Understanding survivor mode



Survivor mode means all resources are diverted to defend the organism.

Deep in our cellular structure or the right amygdala, we have spotted a perceived danger.

Some of the prefrontal cortex is offline, where consciousness lives, process and reasoning occur, and understanding of language and words happens.

No wonder we are confused and frightened.

All this is stored in the right amygdala, the side of the brain not accessible consciously.

If the origin of abuse happens in childhood, before the brain has time to mature, the healing process is more complex and daunting.

Example: I am with a friend at an event, on the way back to the car we get mugged and robbed.

He grew up in a supportive atmosphere, making this his first traumatic experience.

He would be diagnosed with PTSD, or simple PTSD, a one-time traumatic event.

His chances of healing are 100% better than my Complex PTSD.

Childhood trauma happens over decades, many, many, many abusive crimes are committed.

Our brains wire differently because of survival mode.

We are superstars at spotting danger, even where no danger exists.

How much can we rewire our brains?

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by rudid96 on July 14, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    “How much can we rewire our brains?” Hmmm…with lots of dedicated tenacity, and support,one micro-connection at a time. The unfortunate reality is that we have an individual time stamp. Most of us will run out of time before realizing true freedom. But we can still try freeing ourselves from the binds of past abuse. I love nature and being outdoors. It offers respite, freedom, and joy. Yesterday was a day to celebrate. While out, I witnessed a Bald Eagle flying close enough that I could see his head. This is joy.

  2. Funny we find joy when we are not around people

    Out in nature, an eagle enthralls us

    Around people, we retreat

    We trust animals more than people

    How deep is it to reach trust

    REWIRE trust

  3. Posted by rudid96 on July 14, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    I don’t know how deep one must go to reach trust.
    I’m still diving.

  4. How about peace of mind

    How about feeling safe



  5. How about our thoughts would be open and positive?

    How about deep attachments and attunement with our inner world?

  6. Important to understand that distinction between complex and simple. I’m still figuring out where I fit in on the trauma spectrum, but definitely feeling resilient at this point.

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