When ‘Survival Brain’ Replaces ‘Learning Brain’ Due To Childhood Trauma

If we suffer severe, protracted childhood trauma that involved us living in an environment in which we were constantly anticipating danger from an abusive parent or primary carer it is possible that our ‘survival’ brain was so frequently activated that it became dominant at the expense of the development and functioning of the ‘learning’ brain. …

Do BPD Sufferers And Psychopaths Have Things In Common?

In the U.S. has been estimated that up to 30 % of those in prison suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD) compared to 1-2% in the general population, about 20% in psychiatric institutions.and about 10% of psychiatric outpatients.(American Psychiatric Association). Given the disproportionate number of individuals with BPD in prison, it seems reasonable to ask …

‘Making A Monster’: The Effects Of The Childhood Of Rose West

A documentary called ‘Making A Monster’ recently aired on Channel 5 and involved various experts trying to assess to what degree to which the childhoods of some of the world’s worst criminals contributed to them carrying out their terrible acts. Serial killer Rose West, who carried out her profoundly distressing and utterly appalling crimes (these …

Is Your Attachment Style Preoccupied, Dismissing or Fearful?

According to Bowlby, if we bonded with our mother or primary carer in infanthood/early childhood in a healthy way so that strong bonds of love and trust developed between us then we, as adults, will develop a SECURE ATTACHMENT STYLE. However, if the reverse is true, Bowlby suggested that we are far more likely to …

Did Your Parents Only Show You Concern Once You Were Broken?

Did your parents only show you a semblance of warmth and concern when you were needy, submissive, dependent, and emotionally broken yet become distant, cold, and dismissive if anything went well for you or you showed signs of carving out some degree of independence? According to Lorna Smith Benjamin, author of the book Interpersonal Diagnosis …

The Search For Mother Or Father Figures Resulting From Childhood Trauma

The experience of chronic and severe childhood trauma can result in profound emotional hurt being inflicted upon our ‘inner child.’ The term ‘inner child, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is: .’the childlike usually hidden part of a person’s personality that is characterized by playfulness, spontaneity, and creativity usually accompanied by anger, hurt, and fear attributable …

Why Traditional Discipline Strategies May Fail With Traumatized Children

It is normal for children who have been severely traumatized over a protracted period to externalize and act out their inner psychological pain and such behaviour can be due to damage done to their neurological (brain) development by having been exposed to chronic, toxic levels as stress (see the ACE Study for examples of Adverse …

The Dangers Of Early Onset BPD, Risk Factors And Treatments

Many clinicians are reluctant to diagnose BPD in young people due to a variety of reasons including the fact that their personalities and their brains themselves are still developing (the human brain is not fully developed until about the age of 25 years) and, sadly, the stigma that is still attached to a diagnosis of …

Recovery From BPD And The Importance Of Insight

Borderline personality disorder can lead to people acting in alarmingly dysfunctional ways, both to the detriment of their own lives and of those around them. however, the good news is that many sufferers can and do recover. There are many factors that aid such recovery including the love and support of those close to the …

How Religious Indoctrination In Childhood Can Fuel OCD

Indoctrinating the child with certain religious beliefs relating to how one should think can provide extremely fertile ground for the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) due, in part, to a phenomenon known as THOUGHT-ACTION FUSION. The phrase ‘thought-action fusion’ refers to the dysfunctional belief that to merely THINK about doing something unacceptable is as morally …