Alienation from Self: part two

The introduction of the Structural Dissociation model in 2000 provided the first neuroscientific understanding of dissociative splitting and compartmentalization (Van der Hart et al., 2000).


Unlike earlier models of dissociative fragmentation, this theory does not emphasize the compartmentalization of memory.


Instead, its central tenet is that structural dissociation is a survival-oriented adaptive response to the specific demands of traumatic environments, facilitating a left brain-right brain split that supports the disowning of “not me” or trauma-related parts and the ability to function without awareness of having been traumatized.


The splitting also supports development of parts driven by animal defenses that serve the cause of survival in the face of danger.
My two cents:  This is a cutting edge approach in response to the PTSD epidemic.  The VA needs to adopt this approach, now!


The behavior of some traumatized parts is about survival to a non-existent lethal threat.


If we believe we are in real danger, PTSD will gain enormous power over us.



We must learn to discount then disown these judgments.


One response to this post.

  1. Great expressive drawing.

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