Overcoming Trauma and PTSD

Overcoming Trauma and PTSD

This is one of those words so often used: Overcoming your condition, your struggles, your suffering, your symptoms, and it is very enticing, seductive, and alluring. The trouble is; it doesn’t work! Even worse still, it perpetuates the condition.

I know this sounds counter intuitive, 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; hence, a reaction to it; an effort to try changing it; to try improving 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 pre-occupation with being in a different mental state.

This cycle of overcoming has specific features.

Let’s look at the picture below:

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It is imperative to be aware of these cyclic build-ups and release processes, before being able to negate and let them go.

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