Idealization Of Others : A Defense Mechanism Stemming From Childhood Trauma

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Within the discipline of psychology, there exists a concept known as ‘splitting’.¬†Splitting refers to a false perception of seeing others as either ‘all good’ or ‘all bad’. During childhood, this is normal. However, it can persist into adulthood, operating as a psychological defence mechanism, which prevents us from taking a more realistic, considered and complex …

Why Betrayal In Childhood May Increase Risk Of Being Revictimised As An Adult

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    Whilst much research has been conducted suggesting that those of us who were betrayed by parents/primary caregivers in our early life are more likely to mistrust others once we become adults, other research also shows that those of us who were betrayed in childhood are also more likely to be re-victimized as adults. …

The Gifted Child : Characteristics And Potential Problems.

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  What Is Meant By ‘A Gifted Child’? According to the National Association For Gifted Children, a gifted child is one who is in the top 3 to 5% of children of his age in one of the following areas: 1) General intellectual ability 2) Specific academic aptitude 3) Creative thinking 4) Visual and performance …

Indirect Abuse: Effects On Children Of Witnessing Domestic Violence.

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  Domestic violence¬†often involves a man physically abusing a woman on repeated occasions (although it can, of course, involve a woman assaulting a man or a partner assaulting a same-sex partner in the case of gay relationships). In this article, however, to save complications, I’ll use the conventional example of a man who attacks a …

Childhood Trauma And ADHD : Is PTSD Being Misdiagnosed As ADHD?

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This article considers the possible link between childhood trauma and ADHD. However, to clear up any possible misinterpretation of this article, it is important to state at the outset that ADHD is undoubtedly a genuine disorder and it is not by any means implied below that all cases involve underlying trauma. In the …

How Our Childhoods Can Make Us Feel Worthless And Inadequate.

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Feel Worthless And Inadequate? Everyone is born with the potential to develop a high sense of self-worth and value as a person. Clearly, however, we do not all manage to attain such a positive view of ourselves. Why should this be? Mainly, we derive our sense of self-worth from how we are treated and responded …

Intellectualization as a Defense Mechanism Following Childhood Trauma

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  Intellectualisation is a psychological defence mechanism which serves as an escape route from interacting on an emotional level with others, and the outside world in general, into the refuge of ‘the life of the mind’. People who employ this defence mechanism, then, prefer to ‘live in their heads’, finding participating overly in the harsh …

Escaping The Pain of The Past : A Five Stage Grieving Model

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    Image source: Dreamstime.com If we had a troubled childhood, it is not unusual to find we become preoccupied with certain elements of it or even obsessed. In this way, we can let it define who we are now in a way that is not good for us, preventing us from enjoying the present, …

Psychotic Symptoms In Adolescence Linked To Childhood Trauma

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A recent study (Upthegrove et al.) has shown that individuals who have experienced significant childhood trauma are far more likely to experience early (ie during adolescence) symptoms of psychosis than those fortunate enough to have experienced a relatively stable childhood. The study involved over 200 young people and focused upon the effects on these individuals’ …