Dissociation permits a child to move through life
March 19, 2024

Dissociation Permits A Child To Move Through Life

Dissociation is a defense mechanism that allows survivors to disconnect from their thoughts, feelings, memories, or sense of identity as a way to cope with overwhelming stress or trauma. In the context of childhood trauma, dissociation can serve as a survival strategy, enabling the child to navigate life without being constantly overwhelmed or haunted by the memories or emotions associated with the traumatic experience.

By dissociating, the child may create a psychological distance from the traumatic event, effectively compartmentalizing it and allowing themselves to function on a day-to-day basis without being overwhelmed by intrusive thoughts, emotions, or memories. This can manifest as a sense of detachment from reality, a feeling of being disconnected from oneself or one’s surroundings, or even experiencing gaps in memory.

In essence, dissociation acts as a protective barrier, shielding the child from the full impact of the trauma and enabling them to continue with their development and daily activities.

This post is specifically for those who have judged themselves for having dissociation. Dissociation is not a bad thing. Instead, it should be viewed as a natural and adaptive response that allows survivors to endure experiences that would otherwise be intolerable. 💜

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