Healthy Autonomy

Association for Promoting Healthy Autonomy e.V.

Trauma and Identity

In human beings suffering trauma has consequences on their identity. Of crucial importance is the  point in time when the trauma occurs.
If traumatic experience happens at a very early stage of development the person concerned will not perceive herself as an individual any more but as trauma sensation and identifiy herself as trauma. Or they are so entangled with others and their emotional states that they cannot distinguish what belongs to them and what belongs to others. There is a simultaneous presence of their own feelings and the feelings of others e. g. the mother, the father, the perpetrators etc.
There are no boundaries beween their feelings and the feelings of the others. What they perceive as "me“ and as "my own identity" is not only the own self however it is perceived as merely own.

The "me myself“ has to be discovered and in the verbal sense de-velopped.



Martina Wittmann

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