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
- Mind and body are constantly aroused as if they are in imminent danger.
- They startle in response to the slightest noises and are frustrated by small irritations.
- 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.