YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND
The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.
A more subtle traumatic process is far more common than the
abusive or shocking processes we think of when the word trauma
is mentioned. Yet this more subtle process is just as damaging
and often much more difficult to overcome. It is trauma. It is
more difficult to overcome, because we often deny its existence
or because to recognize it would cause us significant additional
An example of less obvious trauma is next. A parent who considers anger at parents to be unacceptable will not permit such anger by the child. The child recognizes this lack of acceptance of anger, usually consciously, but often unconsciously. To avoid the pain of parental disapproval the child will, usually unconsciously, stuff anger at that parent and pretend it doesn't exist. (Those of us who chose 100% opposition have a different set of problems to overcome.) In response to the parental pressure not to express the anger, that child may choose one or more of the following performance strategies: (1) give up all anger at everyone, (2) be critical of others' anger, (3) get angry with a younger sibling, (4) be weepy or depressed, or (5) displace rage on to favorite discrimination targets like classmates who are nerds or who have a different skin color. Later targets will be politicians, gays, African-Americans, etc. Please note how one simple-to-describe problem, denied anger at a parent, may result in a multiplicity of possible symptoms.
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Another subtle traumatic process often occurs when the child decides, consciously or unconsciously, to become just like a parent in one or more ways. Aspects of the child may be completely denied in the copying attempt. If this copying attempt is in any way based upon the hope that parent will give the child more love, acceptance or attention, then the copying behavior will probably be difficult to undo later.
This section's title, "Your Wish Is My Command," accurately describes the feelings of most small children with respect to their parents. If the parent doesn't like a natural part of human existence (like sex, anger, tears, love or vulnerability), then the child will often attempt to please that parent by squelching those qualities. As a result the child starts displaying many symptoms. This trauma is not so obvious as the trauma caused by an abusive parent. But it is trauma as defined earlier, "emotional shock producing a lasting effect on a person." The 97% of us growing up in dysfunctional families experienced this type of trauma shock (knot).
Trauma (large or small) that we have not resolved shows up as smoking, drinking, overweight, tension, numbing, or etc.
More Excerpts This Chapter
Psychology K.I.S.S.= KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID (directions from me to me)
THE NATURE OF TRAUMA
YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND
THE SEARCH FOR APPROVAL
REDUCING/RESOLVING STRESS = THERAPY RESULT
This Chapter's Quiz
Book Table of Contents
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