What is trauma?
Trauma is the response to an overwhelmingly negative event that can cause people to lose their sense of self and values.
a deeply distressing/disturbing experience,
Emotional shock following a stressful event or physical injury.
Experiences with trauma, you may have:
- Kept Secrets
- Grown-up too fast
- Been mature for your age
- Learned how to sense danger
- Engaging in self-destructive behavior
- Not trusted people
- Learned to pretend that you are okay when you weren’t
- Put your feelings aside because you need to focus on surviving.
- Experienced emotional outbursts
Emotion abuse is the most common form of abuse in most people/families, right next to verbal abuse. Although it’s not as harsh as physical abuse (being hit slapped or beaten), it is equally just as harmful and traumatizing to experience. What makes things worse is the abuser most likely isn’t aware of the damage being done. Which then only results to situations escalating into something that can’t be taken back or forgiven.
Examples of Emotional Abuse
- The silent treatment.
- Refusing to accept responsibility for actions.
- Manipulating to get what you want.
- Pushing someone to question their sanity.
- Leading someone to believe something is their fault when it’s not.
- Using shame to make a person feel bad.
- Indifference when someone appears hurt, sad or upset.
- Ignoring someone when they express deep feelings.
- Ridiculing a person for vulnerability.