Often In A ‘Trance’? Tonic Immobility: A Response To Childhood Trauma

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What Is The Tonic Immobility Response? Our stress responses are the legacy of millions of years of evolution – evolution turns us (and all living courses) into ‘survival machines’ and our stress response (when working correctly) is a vital element in our survival ‘tool kit’. Most of us are familiar with the stress response known …

Childhood Trauma Leading to The Inability to Trust

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Do You Have An Inability To Trust? One of the most harmful legacies of childhood trauma is the survivor’s incapacity to develop trust in others. When we were children, in the face of abuse, we felt powerless. This may have been because, in our home environment, the parent exercised power in a way that was inconsistent, …

Narcissistic Parents’ Contradictory Behaviour: Neediness And Grandiosity

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The Narcissistic Parent : One of the most confusing and frustrating aspects of dealing with a narcissistic parent is that they seem to have two sides to their personality which appear to be diametrically opposed (although, actually, they are inter-related – two sides of the same coin, as it were). The dichotomy at the heart …

Can’t Control Impulses? Impulse Control Activities For Adults.

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Can’t Control Impulses? Impulse Control Activities For Adults. Do You Find It Hard To Control Impulsive Behavior? If we have suffered severe childhood trauma which has led us to develop borderline personality disorder/BPD (click here to read my article on the link between childhood trauma and BPD) one of the most harmful symptoms we suffer may be …

Learning to Escape Past and Live in Present After Childhood Trauma

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  One of the main effects of having suffered significant childhood trauma is that we can become painfully caught up in the past, sometimes reliving our experiences again and again as if we were actually re-experiencing them in the immediate present. This can lead to great distress and can be manifested in the form of …