Inconsistent Mothering Leading To The ‘Splitting’ Defense Mechanism.

‘Splitting’ is a primary defense mechanism for coping with identity disturbance and occurs when an individual is not able to integrate the range of positive and negative qualities that exist in the self and in other people into a realistic, cohesive, overall, mental representation. Because of this, the person prone to ‘splitting’ has a very …

Childhood Trauma And ‘Shattered Assumptions’ Theory

One of the major effects of childhood trauma, especially if it has led us, as adults, to develop conditions such as borderline personality disorder or complex posttraumatic stress disorder, is that it can radically alter our most fundamental and core beliefs about how the world and our lives operate. In this way, prolonged and significant …

Signs An Adult Was Abused As A Child

Signs an adult was abused as a child include the following : 1) DISSOCIATION : Symptoms of dissociation can range from mild to severe: Mild symptoms of dissociation include ‘zoning out’ and feeling in a daze, whereas severe symptoms of dissociation may include amnesia, time loss and feeling out of control.  2) UNSTABLE RELATIONSHIPS WITH …

How Context Affects The Child’s Reaction To Trauma

Traumatic childhood experiences, obviously, do not occur in a vacuum but within the context of the child’s life as a whole. All elements of this context will interact with the direct effects of the traumatic experience. These elements can be divided into two broad categories : 1. The child’s own, personal qualities (sometimes referred to …

A Study Into The Main Effects Of Mentally Ill Mothers On Their Children

A study (McCormac et al.) conducted at the University of Newcastle was conducted to investigate the main effects on children’s’ behavioural and emotional states of being brought up by a mentally ill mother (a total of 13 mothers with serious mental disorders and had previously been hospitalized in psychiatric wards participated in the study). Information …

A Study Into The Adverse Effects Of Psychologically Controlling Parents

A study (Stafford et al.) conducted at University College, London suggests that individuals who have been brought up by psychologically controlling parents during their childhoods are at significantly greater risk of suffering from mental health problems in later life than those brought up by less psychologically controlling parents. EXAMPLES OF PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTROL OF CHILDREN BY …

Childhood Trauma Leading To Over-Dominant Brain Stem

A simplified way of describing the structure of the brain is to think of it as comprising three main regions (e.g. MacLean, 1990) that develop in the following order from birth to a person’s early or mid-twenties. FIRST TO DEVELOP: The brain stem and midbrain : Main functions : Sensory / motor and basic survival …