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  • Psychological trauma can be defined as a negative event so overwhelming that we cannot properly

  • understand, process or move on from itbut, and this is the devilish aspect to it, nor

  • can we properly remember it or reflect upon its nature and its effects on us. It is lodged

  • within us but remains hidden from us, making its presence known only via symptoms and pains,

  • altering our sense of reality without alerting us to its devilish subterranean operations.

  • Unsurprisingly, a lot of psychological trauma happens in childhood. Children are especially

  • vulnerable to being traumatised, because they are congenitally unable to understand themselves

  • or the world very welland have to rely to an uncommon degree on parents who are frequently

  • less than mature, patient or balanced. A child may, for example, be traumatised by a parent

  • whothrough no particular fault of their ownbecomes heavily depressed shortly

  • after childbirth. Or a child may be traumatised through exposure to a parent's titanic rage

  • or violence. Or, because the widest category of psychological trauma is also the most innocuous,

  • a child may be traumatised by what psychologists term 'neglect', which might mean that,

  • at a critical age (between 0 and 5, and especially in the first 18 months), it was not properly

  • cherished, soothed, comforted and, to use a large but valuable word, loved. Image result

  • for bridget riley The leading symptom of having been traumatised is fear. Traumatised people

  • are, above anything else, scared. They are scared of getting close to others, of being

  • abandoned, of being humiliated and disgraced, of falling ill, probably of sex, of travelling,

  • of their bodies, of parties, of key bits of their mind andin the broad senseof

  • the world. The legacy of having been traumatised is dread, an un nameable, forgotten, unconscious

  • memory of terror and fear projected outwards into a future. As the psychoanalyst Donald

  • Winnicott observed: 'The catastrophe the traumatised fear will happen has already happened'.

  • That is why, in order to find out the gist of what might have occurred to us long ago,

  • we should ask ourselves not so much about the past (we won't directly be able to remember),

  • but about what are we afraid will happen to us going forward. Our apprehension holds the

  • best clues as to our history. Crucially, and surprisingly, it can take a very long while

  • before traumatised people even realise they are such a thing. A leading consequence of

  • trauma is to have no active memory of what was traumaticand therefore no sense of

  • how distorted one's picture of reality actually now is. Traumatised people don't go around

  • thinking that they are unnaturally scared: they just think that everything is terrifying.

  • They don't notice their appallingly low sense of self-worth: they just assume that

  • others are likely to mock and dislike them. They don't realise how uncomfortable intimacy

  • is: they merely report not being happy in this or that relationship. In other words,

  • trauma colours our view of reality but at the same time, prevents us from noticing the

  • extent to which we are peering at life through a highly distorted lense. Only with a lot

  • of time, luck, self-reflection and perhaps the odd breakdown do traumatised people come

  • to a position where they start to notice that the way they think of the world isn't necessarily

  • the way it actually is. It is a vast step towards mental well-being to be able to be

  • usefully suspicious of one's first impulses and to begin to observe how much suspicion,

  • fear and self-hatred one is bringing to situations that truly don't warrant them. Working through

  • trauma usually works best when we can hook up our own malfunctioning and distorted brain

  • to another more clear-sighted oneand can test our readings of reality against those

  • of a wise friend or therapist. We stand to recognise thatto our great surprisewe

  • are not perhaps inherently disgusting; maybe not everyone hates us; perhaps everything

  • isn't headed for complete disaster; maybe we are not in line for a horrific punishment.

  • And crucially, if we do suffer reversals, maybe we could find our way out of them, because

  • we are (and this can come as a true revelation) now adults, not the nine month old infant

  • whose trauma altered our mind. Overcoming trauma is the work of yearsbut the beginning

  • of the end starts with a very small step: coming to realise that we might actually be

  • traumatised and that the world may not be the dark, fearful, overwhelming and dread-filled

  • place we had always assumed it had to be.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/28
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