From all of the trauma’s I have been through, I dissociate from my body and go back to when I was raped. This article helps to explain why.
More dissociative conditions have been shown to be directly related to traumatic experiences, particularly in childhood. In The Haunted Self, Onno van der Hart and colleagues clarify that “events are not traumatic in themselves, rather, they may be so in their effect on a given individual. Thus not every individual who experiences a stressful event will actually be traumatized.”
Dissociation during a traumatic event is a natural, physiological response to circumstances that are too shocking, painful or extreme to process in the moment – it’s a survival strategy akin to parachuting out of a plane when both engines have gone down. Psychologists refer to this type of dissociation as adaptive – it helps you cope. Down the road, dissociation…
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