Overcoming Trauma and PTSD
“Overcoming” is one of those words so often used: Overcoming your condition, your struggles, your suffering, your symptoms; it is very enticing, seductive, and alluring as a concept. The trouble is, it doesn’t work! Worse still, it perpetuates the condition.
I know this sounds counterintuitive, if not offensive, so let’s explore together the “ins” and “outs” of it:
The Cycle of Overcoming and How it Keeps You Stuck
Overcoming implies a sense of resistance to what is; an internal place where you don’t want to be. What follows, then, is a reaction to it; an effort to try to change it; to try to improve on “what is”.
When we are overwhelmed by emotional and/or physical stress this is only natural; it is part of a survival strategy.
The trouble with focusing on wanting to be healthy, on feeling good, remains intrinsically linked to the trauma and overwhelming emotions; it becomes a continuous effort, a constant preoccupation with being in a different mental state.
This cycle of overcoming has specific features.
Let’s look at the picture below:
It is imperative to be aware of these cyclic build-ups and release processes; otherwise, you will be unable to negate them.