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 of emotional trauma disruptions

  1. Mind and body are constantly aroused as if they are in imminent danger.
  2. They startle in response to the slightest noises and are frustrated by small irritations.
  3. Their sleep is chronically disturbed, and food often loses its sensual pleasures.

This in turn can trigger desperate attempts to shut those feelings down by freezing and dissociation.