David Hosier MSc

4 Types Of Borderline Mother : Witch, Hermit, Waif And Queen.

    “The Queen is controlling, the Witch is sadistic, the Hermit is fearful, and the Waif is helpless”.   Christine Ann Lawson, Understanding the Borderline Mother For those of us who grew up with mothers who suffered from a borderline personality disorder (BPD), our childhoods were often painful and anguished. We found ourselves living …

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Pathological Lying : Its Link To Childhood Trauma

– lies spontaneously/impulsively – lies even though he may receive no benefit whatsoever from the lie (indeed, many lies s/he tells will be self-damaging) – has little or no control over his/her lying behavior Roots Of Pathological Lying (Originally Called Pseudologia Phantastica) In Childhood: Research has demonstrated that an individual is more likely to become …

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Relationship Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ROCD)

We have already seen, in other posts that I have published on this site, that significant and protracted childhood trauma can put the individual who suffers it at higher risk of developing various psychiatric problems later on in life, including obsessive-compulsive disorder.  In this particular article, however, I will concentrate upon a variant of obsessive-compulsive …

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Child Trauma, Arrested Psychological Development and Age Regression

        For example, an eleven-year-old child who was abandoned by his/her primary carer at age four may throw tantrums similar to those one might expect of a four-year-old when left with an unfamiliar babysitter. In other words, he may regress behaviorally to the developmental stage at which s/he became frozen. Such regressive …

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What Are ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’ (ACEs)?

  Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have been split into three categories : ABUSE NEGLECT FAMILY DYSFUNCTION In the original ACE study (conducted by Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 1995 and 1997), these three categories were further broken down into : ABUSE: Emotional; physical and sexual NEGLECT: Physical; emotional FAMILY DYSFUNCTION: …

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3 Stages Of Complex PTSD Treatment: Stabilisation, Therapy And Reintegration.

    What is the best complex PTSD treatment? The NHS (UK) recommends that those suffering from complex PTSD undergo three stages of treatment. These are as follows : 1) STABILISATION 2) TRAUMA-FOCUSED THERAPY 3) REINTEGRATION Let’s look at each of these a little more closely : STABILIZATION: NHS guidelines suggest that during the first …

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Somatic Experiencing Therapy : Healing The Dysfunctional Nervous System

  Dr. Peter Levine’s somatic experiencing therapy is predicated upon the idea that the disturbing symptoms of PTSD are substantially caused by the adverse effect our traumatic experiences have had on the way our body and nervous system work. In essence, Levine contends that if we are suffering from PTSD it means we have become ‘stuck’ in …

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The ‘Still Face’ Experiment: The Importance Of The Mother-Child Bond.

  As newborn babies, we enter the world ‘hard-wired’ (i.e. neurologically predisposed) and driven to form a powerful bond with our primary carer. How well the quality of this bond (which psychologists normally refer to as ‘attachment’) develops has a critical impact on the infant’s psychological and emotional development. Indeed, if the manner in which …

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Does Your Personality Feel ‘Fragmented’?

Some people who experienced significant childhood disorder go on to develop dissociative identity disorder (DID) which causes the different aspects of the person’s personality to be poorly integrated and fragmented which leads to them operating relatively independently of one another. These fragmented aspects of the personality are often simply referred to as ‘parts’ by psychologists …

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Take The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Test

The best-known study on the effects of adverse childhood experiences on later life was conducted by Felleti and was called, not inappropriately, THE ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES STUDY, abbreviated to the ACE Study. One of Feletti’s main aims in carrying out this study was to increase public and professional awareness of the enormous importance of the …

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Sadistic-Narcissistic Parents And Their Effects

1431 word article. Sadistic-narcissistic parents need to feel superior to others and maintain power and control over them. In order to achieve this end, s/he is willing to inflict pain upon others, most frequently emotional and psychological pain, but sometimes physical pain too. Sadistic-narcissistic parents will frequently be prepared to inflict such pain on their …

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Childhood Emotional Neglect And Avoidant Personality Disorder (AvPD)

The Link Between Childhood Emotional Neglect And Avoidant Personality Disorder : It is thought that about 2-3% of individuals within the U.S. suffer from an avoidant personality disorder (AvPD). This disorder can often be linked to childhood emotional neglect. Those who suffer from the disorder tend to be preoccupied with the faults and failings they …

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Childhood Trauma And ADHD: Is PTSD Being Misdiagnosed As ADHD?

IMPORTANT NOTE: This article considers the possible link between childhood trauma and ADHD. However, to clear up any possible misinterpretation of this article, it is important to state at the outset that ADHD is undoubtedly a genuine disorder and it is not by any means implied below that all cases involve underlying trauma. In the …

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Possible Childhood Characteristics of Future Serial Killers

      Image source: Bigstock Research has demonstrated that many serial killers have much in common when it comes to their childhood experiences. Below, I provide a list of the common characteristics they may sometimes share. It goes without saying, however, that people with many or even all of these characteristics will not invariably …

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