Trauma is a shift in self concept

Posted on July 6, 2018

Many people refer to the traumatic event as the trauma itself, but trauma refers to something more fundamental than that. The same traumatic event can have varying impacts on different people, leading to the idea that trauma goes beyond the event itself.

Early childhood trauma can spark a shift in self concept and viewing others' opinions of them as a marker of self-worth. Some children seek validation from their inattentive parents and this results in a form of "self-betrayal" where they view their parents' evaluation of them as something that is more important than their own opinion.

To promote self-healing, it is essential to recognise that we are responsible for the evaluations of ourselves, and to find that inner voice back. This will then allow us to reconnect with ourselves.


Category(s):Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD, Self-Doubt

Source material from Psychology Today


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