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.

Domestic Violence And Its Direct And Indirect Effect On Children



Domestic violence can affect children in two ways: DIRECTLY and INDIRECTLY. Let’s look at each of these two categories:


–  the violence is DELIBERATELY aimed at the child with the INTENTION of causing him/her harm

INDIRECTLY Read the rest

BPD and ‘Clinging’ Dependency


BPD and ‘Clinging’ Dependency

An individual suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) typically finds it extremely difficult to judge the appropriate emotional distance/closeness s/he should keep with those with whom s/he interacts.

This can be very confusing indeed for Read the rest

Effects of Childhood Trauma – Alexithymia, Depression and Binge Eating

One possible effect of significant childhood trauma, according to recent research, is a condition known as ALEXITHYMIA; it is closely linked to clinical depression and eating disorders.

Let’s look at the main symptoms of alexithymia. According to Taylor et al,

Read the rest

Neuroplasticity : 3 Ways Brain Can Physically Recover From Trauma


I have previously written articles on how early life trauma can adversely affect the physical development of the brain leading to, for example, psychological difficulties in adulthood such as finding it hard to control our Read the rest

Childhood Trauma And Memory – Why Some Remember, Others Forget

As humans, we have a natural, psychological defence mechanism which allows us to disconnect our conscious awareness from experiences which would be too emotionally disturbing for us to allow them access to our consciousness. This process is termed ‘DISSOCIATIONRead the rest

Dysfunctional Parenting Leading to Pathological Sibling Rivalry

Research suggests that certain types of a dysfunctional family (click here to read my article on ‘scapegoating’ in dysfunctional families) can give rise to pathological sibling rivalry and sibling abuse (the term ‘sibling abuse’ refers to a situation in Read the rest

Dealing With Emotional Abuse : The Emotional Insulation Technique


Just because we are now adults, it does not necessarily follow that we will be completely free of emotional abuse by our parent, perhaps because s/he suffers from borderline personality disorder (BPD), narcissism or some other disorder of personality.Read the rest

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
Read the rest

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

Gay Teens at Greater Risk of Suicide and Mental Illness


A large study at the University of Pittsburgh (USA) has found that gay teens are more likely to have a history of suicidality (eg suicidal feelings, suicidal plans, suicidal attempts) and depression than are heterosexual teens. The figures are 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?

Were you Read the rest

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

An Examination of Suicide and Attempted Suicide


It is a startling fact that those who suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD) – a serious psychiatric condition which has been shown to be strongly associated with the experience of childhood trauma (click 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.

Unfortunately, however, it often goes unidentified Read the rest

Follow by Email