When you disconnect, your energy becomes more present in the upper body and more disconnected from the lower body. It is usually the diaphragm that keeps a lid on the unresolved emotions that remain in the belly area.
Articles: PTSD and Dissociation
Articles and Insights on PTSD and Dissociation. These articles are based on real-life client-therapist interactions in practice.
Some of the characteristics of a flight survival response might be that you tend to avoid confrontation or uncomfortable situations, which might further lead you into escapism and seclusion.
Survival responses of fight, flight, please-appease, and finally freeze often come in combinations.
Dissociation is always present when you have gone through or are dealing with Trauma. What isn’t well understood is that there are many degrees and various steps in dissociation.
A negative self-image starts with some form of trauma that often comes from feelings of insufficiency, lack of validation, not being good enough, and come prior to the projection onto your body image.