Ego Regression And Progression In Response To Trauma

  According to Kalsched (1996), author of The Inner World Of Trauma.: Archetypal Defenses Of The Personal Spirit., severe childhood trauma can result in the person’s ego/psyche/self fragmenting into both a REGRESSED SELF and a PROGRESSED SELF. What Are The ‘Regressed’ And ‘Progressed’ Selves? REGRESSED SELF: this part of the self/ego/psyche regresses (reverts) to an …

Body Dysmorphic Disorder : Its Link To Childhood Trauma

  Studies (see below) suggest that those of us who suffered traumatic childhoods are significantly more likely to develop body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) than those who were fortunate enough to have experienced relatively stable and nurturing childhoods. I briefly summarize two of these studies below : Study One : A study conducted by Didie et …

Family Therapy And Adolescent BPD Sufferers

  Borderline Personality Disorder In Adolescents : I have written elsewhere about why some mental health clinicians are reluctant to diagnose borderline personality disorder (BPD) in adolescents. However, when an adolescent is believed to be suffering from this extremely serious psychiatric condition, family therapy can be of potentially crucial importance. What Is Family Therapy? Quite …

Do You Spend Too Much Time Not Living In The Present?

  TIME PERSPECTIVE THERAPY: LIVE EFFECTIVELY IN THE PRESENT AND TAKE A POSITIVE VIEW OF PAST AND PRESENT Based upon Zimbardo’s and Boyd’s (2008) Time Perspective Theory, a therapeutic technique known as Time Perspective Therapy (Zimbardo, Sword and Sword) was developed. Time Perspective Therapy is predicated upon Zimbardo’s idea that the way in which we view and relate to …

Splitting, Denial And Flooding : The Inter-relationship

‘SPLITTING’ : This is an unconscious defense mechanism that involves us seeing things in extreme and exaggerated ways, either as ALL GOOD or ALL BAD; this unconscious strategy is often seen in people suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD).  For example, those suffering from this disorder frequently vacillate between, at times, perceiving a friend or …

Why BPD Sufferers Can Often Read Others’ Emotions So Perceptively

  When I was a young child, my mother always remarked upon how easily I picked up on the slightest emotional signals she, and others, displayed (such as a tiny change in expression, a very slight change in tone of voice, subtle variations of body language etc). What both she (I presume)  and I were …

Why Adolescents’ Brains Increase Their Risk Of Psychological Problems

  570 word article For many, adolescence is a very difficult and stressful time, not least because of the neurological and interacting hormonal changes that occur during the period. Changes In The Brain : Between the ages of about ten and early adulthood, the brain undergoes three major periods of dramatic physical development as described …

Factors That Put The Child’s Mental Health At Risk

  The Risk And Resilience Model : According to the Risk And Resilience Model (Pearce, 1993) there exist three categories of factors that put the child’s mental health at risk. These are as follows : Factors relating to the child’s / young person’s environment Factors relating to the child’s / young person’s family Factors relating …