Why Rejection Is So Painful : An Evolutionary Explanation.

Due to the forces of evolution, our brains have developed, first and foremost, to keep us alive, irrespective of whether the emotions that drive us to do cause us pleasure or pain; in this sense, the process of evolution is entirely indifferent as to whether or not we are happy; indeed, this is why our …

Childhood Trauma Can Impair Workplace Performance In Later Life

The negative effects of childhood trauma can also seriously impair our work performance as adults. Some obvious examples include: low academic achievement. alcoholism. drug addiction. anger management problems (which may lead to conflict in relations with colleagues and the boss). relationship problems (including marital and family difficulties), depression, anxiety, headaches, somatic symptoms (such as back …

Stress Contagion : Study On Effects Of The Mother’s Stress On Her Baby

Obviously, I do not remember being a baby, and, because of this, I have often been concerned about how my mother’s ever dramatically fluctuating emotional states and bouts of hysteria may have had on my psychological development. The study I describe below would seem to justify that concern. The study to which I refer was …

Childhood Trauma And Its Link To Adult Chronic Pain.

DISCLAIMER: NEVER ASSUME PAIN IS DUE TO PSYCHOLOGICAL CAUSES – ALWAYS CONSULT AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL TO HAVE ITS CAUSE PROPERLY INVESTIGATED. The rehabilitation specialist, Dr John Sarno (Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University, theorized that a significant amount of chronic pain reported to doctors is connected to repressed rage, often stemming from …

Maternal Reinforcement Of Passive Dependency In Future BPD Sufferers

When I was young, my mother seemed to derive an odd sense of satisfaction (one hesitates to use the word ‘pleasure’) from my emotional distress. At such times, I see now, her fundamental motivation to comfort me (by talking to me, never in a tactile way by hugging etc.) was to make herself feel needed, …

Childhood Trauma Leading To Psychotic And Immature Defense Mechanisms

  According to the  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the unconscious defence mechanisms we employ to help us deal with stress can be split into four main types; these are : psychotic defence mechanisms. immature defence mechanisms. intermediate/neurotic defence mechanisms. mature defence mechanisms. If we have suffered severe and protracted childhood trauma which …