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.

Signs of Dysfunctional Families

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Overcoming Guilt Caused by Childhood Trauma




If we have been mistreated as children, we may well grow up with a pervasive feeling that we are irredeemably ‘bad’ people (click here to read my article on why this happens). This can lead to Read the rest

Childhood Trauma : Coping with Rejection.

We are never so defenceless against suffering as when we love, never so unhelplessly unhappy as when we have lost our loved object or its love’

Sigmund Freud, 1856 – 1939

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Study Suggesting Meditation More Effective Than Anti-depressants

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We have already seen that significant childhood trauma is associated with increased risk of depression in adulthood which by no means is always responsive to anti-depressants. A recent research study, carried out jointly by researchers Read the rest

Factors that Influence the Severity of Effects of Child Abuse



The degree to which a person who suffers abuse during childhood is damaged by the experience will depend upon a number of different factors.

Those who research such factors have split them into two groups :

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Difference Between Borderline Personality Disorder In Men And Women




The most up-to-date research shows that there are a number of differences between the symptoms of borderline personality disorder in men compared to borderline personality disorder in women.


The Brain, Neuroscience and Meditation


The brain – the most complex entity in the known universe – controls our thoughts, moods, behaviour and memories. It is clearly a physical entity, but neuroscientists are still a long way from being able to

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Childhood Trauma and Obsessive Love Disorder



Obsessions are a symptom of an underlying anxiety disorder and materialize as a result of great stress such as severe emotional injury during childhood. In order to escape a world of intolerable psychological pain, the person suffering from Read the rest

Childhood Trauma, Therapy And The Right Brain


As recently as 25 years ago, it was still frequently believed that the structure of the brain had already been genetically determined at birth. Now, however, we, of course, know that this is absolutely NOT the case. Indeed, the Read the rest

Childhood Trauma Linked to Homosexuality


It is a politically sensitive debate, but in the light of solid scientific findings, it is necessary to have the courage to address such matters. Childhood trauma has been linked in several research studies with sexual addiction/compulsion due to Read the rest

Ten Questions We can Ask Ourselves to Challenge Our Negative Thoughts.


My mother was one of the world’s most negative people. I remember, when I was a young child, one of her favourite sayings was that people did not need to ask what Hell would be like as we were Read the rest

Repressed Memories : The Need for Further Research


The concept of repressed memories was made popular by Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) who hypothesized that traumatic memories could be buried deep in the unconscious without conscious access for long periods of time and that this caused his Read the rest

Why a Mother’s Influence Is So Powerful.

‘A boy’s best friend is his mother.

  – Norman Bates, from the film ‘Psycho’, 1960.

Our mothers have an enormous influence upon how we view ourselves and the value that we place upon ourselves. Indeed, during our early Read the rest

Childhood Trauma And Depressive Illness : Fifteen Types of Depression.

On average, and all else being equal, the more traumatic a person’s childhood, the more likely it is that s/he will experience depression at some point in his/her life.

I list below fifteen different categories of depression. A person can Read the rest

Metacognitive Therapy For Borderline Personality Disorder And Other Conditions



Metacognitive therapy (MCT) was developed by Dr Adrian Wells and Dr Gerald Matthews in the early 1990s.  It shares elements in common with, but is distinct from, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).

The main difference is that whilst Read the rest

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