The Wounded Heart

Excerpt from The Deep Heart

“We are continuing to learn more about the origins and impacts of childhood conditioning, particularly when it comes to developmental trauma.

Researchers have discovered that children respond differently to traumatic events than adults do.

In part this is due to their undeveloped nervous system, in part due to the ongoing nature of the traumas, and in part due to the fact that their primary caretakers — those the children rely on for stability, guidance, and protection — are the source of these traumas.

Developmental traumas arise from ongoing neglect, abandonment, or abuse.

The impacts of chronic, relationally oriented trauma are pervasive and long lasting.

All aspects of children’s experiences become distorted.

Their ability to self-regulate, experience relative control and mastery, think clearly, self-soothe, take care of themselves, recognize and articulate needs and feelings, feel worthy, focus attention, learn, trust others, bond, and stay physically healthy are all compromised, sometimes severely.

Studies have shown that 75 percent of prison inmates suffer from developmental trauma.”

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by rudid96 on September 17, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    It’s no surprise that the wounded tender hearts of children grow into adults with no healthy model and continue to wound others in their adulthood.

  2. I agree

  3. I have suffered with PTSD as a result of childhood trauma and war. So I appreciate all the insight that can be provided as I seek for ways of living a more healthier life. Em Dr helped a lot but scars remain. Thank you for sharing.

  4. As I recover from the effects of PTSD blogs like these are very helpful. EMDR therapy helped tremendously but some scars remain. Maybe it will take lifetime but I am determined to live my best life in spite of it.

  5. We heal in increments

    Childhood trauma lasts a lifetime

    It will always flare up from time to time

  6. I believe it. It’s been over 30 years. I will certainly follow for more insight.

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