Neuroplasticity : 3 Ways Brain Can Physically Recover From Trauma

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THE BRAIN AND NEUROPLASTICITY : I have previously written articles on how early life trauma can adversely affect the physical development of the brain leading to, for example, psychological difficulties in adulthood such as finding it hard to control our emotions and finding it difficult to cope with stress. I have also written about how …

Childhood Trauma And Memory – Why Some Remember, Others Forget

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As humans, we have a natural, psychological defence mechanism which allows us to disconnect our conscious awareness from experiences which would be too emotionally disturbing for us to allow them access to our consciousness. This process is termed ‘DISSOCIATION‘ by psychologists. The process of dissociation, in relation to the experience of severe trauma, can happen: …

Dysfunctional Parenting Leading to Pathological Sibling Rivalry

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Research suggests that certain types of a dysfunctional family (click here to read my article on ‘scapegoating’ in dysfunctional families) can give rise to pathological sibling rivalry and sibling abuse (the term ‘sibling abuse’ refers to a situation in which one sibling bullies another in an extreme way). HOW CAN DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES LEAD TO PATHOLOGICAL SIBLING …

Dealing With Emotional Abuse : The Emotional Insulation Technique

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  Just because we are now adults, it does not necessarily follow that we will be completely free of emotional abuse by our parent, perhaps because s/he suffers from borderline personality disorder (BPD), narcissism or some other disorder of personality. This is especially true if our relationship with our parent is still operating according to …

Constant Feelings of Threat/Paranoia And Their Link To Childhood Trauma

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  If we felt frequently threatened as young children, and this occurred over a significant period of time, it is not at all improbable that THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR NERVOUS SYSTEM WAS ADVERSELY AFFECTED.   Our nervous system is involved with our physiological response to stress and, in the situation described above, it can become ‘stuck’ …

Obsessive Love Resulting From Dysfunctional Childhood.

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POSSIBLE CAUSES OF OBSESSIVE LOVE Individuals who fall victim to feelings of obsessive love tend to focus these feelings on a person who is obviously UNAVAILABLE (e.g. has a different sexual orientation or is in a happy and devoted relationship with someone else). This means the object of obsessive love is likely to be, at …

Overcoming Pessimism Caused by Childhood Trauma

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I have written at length, in other articles on this site, about how those of us who suffered significant and protracted, interpersonal childhood trauma are more likely, on average, to develop mental illness as adults, including clinical depression One of the hallmarks of clinical depression is a deeply entrenched and profound pessimistic outlook – often, …

Narcissistic Parent : Typical Behavior

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What Is The Typical Behavior Of The Narcissistic Parent? The psychologist Brown, an expert in this area, highlights for us the kinds of characteristics narcissistic parents frequently has; these are : 1) A need to constantly be the center of attention 2) A need for constant and unconditional admiration from others 3) A need to be …