Tag Archives: Attachment

What Causes Dissociative Identity Disorder?

I’ve talked about the diagnostic criteria for dissociative identity disorder (DID), identity disruption and amnesia. What causes DID? How is it related to trauma? These are the topics I’d like to tackle next. If you are questioning whether DID is true … Continue reading

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Empathy Counteracts Bullying

Roots of Empathy counteracts bullying by exposing young children to babies and positive parenting skills Continue reading

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What about Interdependence?

Interdependence stems from secure attachments in childhood and combines elements of dependence and independence. Continue reading

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Mindfulness of Ourselves, Mindfulness of Others

Thich Nhat Hanh’s speech on mindfulness illustrates concepts of importance in understanding and working with complex trauma survivors. A simple mindfulness breathing exercise is included. Continue reading

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Relationships after Severe Trauma: Making Healthy Choices

We all need connection. Interdependence, mutual relationships are crucial for our well being. However, for those who have experienced severe childhood trauma, relationships were also the source of betrayal, wounding and abuse. What does this mean then for those who have been severely abused by parents or caretakers as children? Or those who have dissociated, losing awareness of some aspects of early relationships? For example, those with dissociative identity disorder (DID) may have some parts of their system who only know about the “good mother” while others hold the memories of abuse and/or neglect. In this way, dissociation can make evaluating who is healthy or safe and who is not more difficult. This results in obvious and multiple complications in forming and maintaining later relationships. Continue reading

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