Natural Human Instincts
Things happen every day that could cause us to have negative thoughts and feelings. When we stub our toe, we can trigger an explosion of anger, fear, anxiety, and pain all at the same time, in a split second.
If you’ve ever been unlucky enough to stub your toe so hard you suddenly find yourself in excruciating pain, you may have experienced the human body’s instinctual fight, flight, or freeze stress response.
Feeling powerless and thinking (or screaming) things like “OH MY GOD I’M GOING TO DIE,” or “I’M IN DANGER!” in this moment are part of our body’s natural response to distress.
After a minute or two, the pain subsides and we catch our breath. Our instincts retreat as our brains analyze the situation and determines it’s safe. We might have a flashback of the pain later on in the day, but we feel better and we go on with our day.
Trauma Can Confuse Your Mind
When trauma on a much bigger scale happens like a serious accident, violence, or abuse, our mental recovery can be challenging. There is no telling what our own memory processing system extracted from the event and moved into long-term storage.
Our individual experiences and memories shape our core beliefs. Negative, violent, and stressful life events can injure our thought process.