Why can't we just let things go and leave the past in the past? In this episode, we explore why past traumatic experiences can trigger us in the present, even years after they happened.
In this episode, Janice explores that oh-so-common experience of getting triggered in the present due to past experiences of trauma (trauma basic #5), and how the activation of our fight-flight-freeze response in these situations can make it super challenging to stay calm and objective (trauma basic #6).
She also discusses that we may have explicit memories of past traumas, but also implicit ones that we aren’t aware of consciously (trauma basic #7). And she shares why it can be useful to learn how to discern between experiences where there is an actual threat to our safety, experiences where there is a valid concern but an additional layer of past wounding, and experiences where safety is there but we are unable to feel safe (trauma basic #8).
This episode is part 3 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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