We’ve all experienced something painful in our lives. The ending of a relationship, the death of a loved one, an experience of failure…the list can go on and on. These painful events are often referred to as trauma, and they can lead us to feel, think, and behave differently. One of the things that happens when we think of the traumatic event is that we might “zone out.” This “zoning out” is known as dissociation. Ev
The word ‘resilience’ has been on my mind these last few days. In science, resilience is the ability of an object to spring back to shape; elasticity. In psychology, resilience is the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity, to overcome personal setbacks. I’ve been hearing examples of resilience from many friends as of late. In southern Alberta, over 100,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes because o
I’ve been following the events that have gripped Japan over these last few days. The pictures, videos, and personal accounts from survivors have been dramatic. They have also been traumatic. Witnessing others endure a difficult situation can also trigger memories of traumatic events that may have happened in our lives, leading us to be re-traumatized. What is trauma? Signs and Symptoms Most dictionaries define trauma
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