How trauma fractures the psyche, causes dissociation and creates the persecutor/protector in our psyche.

My post on the Persecutor Protector energy present in traumatised individuals is one of the most viewed posts on my site. This one links to it and explains how splitting comes about in childhood. I am reblogging it today for new followers.

Emerging From The Dark Night

In response to trauma or emotional abandonment our psyche will splinter or fracture.  Ideally parents help us to mediate as young ones the big feelings we have to deal with and help us to integrate them. But in situations of abuse or neglect this doesn’t happen and we are left to contain unbearable feeling.  Since all feelings occur and are felt in the body if our parents don’t help us to do this we are left with the split off feeling buried or held in tissue or psychic space.  Memories associated with the feelings and accompanying sensory traumatic events then become somatic and walled off, they still affect us we just don’t know why and how.

Jung wrote on how dissociation works and this overview comes from Donald Kalsched’s excellent book The Inner World of Trauma : Archetypal Defences of the Human Spirit.  

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