So. Here is a listing for some of the ways in which we have avoided dealing with our traumae and it’s impact on us:

Hypervigilance. If something is always waiting in the shadows to come get us we don’t have to face the scariness of safety.

Splintering. If we have recorded information in such a way that it isn’t accessible to all, then we don’t have to see it or know about it.

Deception. We’ve hidden the DID our whole life long. So nobody knows, which protects us from risk.

Dissociation. We have always self-hypnotized whenever something is scary. So we don’t have to deal with feelings. Or reality.

Depersonalization/derealization. So nothing is real. Not the bad stuff not Amy good stuff.

Dysregulated brain function. When we changed our brain’s functioning we hardwired the avoidance.

Major depression. If we can’t move then we don’t have to risk movement.

Secrecy. If nobody knows then nobody can betray or wound us. Lost potential for connection.

Voices in our head. If there’s so much noise going on in there we need not hear good stuff either.

Panic attacks. When you’re in a panic nothing else can take precedence.

Laughter. If something is funny, regardless what it is, then it cannot hurt me.

I’m sure I will ne adding to this list but these are some of the avoidance smokescreens that come immediately to mind.



  1. me said,

    February 25, 2010 at 11:33 am

    yup yup …
    dys brain..check
    major dep..check

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