Author Archives: David Hosier Bsc Hons; Msc; Pgde(fahe)

Psychologist, researcher and educationalist.

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Help Repair The Cortex

 

We have seen from other articles that I have published on this site how severe and protracted childhood trauma can adversely affect the physical development of the brain, including, most importantly, the prefrontal cortex; this damage to the cortex, Read the rest

How Childhood Trauma Can Lead To Depression And Unhappiness As Adults.

 

 

A study conducted at the University of Cambridge in the UK, involving 238 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 years, focused on investigating how GENES AND ENVIRONMENT INTERACT and in what ways this interaction increases or Read the rest

What Is Privileged Abandonment And How Can It Affect The Child?

 

Before we focus more specifically on privileged abandonment, let’s look at what is meant by the term ‘childhood abandonment’ and why it might occur more generally and at the potential effects of such abandonment upon the individual.

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Active And Passive Emotional Abuse

 

 

Emotional abuse of children (sometimes referred to as psychological abuse) by their parents / primary caregivers can be divided into two types :

  1. PASSIVE EMOTIONAL ABUSE
  2. ACTIVE EMOTIONAL ABUSE

Let’s look at each of these in turn :Read the rest

What Are The Differences Between The Traumatized And Normal Brain?

Severe and protracted childhood trauma can physically damage the brain’s development, adversely affecting both its structure and functionality, which, in turn, can contribute to the development of very serious psychiatric conditions such as complex posttraumatic stress disorder (complex PTSD) and Read the rest

How Childhood Trauma Can Profoundly Damage Our View Of Ourselves

 

If we have experienced childhood trauma to a significant degree, we may irrationally blame ourselves for it which, in turn, may well seriously, negatively, distort our self-perception; in other words, adversely affect our view of ourselves.

Our ENVIRONMENT has Read the rest

Childhood Trauma, The Shame Loop And Defenses Against Shame

 

 

The Agonizing Effects Of Shame

 

Feelings of shame can be excruciatingly painful; at their worst, they can cause us to completely isolate ourselves so that we avoid contact with others to the extent that we may become Read the rest

Why Complex PTSD Sufferers May Avoid Eye Contact

 

A study by Steuwe et al. (2014) was conducted to cast light upon why many with individuals suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including those suffering from complex-PTSD, often find it excruciatingly uncomfortable every time the rules of social Read the rest

‘Splitting’ – What BPD Sufferers And 18 – 36 Month Old Infants Have In Common

 

 

Infants and toddlers (aged from approximately eighteen months to thirty-six months old) find it extremely hard to tolerate ambiguity and ambivalence. For this reason, their perception of features of the external world become polarized, or, as it is Read the rest

Adverse Effects Of Childhood Trauma On Oxytocin And Our Ability To Love

Childhood Trauma, Oxytocin And Our Ability To Love :

We know that there is a link between childhood trauma and the subsequent experience of depression in later life.

Furthermore, it is now also known, thanks to neuroscientific research, that those Read the rest

Identity Disturbance And Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

 

BPD And Identity Disturbance :

One of the defining symptoms of borderline personality disorder (a condition strongly associated with childhood trauma) is identity disturbance. In other words, many individuals with BPD have an unstable self-image and no firm sense Read the rest

Dismissive Parents : Effects Of Being Largely Ignored As A Child

 

 

After my mother threw me out of her house when I was thirteen, my father and his new wife reluctantly permitted me to live with them; they did not particularly endeavour to conceal this reluctance even from the very Read the rest

Time Perspective Therapy Can Help Us Live In The 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 Read the rest