Cptsd After Narcissism – What’s YOUR Dominant Trauma Response?
It’s very common for victims of narcissistic abuse to suffer complex ptsd yet Cptsd can often be mistaken for other things such as borderline personality disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Bipolar and even Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
This video examines four common stress responses to trauma: The Fight, Flight, Freeze and Fawn Responses. Now all of these reactions are important and have their place…when there’s danger. The problem is that if we have undergone prolonged stress, feeling helpless and powerless while in a relationship with an emotional abuser – our brains wind up picking one dominant way to react to danger, even perceived danger which is felt during emotional flashbacks – this trigger and automatic response is not always the healthiest for us. In order to continue to move forward in healing we must first be self aware and be able to recognize what is our dominant trauma response – once we know how we respond to present day triggers we can begin to feel more empowered with our emotional flashbacks and can begin to move on.
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Complex PTSD and emotional abuse damage are hard to identify, which causes more problems for victims. While physical or sexual abuse can be more readily identifiable and more blatantly obvious, emotional abuse goes undetected, minimized, and dismissed by the abuser, victim, and others. This is abuse upon abuse, leading to serious emotional trauma.
Victims can develop a variety of coping mechanisms – dissociation, addictions, “deadness,” anxiety, depression, eating disorders, etc.
Victims tend to lose their sense of self and – definitely – their sense of personal value.
They lose their identity and ability to trust their feelings or intuition.
We cannot heal from what we don’t understand – sometimes it’s our own actions, thoughts and reactions that we don’t understand. Recognizing the role emotional flashbacks have on us is one more step taken on the road to healing.