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The Effects of Trauma on the Self

Human beings have an innate desire to make order and sense out of chaos. But trauma survivors are often unable to do this effectively because overwhelming emotions (such as fear, anger, guilt, and shame) overpower the rational side of the brain’s ability to concentrate, understand, and frame the event in logical terms.

The mind has an extraordinary ability to survive and protect itself during trauma by creating powerful survival mechanisms. Problems arise, when, years after the trauma, these once life-saving responses, having become automatic, operate outside of one’s control, and hurt rather than help.

Safety from Trauma

The consequences of trauma and PTSD vary greatly depending on the age of the survivor, the nature of the trauma, the response to the trauma, and the support (or lack thereof) to the survivor in the aftermath. Memories of the trauma form the basis for the survivor’s personality identity: they come to believe they are their history. Their mind and body hold these memories which imprison them. By identifying with these memories; survivors cannot live fully in the present.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Typically those suffering from PTSD are plagued by a reduced quality of life, due to intrusive symptoms, which restrict their ability to function. Reminders of the trauma they endured may appear suddenly, causing instant panic. Eventually, the survivor of PTSD can become extremely restricted, fearing to be with others, sometimes even afraid to leave their home. 

Psychological trauma affects one’s capacity to form trusting relationships and to find ways of making meaning out of a chaotic world. Issues of trust / betrayal arise, along with fear and vulnerability. Limiting core beliefs generate what are sometimes lifelong mal-adaptive patterns; children, especially, feel unlovable, a false core belief they carry into adulthood.

Early traumatizing relationships affect issues of self esteem and the capacity to identify and negotiate personal needs. Since alternative ways of relating to others are often not known, life may consist of frequent repetition of re-traumatizing relationships. Primary wounds become unconscious and distort behaviors.

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