The Mother Prone to Explosive Rage.

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When a mother is prone to uncontrolled, explosive outbursts of rage it casts a shadow over every day for her offspring. The child needs to be on constant ‘red alert’, preoccupied with the possibility of another outburst, always anticipating it, but never being able to predict it. Such a mother will often DISPLACE (take out) …

Trauma Leading to Dysfunctional Eating Behaviour

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  People who have suffered childhood trauma, and, as a result, have gone on to develop mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression and borderline personality disorder (BPD) have, statistically, worse PHYSICAL health, on average, than those who are mentally well. One reason for this, although there are many) is that both the sufferer and their …

Effects of Parental Favouritism On Favored And Unfavoured Child

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  The effects of long-term parental favouritism will affect how the favoured and non-favoured child perceive themselves. The more extreme the difference in treatment, all else being equal, the more acute will be the effects on the respective children. I will use the example of a step-family as I grew up in one. Very sadly, …

Narcissistic Personality Disorder : Its Link To Childhood Trauma

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This article examines the link between narcissistic disorder and childhood trauma. Several of my articles have already looked in some detail at the link between childhood trauma and the subsequent risk of developing a personality disorder (or disorders) if appropriate psychotherapeutic intervention is not sought. Whilst precise mechanisms underlying the link between childhood trauma and subsequent development of …

How Borderline Personality Symptoms Reinforce Each Other.

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One of the greatest difficulties of managing borderline personality disorder (BPD) is that the symptoms it creates tend to feed off, and intensify, each other; often this will end in a crisis point at which the affected individual will become suicidal and/or require hospitalization. Until the disorder is properly treated with the relevant therapy, the individual …

What Studies on ‘Unloved’ Rats Tell us about Effects of Childhood Trauma

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    It is being increasingly recognized by research psychologists that the environment we are brought up in has a critical effect upon our later development and functioning. As in all areas of medical research, animal studies play a vital role in helping us to understand the possible causes of human psychological pathology. Key studies …

How Is a Personality Disorder Defined And How Many Are There?

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  DEFINITION OF PERSONALITY DISORDER : In order to address this question, it seems sensible to first outline what psychotherapists mean by a HEALTHY personality. In general, one would expect someone with a healthy personality to exhibit the following characteristics: – an ability to engage in satisfying personal relationships – generally has age-expected thoughts and …

Compassion Focused Therapy for Effects of Childhood Trauma

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  Therapy which emphasizes self-compassion (as well as compassion for others), not inappropriately called COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY (CFT), has become increasingly utilized for the treatment of the effects of childhood trauma over the last decade or so. It is based on 3 main components : being mindful of one’s own suffering. being kind to oneself …