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Befriend Difficult Emotions, Don’t Obliterate Them

A traumatic event might last for only a few moments, but the impact that it can have on a traumatized person’s entire being may last years--even decades--beyond the event. Trauma reorganizes our minds, brains, bodies, and perceptions. It doesn’t just change the way we think: it alters our capacity to think at all. When someone has experienced a trauma they often look to compensate for the loss of control they felt over the event. This means that they try to control what they interpret as their inner chaos. The focus on suppressing the thoughts and sensations that arise from this inner…

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