Childhood Fame : The Downside And Cost Of Fame

 

‘I think every child star suffers through this period because you’re not the cute and charming child that you were. You start to grow, and they want to keep you little forever.’

-Michael Jackson on the perils of getting Read the rest

Emotional Torture? When Parents Put Kids in a Psychological Double-Bind.

 

 

I first came across the phrase ‘double-bind’ at university whilst studying for my first degree in psychology; it struck a chord immediately.

In its most simple terms, the child who is placed in a psychological double-bind, by parent/s Read the rest

Childhood Trauma Leading to Anhedonia (Inability to Experience Pleasure).

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There is an established relationship between having experienced trauma as a child and suffering from anhedonia (the inability to experience feelings of pleasure) as an adult.

Anhedonia drains the colour from life, rather like seeing a film in high-resolution Read the rest

Recovery of Repressed or Buried Memories of Abuse

 

There has been a long-standing debate about the reliability of recovered memories of trauma and abuse.

The psychologist Loftus draws our attention to the distinction between Type I and Type II traumas. Type I traumas relate to a single Read the rest

Possible Effects of Divorce on Children

My own parents divorced in the scorching summer of 1976 when I was 8 years old. At prep school, I was the only boy in the class with divorced parents. I was deeply ashamed of this fact, and I did Read the rest

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Questionnaire

As we have seen in several of the previously published articles on this website, severe childhood trauma can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you are concerned you might suffer from the condition, it is important Read the rest

4 Types Of Borderline Mother : Witch, Hermit, Waif And Queen.

 

 

For those of us who grew up with mothers who suffered from a borderline personality disorder (BPD), our childhoods were often painful and anguished. We found ourselves living in a world that was contradictory and confusing; it is Read the rest

Childhood Trauma : Avoidant Personality Disorder (AvPD).

 

If our experiences of relationships in childhood are largely negative and painful, in extreme cases, we may develop social phobia as adults, or, in even more severe cases, avoidant personality disorder (AvPD).

What is AvPD?

APD is similar to Read the rest

Posttraumatic Growth – How Trauma Can Positively Transform Us

 

‘Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger.’

– Nietzsche

Much of the research into the effects of severe trauma has concentrated upon its NEGATIVE effects. However, as new research is showing that the experience of trauma can also Read the rest

Childhood Trauma and Major Depressive Disorder.

 

Studies overwhelmingly show a strong link between childhood trauma and the development of a major depressive disorder in later life (in fact, nearly every study into this link has shown that the two are correlated to a statistically significant Read the rest

Child Trauma and Trauma Focused Therapy (TFT)

 

What Is Trauma Focused Therapy?

Trauma Focused Therapy (TFT) utilizes the following treatments, either on their own, or in combination :

1) EXPOSURE THERAPY – this type of therapy encourages the person to confront the stimuli connected to the Read the rest

Personality Disorder Clusters and Severity Questionnaire

 

It has been often stated in my posts that personality disorders are often linked to traumatic childhoods. I have already described several personality disorders, but I would like to introduce you to some we have not met before. I Read the rest

How Hypnosis Alters Brain Activity – Top University Study.

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Expert psychiatrists in the U.S. have shown that the effects of hypnosis can be measured scientifically (i.e. empirically measured).

A researcher from Stanford University in the United States, David Spiegel, took neuro-images (pictures of brain activity produced from brain scans) Read the rest

Childhood Trauma : The Effects of Bullying

 

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Being bullied when we were young can have long-lasting adverse effects, particularly if we were sensitive and socially anxious as children.

The form that bullying takes can be both overt (blatant and obvious) or much more subtle, The subtle Read the rest

Effects of Parental Favouritism On Favored And Unfavoured Child

 

The effects of long-term parental favouritism will affect how the favoured and non-favoured child perceive themselves. The more extreme the difference in treatment, all else being equal, the more acute will be the effects on the respective children.

I Read the rest