A trauma is an inner straitjacket that is overwhelming and so formative that a person freezes internally, freezes that moment and carries it with him. Trauma suppresses the development of life and stifles the attempt to advance with life.
Trauma suppresses the development of life and stifles the attempt to advance with life. It breaks the connection to ourselves, to other people, to nature and to our spiritual source.
When people feel so threatened that they are overwhelmed, they freeze in fear.
Traumatic events are exceptional, not because they are rare, but because they overwhelm people's normal mechanisms of adaptation to life. The common denominator of a psychological trauma is a feeling of intense fear, helplessness and being exposed.
Unresolved trauma can lead to the formation of a number of symptoms, such as pain of various types, patterns of stiffening and collapse, loss of boundaries, fear and cognitive dysfunction.
Somatic Experiencing offers a new and hopeful view of trauma.
(Dr Peter A. Levine)