Thursday, 23 January 2014

A Primer on Trauma.

It's great to be back to writing about important stuff like, for example... LIFE!

My journey from Brain Injury to Health (relatively speaking of course;) allowed me many insights into the How's of Recovering from almost any Trauma. 

Until you experience Trauma in it's myriad of manifestations you can probably only do your best impersonation of someone who has been authentically traumatized. I also recognize that most people have had some version of the trauma experience...traumatic life situations are happening all of the time to everyone, everywhere! 

Oh Really?! 

This begs the obvious question: What Is Trauma?

Trauma (from Greek τραῦμα, "wound"[1]) also known as "injury",[2] is a physiological wound caused by an external source.[3][4] It can also be described as "a physical wound or injury, such as a fracture or blow".[3][5] Unintentional and intentional...


Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event. A traumatic event involves a single experience, or an enduring or repeating event or events, that completely overwhelm the individual's ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions involved with that experience


Emotional and Psychological trauma?

Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless and vulnerable in a dangerous world.

Yeah, I think you're getting the picture's Everywhere! Every time we watch or witness a violent or bizarre event on TV/You-tube/Netflix we are streaming Trauma! 
I mean do people randomly & repeatedly run through Your Neighborhood with military style armaments & vehicles? In some parts of our world this is an every day experience but for the most part in North America the answer is NO, but... 
This isn't just a rant about violence 'Out there' it's the about the acknowledgment of trauma in our every day lives. When we see or hear about something traumatic this information leave a small irreconcilable stain on our psyches especially when we cannot rationalize it away sufficiently which is our primary way to cope with information which feels like a massive slap to the face or punch to the gut...we simply have to deal with it somehow so rationalizing it away is our most often used go-to method. 
It's a kind of temporary relief from the burning reality that we are totally helpless, & possibly quite 
sickened to the core in that present moment. & It works, if only briefly. 

The question is then, What Really Happens to all those Residual Feelings?

Stay tuned, We will discover together, through my own '6 Steps To Recovering From Just About Anything!'  what happens to us & how we can release these 'left-overs' of emotion which conspire to make us sick, shut-down & apathetic to our selves & the world around us.

Michelle. xo

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