“Speaking as both a trauma survivor and a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation, I can tell you: I don’t actually care what anybody thinks about the prevalence or use of the word “trauma” in the popular culture or on the internet. “
You’re going to run into people who straight up deny that your experience is your experience.
You’ll try to tell them what you’ve been through, and they’ll say, “nah, that didn’t happen.”
You’ll try to tell them what you’re feeing, and they’ll say, “are you sure?”
You’ll try to tell them what you need, and they’ll say, “no, you don’t. You need this other thing.”
You’ll try to tell them how something impacted you, and they’ll say, “well, THAT’S the wrong reaction.”
Again and again we run into people who refuse to take our account of our experience at face value.
This happens all the time when our past includes painful, complicated relationships or traumatic events.
As hard as it is for survivors to put words to what they’ve been through, it can be even harder to share those words with another human being.
Survivors are very often used to…
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