Created by Dave Boyer 12/2013Vestibulum | Sed vulputate
Dave Boyer, M.Ed, CADC1, LMFT
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What is Trauma?
Trauma is what many people experience after distressing life changing events, such as combat, sexual assault, abuse, automobile accidents, natural disasters, violent crime etc. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may take months or even years to develop after such events. Humiliation, especially when experienced in childhood, will often influence our self-perception and thus, shapes our identity - often as much as major events.
The Effects of Trauma & Humiliation
Trauma & humiliation are stored in our neural systems along with images surrounding events, negative self-beliefs about ourselves that we normally know are not true, emotions and body sensations experienced at the time of the traumatic event. Trauma networks are isolated from the positive things we normally know to be true about ourselves. Trauma networks are re-activated when triggered by something similar to the original event, such as a backfire for a combat veteran or particular cologne for a sexual assault victim. When these networks are re-activated, the person will experience all of the thoughts and sensations that they did around the original event, essentially leaving them re-traumatized. Frequently, the person will not even be aware of what is being triggered. This will occur over and over in a variety of situations until the original trauma is resolved. Therapeutic help is often necessary to resolve such trauma.
Typical Trauma & Humiliation Responses