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 :

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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

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga For Reducing Symptoms Of Complex PTSD

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 der Kolk, 2014, see below)) that it 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.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

Why Some Parents Can’t Love Their Children

 

It is generally assumed that parents (in particular, mothers) have an innate, instinctive, natural and inborn capacity to love their children unconditionally. However, sadly, this is not the case. In this article, I will look at some of the Read the rest

Trauma Triggers : Definition And Examples

TRAUMA TRIGGERS are events/occurrences that remind us (on either a conscious or unconscious level) of our original traumatic experiences causing us to feel extreme distress similar to that felt at the time of that original trauma.
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Healthy Narcissism Versus Unhealthy Narcissism (Kohut’s Theory).

 

‘Healthy’ Versus ‘Unhealthy’ Narcissism :

We have seen from other articles that I have published on this site that being brought up by a parent or primary caregiver who suffers from a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) can result in Read the rest

Trauma Release Exercises For Effects Of Childhood Trauma

The human stress/fear response evolved millions of years ago in our ancestors to allow them to survive – it is commonly known as the ‘fight or flight’ response. If we saw a tiger, it was necessary to feel fear as Read the rest

PTSD Nightmares : Content, Symbols, Information Processing Theory And Paradoxical Intention

 

 

A major symptom of Complex PTSD / PTSD is nightmares. I myself have suffered from these and they have led to frequent waking during the night, sheets and pillowcases damp with sweat, thrashing around in my sleep to Read the rest

Can’t Let Go Of Childhood Trauma? Here Are Possible Reasons Why

 

Why Many Can’t Let Go Of Childhood Trauma :

Sadly, in the absence of effective therapies, such as dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy) or other forms of psychotherapy, the adverse effects of childhood Read the rest

Right Brain Therapy : Benefits For Trauma Survivors

 

How Useful Is Right Brain Therapy For Trauma Survivors?

Why is it that right brain therapy may be more appropriate for trauma survivors as opposed to therapies that concentrate largely upon the left brain?

Right Brain And How We

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Effects Of Adverse Childhood Experiences According To Major Study

 

The effects of childhood trauma can be devastating and, in the absence of effective therapy, can last well into adulthood or even for an entire lifetime.

The most well-known study on the effects of childhood trauma is called The Read the rest

Basic Needs Of Children And Effect Of Their Denial

 

If we have suffered significant childhood trauma we will, inevitably, have been denied some of our basic needs. But, what exactly are the basic needs of children, and what is the effect of their absence?

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