Shame, blame, guilt, embarrassment, regret, self-reproach, pride or self-righteousness are always present to some degree when you have gone through and suffered from PTSD, CPTSD or Childhood Trauma. They are the glue which binds the cyclical attachment to trauma.
Those binding factors, however, are reactions towards the core emotion of fear, anger, and sadness, always carrying some elements of judgment within them.
Dissociation in PTSD as a Coping Mechanism through the Assistance of Binding Factors
Binding factors help diffuse the high energy charge of traumatic emotional stress, but simultaneously keep those stress levels active, which often become focal points in themselves.
It is vital to see it from this perspective; that they are the outcome of trauma and part of a dissociation process. This will help take away the importance placed on shame, blame, guilt, self-reproach, which in turn helps to contain it, in order to ask the next question:
What is/are the underlying emotion(s) that give rise to those binding, dissociative factors?
Reversing Dissociation as Treatment for PTSD and Childhood Trauma
Dissociation, by its very nature, expands outwards, leading to more complexity. From the physical emotion into thought, then habits, coping patterns and addiction.
By taking away the importance you place on shame, guilt, blame, self-reproach, pride, regret, and embarrassment, through looking at it as a natural response to an unnaturally high, stressful event or period, you dismiss the problem you’re making of it, giving yourself access to the underlying layer of overwhelming emotion(s).
The work then begins the process of containing and working through those emotions, putting them in perspective in relation to the event or period gone through, and slowly starting to release, integrate and process that emotional residue.
I hope this 3 part series has been helpful to you. If you want to learn more about Post-Traumatic Stress, have a look at The Trauma Essential Series right here below.