Author Archives: David Hosier Msc

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

Why A ‘Love-Hate’ Relationship Develops Between The Abusive Parent And The Child

 

If we were significantly maltreated by our parent/s when we were children, we may well, as a psychological defence against the intolerable dilemma this put us in, have unconsciously developed a ‘love-hate’ relationship with them.

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Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde: Do BPD Sufferers Have A ‘Split Personality’?

 

Do BPD Sufferers Have A ‘Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde’ Personality?

In terms of symptoms, there exists a clear overlap between the psychiatric conditions of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and dissociative identity disorder (DID). DID use to be referred Read the rest

Posttraumatic Growth : An Existential Perspective

 

 

Not only possible to recover from the adverse effects of trauma but even to go on to develop as an individual in response to them in ways that would not have been possible had the traumatic events not Read the rest

Controlling Emotions : The Emotional Regulation System

 

If, as children, we experienced, significant and protracted trauma we are at increased risk of developing various psychological difficulties as adults, including an increased risk of developing borderline personality disorder (BPD) and complex posttraumatic stress disorder.

One of the Read the rest

Childhood Psychological Trauma Can Lead To Brain Inflammation

 

It has recently been discovered that chronic, unpredictable, psychological stress in early life can lead to inflammation in the brain. This has come as something of a surprise to many researchers as it had previously been believed by most Read the rest

Possible Long-Term Effects Of Highly Stressed Mothers On Infants

HPA axis

Mothers who are suffering severe and protracted stress (e.g. due to an anxiety disorder) for a significant period of time whilst bringing up their infants are likely to be less attentive to their off-spring than are mothers who are mentally Read the rest

What Is The Difference Between Repression And Dissociation?

 

 

I have frequently referred to the concepts of DISSOCIATION and REPRESSION on this site as, of course, both are highly relevant to the subject of childhood trauma. But what is the difference between the two?

REPRESSION :

In Read the rest

Complex PTSD And ‘A Sense Of A Foreshortened Future.’

 

Those suffering from Complex PTSD may live their lives as if there is, literally, no tomorrow. This might include spending all of their money as soon as they get it or entering into destructive relationships. Also, individuals may be Read the rest

Impulse Control In Early Life : Study Showing Its Vital Importance

 

We have already seen that those who suffer such severe, protracted childhood trauma that they go on to develop borderline personality disorder (BPD) have very significant problems regarding self-regulation (i.e, controlling intense emotions) and with IMPULSE CONTROL (along with Read the rest

Types Of Narcissist : Extraverted, Introverted/Covert And Communal

 

We have already seen what the effects can be upon the child who is brought up by a parent with a narcissistic personality disorder as well as how some forms of dysfunctional upbringing can put the child him/herself at

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Hypervigilance And Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Complex PTSD).

If we have grown up in a chronically stressful and traumatic environment in which we often experienced anxiety, trepidation, stress and fear we are at high risk of developing a fundamental, core belief (on a conscious and/or unconscious level) that Read the rest

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga For Reducing Symptoms Of Complex PTSD

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Studies into the effectiveness of yoga already suggest that it can help to ameliorate both physical and psychological problems including diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety.

There also now exists evidence (e.g. van Read the rest

What Are The Differences Between BPD And Complex PTSD? A Study

Because there is considerable overlap in symptoms between those suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) and those suffering from complex posttraumatic disorder (complex PTSD), those with the latter condition can be misdiagnosed as suffering from the former condition.

In order Read the rest

Dysfunctional Ways Parents May Seek To Over-Control Children

 

 

 

I outline some of the most common ways in which parents may attempt to exert excessive control over their children below :

Emotional Enmeshment :

This occurs when a parent is intensely and overwhelmingly emotionally involved with his/her child so Read the rest

A Study On The Childhoods Of Murderers

A study conducted by Lewis et al. (1985) and published in the American Journal Of Psychiatry examined the childhoods of nine convicted murders with the aim of discovering what characteristics (if any) they had in common. The main characteristics identified Read the rest