Author Archives: David Hosier Msc

Holder of MSc and post graduate teaching diploma in psychology. Highly experienced in education. Founder of Survivor of severe childhood trauma.

Dealing With Emotional Abuse : The Emotional Insulation Technique

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Constant Feelings of Threat/Paranoia And Their Link To Childhood Trauma

If we felt frequently threatened as young children, and this occurred over a significant period of time, it is not at all improbable that THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR NERVOUS SYSTEM WAS ADVERSELY AFFECTED.
Our nervous system is involved with our
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Obsessive Love Resulting From Dysfunctional Childhood.


Individuals who fall victim to feelings of obsessive love tend to focus these feelings on a person who is obviously UNAVAILABLE (e.g. has a different sexual orientation or is in a happy and devoted relationship Read the rest

Overcoming Pessimism Caused by Childhood Trauma

I have written at length, in other articles on this site, about how those of us who suffered significant and protracted, interpersonal childhood trauma are more likely, on average, to develop mental illness as adults, including clinical depression One of Read the rest

Childhood Trauma Questionnaire


Childhood Trauma Questionnaire:

(Derived from questions originally used in the Adverse Childhood Experiences [ACE] Study).



Did your parents often demean you, devalue you, swear at you or humiliate you?

Did your parents physically abuse you?

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Posttraumatic Growth – Reconstructing The Life Story We Tell Ourselves

We make sense of our lives by telling ourselves a story about it – however, this does not mean the story we tell ourselves reflects reality, not least because how we act and behave are often motivated by unconscious processes Read the rest

Always ‘Zoning Out’? : Dissociative Disorder Explained.



Those of us who experienced significant childhood trauma are at a far higher risk of developing the psychiatric condition known as DISSOCIATIVE DISORDER in adulthood than are the rest of the population.

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Disturbing Memories – Why They can Remain Unprocessed

The human brain is able to process most memories without difficulty. If, however, we have experienced particularly disturbing events during our childhood, it is possible that certain memories connected to such events have not yet been properly processed by the Read the rest

Harmful Effects of Poverty on Early Brain Development

Poverty And Brain Development

A great many studies have now been conducted which show that those who grow up in poverty run the risk of the physical development of their brains being harmed, resulting in a negative impact on

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The Course of BPD over the Life Span



There has, unfortunately, been little research on what those who suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD) as adults were like, in terms of their personalities and character traits, as children; however, there is a fair amount of anecdotal Read the rest

Insomnia More Common in Childhood Trauma Survivors

I have already published on this site a great many articles about how those of us who have suffered significant childhood trauma are at considerably higher risk of suffering from psychiatric conditions, as adults than average. One such condition is Read the rest

Combined Effects of Divorce and Emotional Abuse on The Child.


Sometimes, when parents divorce, the child finds s/he is left to be brought up by a dysfunctional parent, perhaps because the single-parent is under enormous stress and/or suffers from mental illness. Indeed, this was the situation I found myself Read the rest

Stressful Experiences Linked to Childhood Obesity

We are frequently reminded by the media that, in the western world, obesity in children has increased at an alarming rate since around the 1970s; worse, this rate of increase is expected to keep on growing for the foreseeable future. Read the rest

Childhood Events And Experiences Linked To Bipolar Disorder


Bipolar disorder (which used to be called ‘manic depression’) is a condition in which the affected individual oscillates between periods of severe depression and periods of mania, combined with periods of relative ‘normality’ intervening between these episodes.

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Betrayal By Parents : Long-term Effects.


When parents/primary caretakers, the very people who have a profound responsibility to protect and nurture their child, perpetrate abuse against him/her, the child’s psychological development is likely to be damaged on a fundamental level.

The child will come to view Read the rest