Why A ‘Love-Hate’ Relationship Develops Between The Abusive Parent And The Child

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  If we were significantly maltreated by our parent/s when we were children, we may well, as a psychological defence against the intolerable dilemma this put us in, have unconsciously developed a ‘love-hate’ relationship with them. In such cases, feelings of love and hate for the parent are compartmentalised/separated because the state of mind required …

Acrimonious Divorces May Damage Children’s Immune Systems

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  A study conducted by Murphy et al (2017) suggests that childhood trauma (and, specifically, in this case, the experience, as a child, of having had parents who divorced acrimoniously) can adversely affect the immune system. The study involved 201 ‘normal’ adult participants whose parents had separated during their childhoods. The participants were divided into …

Narcissistic Mother Checklist (And Useful Links)

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Narcissistic Mother Checklist : I have published many articles about narcissism on this site, including articles about how traumatizing it is for children to be brought up by a narcissistic parent. In this article, I wish to distill down into one list the most prominent traits, characteristics, attitudes, and behaviors that the narcissistic mother may …

Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde: Do BPD Sufferers Have A ‘Split Personality’?

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  Do BPD Sufferers Have A ‘Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde’ Personality? In terms of symptoms, there exists a clear overlap between the psychiatric conditions of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and dissociative identity disorder (DID). DID use to be referred to multiple-personality disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder And ‘Splitting’ ‘Splitting’ is a psychological …

BRAKE AND GAS-PEDAL BOTH ON? HOW TRAUMA HARMS BODY.

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  Peter Levine, an expert on the effects of trauma on the body, states that as a result of severe and prolonged trauma, the functioning of our nervous systems can become seriously disrupted. More specifically, traumatized individuals can suffer from dysregulation of the¬†autonomic nervous system. What Is The Autonomic Nervous System? The autonomic nervous system …

3 Ways To Classify Trauma: Acute, Complex And Crossover.

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Terr (1991), in an article published in the American Journal Of Psychiatry, proposes three classifications of trauma. These are as follows : Terr’s 3 Ways To Classify Trauma : ACUTE TRAUMA (Type I Trauma) COMPLEX TRAUMA (Type II Trauma) CROSSOVER TRAUMA (Type III Trauma) Below, I briefly define and provide examples of these three classifications …

Posttraumatic Growth : An Existential Perspective

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    Not only possible to recover from the adverse effects of trauma but even to go on to develop as an individual in response to them in ways that would not have been possible had the traumatic events not occurred. The concept of posttraumatic growth is closely related to existential philosophy/psychology. Yalom (1980) asserts …

Steps To Trauma Recovery And Developing Resilience

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The psychoanalyst, Rothschild, in her excellent book ‘Keys To Safe Trauma Recovery‘, suggests that recovery from trauma entails just a handful of major elements and I list these below. Underneath some of the elements that appear on the list, I have added my own short elaborations and elucidations in terms of how each element may …