Why Children May Idealize Even Malevolent Parents

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Why Children Idealize Their Parents When people choose to have children, they are essentially creating a being who is biologically programmed to love them. Children have a natural desire to view their parents positively. They have an intrinsic need (their very survival depends upon it) to bond with their parents and a natural inclination to …

Why Is Physical Illness More Common In PTSD Sufferers?

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If we have suffered from significant childhood trauma leading to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in our adult lives this also puts us at increased risk of developing various unpleasant physical symptoms. This is because the trauma has had chemical effects in our brain (leading to our PTSD) which can have knock-on adverse …

Hyperarousal And Zoning Out: 2 Opposite Child Responses To Stress

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When, as children, we are subjected to trauma, stress, fear, and even terror, our nervous systems may respond in two, diametrically, opposed ways. Both these responses, however, have evolved to serve the same purposes: THOSE OF SELF – PROTECTION AND SELF – PRESERVATION. Both, too, involve biochemical changes in the brain (in particular the regions …

BPD Sufferers May Have Subtle Learning Difficulties

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  Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) And Learning Difficulties : Research suggests that individuals who suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD) may have mild to moderate dysfunctions in certain areas of cognitive processing, in particular in the area of learning and memory that involves the processing of complex information. However, such problems tend to be subtle …

‘Primary Maternal Preoccupation’ : Vital Importance Of Mother-Infant Attunement

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The psychoanalyst Winnicott believed that the primary and most fundamental need of the human being is a close emotional and psychological bond with other people; and, as one might imagine, the baby’s bond with the mother is the most vital relationship of all. The Third Trimester And Primary Maternal Preoccupation: Winnicott stressed the enormous importance …

Are You The Family Symptom Bearer But Also Truth Teller?

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What Is A Family Symptom Bearer? In psychology, the term ‘family symptom bearer’  essentially refers to a scapegoat in the family who displays psychiatric problems brought on by the extreme dysfunction, especially with regard to communication, of the family as a whole. In other words, the family symptom bearer is a kind of conduit through …