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March 10, 2021

Healing Trauma (Part 2): What Causes Trauma + Why Trauma Isn’t Just About Negative Thoughts (S2, EP7 | The Soul's Work Podcast)

Healing Trauma (Part 2): What Causes Trauma + Why Trauma Isn’t Just About Negative Thoughts (S2, EP7 | The Soul's Work Podcast)

So what is trauma exactly? If "bad" things happened to me in the past, can't I just think more positively to forget about them? In this episode, we explore why trauma and its impacts are so much more than about how we think.


In this episode, Janice breaks down 4 (unofficial) “trauma basics” in sharing more about how trauma develops and is experienced: 1) some of the different types of trauma (shock, developmental, and complex trauma) and examples of potentially traumatic events; 2) trauma is not about the event, but a person’s subjective experience of the event; 3) some factors that influence how vulnerable or resilient an individual might be to a potentially traumatic event; 4) trauma is something that is experienced in a person’s nervous system (and how our fight-flight-freeze response and more primitive parts of our brains are involved in the development of trauma).

She also offers some perspectives for how folks might approach learning about trauma and doing the healing work that involve self-compassion, holding multiple truths at the same time, and a holistic approach to our healing practices.

This episode is part 2 of an ongoing series on healing trauma.

*Please note that Janice is not a trauma expert or therapist, and that this series shares about her one personal experience of learning about and healing trauma

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