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Childhood trauma reactions: worksheet REST strategy

The REST strategy After having identified self-destructive and problematic behaviours — as well as their costs — there are needed distress tolerance strategies, the first of which is described there: the REST strategy. REST stands for:Relax,Evaluate,Situational intent, andTake action. Changing any habit is difficult. It requires knowledge about the action to be changed, a resolve …

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Childhood trauma: Self-defeating Coping Strategies Worksheet

The Self-defeating Coping Strategies Worksheet helps you to see the cost of unsuitable, though understandable, coping strategies. When emotional and physical pain feels more intense and occurs more frequently than it does for other people, the ensuing distress comes on more quickly and feels like an overwhelming tidal wave, and it never seems to end. …

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Childhood trauma: thought-stopping against shame and fear

Thought-Stopping: stop your inner critic in his tracks A constant stream of thoughts, worries, perceptions, and information rushes through our minds like “internal noise.” Occasionally, we must interrupt this noise flow, particularly if it turns into vicious attacks from a toxic inner critic. A technique called thought-stopping can interrupt any chain of unwanted, nagging thoughts.  …

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Hope and resilience after childhood trauma

In 2008, the American Psychological Association published “The Road to Resilience” to help people deal with difficult events that change their lives. The death of a loved one, loss of a job, serious illness, terrorist attacks, and other traumatic events are very challenging life experiences. Many people react to such circumstances with a flood of …

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The ugly secrets of childhood trauma

Unfortunately, suffering through childhood trauma can have many faces. All faces of childhood trauma are equally ugly, as they hit vulnerable human beings when we cannot cope with poor parenting. Yet, not all of these faces are easily recognizable to trauma survivors and the environment. There are four forms of childhood trauma: physical (including sexual), …

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Breast cancer – What happens in the brain with a cancer diagnosis?

Insights from trauma therapy help us understand what goes on in our brain when we receive a cancer diagnosis. The inner and outer images perceived in a particular situation, the noises, the smells, the body sensations are initially stored on a “primitive” level in the so-called limbic system. The amygdala (almond kernel), in particular, is …

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Toxic relationships

Toxic relationships – definition A toxic relationship is a relationship characterised by behaviours on the part of a toxic partner damaging to their partner, either emotionally, physically or both. While a healthy relationship contributes to our self-esteem and emotional energy, a toxic relationship damages self-esteem and drains energy. Even a good relationship may have its …

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Quick thinking? Slow thinking? Clear thinking!

Thinking is a big challenge. The most straightforward test of the clarity of our thinking is whether we can manage to explain complex ideas as simply as possible. When you try it, you immediately notice where our thoughts are unclear and which elements need to be reconsidered or put on a more secure basis. It’s …

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Emotional triggers

Understand your emotional triggers – and how to deal with them The world can be great and beautiful, but it can also be evil and scary. Some have to endure hardships or deal with traumatic experiences. Such past experiences can affect the way we respond to events in the present. Then emotional triggers can cause …

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