Joel Mwakasege's articles

  1. Heal
Learn to bear with what’s going on inside. That means learning to observe and tolerate the heartbreaking and gut-wrenching sensations that register misery and humiliation. Only then can you start to befriend rather than obliterate, the emotions that keep you in fixed and immutable maladaptive behaviors. Erasing awareness and cultivating denial are often essential to […]
  1. Trauma
Effects of trauma on the body for traumatized people cause them to feel chronically unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. “Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become experts at numbing awareness of what is […]
  1. Heal
Emotional trauma impedes the capacity to decern what is going on inside the body. This causes you to be out of touch with your needs. Trouble to take care of yourself, whether it involves eating the right amount at the right time, getting enough sleep, or lack of a nuanced response to frustration, not discerning […]
  1. Heal
Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives. To people who have signs of emotional trauma disruptions, nothing makes sense; they are trapped in a life-or-death situation, a state of paralyzing fear or blind rage. Signs […]
  1. Heal
The importance of social support in health and wellness does not come from isolating oneself into a narrowly defined victim group. Extreme isolation only promotes a view of others as irrelevant at best and dangerous at worst, which eventually only leads to further alienation. Gangs, extremist political parties, and religious cults may provide solace. But […]
  1. Heal
How to recover from emotional trauma is laborious and as long as the trauma is not resolved, the stress hormones that the body secretes to protect itself keep circulating, and the defensive movements and emotional responses keep getting replayed. The overwhelming experience is split off and fragmented, so that the emotions, sounds, images, thoughts, and […]
  1. Life
Being traumatized means continuing to organize your life as if the traumatic experiences were still going on. Unchanged and immutable as every new encounter or event is contaminated by the past. To heal is when you realize and remember “that was then and this is now,” rather than reliving the experience over and over. The […]
  1. Creativity
  2. Writing
I have an upcoming magazine on healing. I wrote it in accumulative sessions. It combines transcripts from interviews and personal stories. At the start, it was 19,293 words, edited to 18,742 words. The Cause for Requesting Help The magazine additionally needed design and marketing. I was to do them both. Yet, I had other commitments […]