Trauma Narratives and Treatment

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Since trauma is considered as a ‘rip’ in the normal phase of development, the resilience also requires some kind of resumption in the development. Let us discuss in brief about the trauma narrative and how it explores the feelings, responses and the capabilities of the survivors to bear with the witnesses. In addition, we shall discuss the recovery process for different kinds of trauma from the perspective of a therapist and their therapeutic alliance with the patient. People, who experience catastrophic events or horrible situations in their life, suffer from predictable psychological disorders. These disorders, when predicted earlier could be treated efficiently with the coping strategies and techniques of the recovery process. The fundamental stages of recovery are establishing safety, reconstructing the trauma story, and restoring the connection between survivors and their community. (Herman, 1997, p.3). After resilience, the memory of trauma gives the patient a sort of self esteem and helps in establishing control to overcome the trauma. The major focus of this study is to bring into light the deepened feelings of the traumatic victim and to explore their trauma’s boundaries and memories that hit their senses. … These intense and varied feelings and traumatic memories greatly influence affected individual’s persona lives as well as their social relationships, often in an undesirable way. It is discovered that when these intense feelings as well as the memories of trauma are put into words, it alleviates fear as well as mental agitation caused due to the traumatic event. As human beings, our inner sense always creates a visible and invisible bonding with the humans, we know or we may not know. When acknowledged and validated, it gives a sense of satisfaction and fullness to one’s life. Consequently, when this is disturbed, it leads to a wide range of emotional ups and downs that is responded through their feelings and actions. In a study, it was observed that the mother-child relationship, in the early developmental stage, contributes greatly to one’s emotional troubles and the way they cope up in life. When a mother is not empathizing to the needs of the child, it creates a sense of unworthiness towards the child. This leads to depression and low self-esteem, and sometimes could act as a catalyst for extreme actions, in the future years of the child. Often, the unexpressive thoughts of a child hinder her life emotionally leading to stressful emotions. As stated by Jelinek (2009, p. 275), A person who does not speak could easily be thinking. Mother demands that Erika reveal her thoughts, rather than let them eat into her. The response a person creates toward their trauma depends highly on different aspects such as age, maturity and emotional stability. For example, a child may respond to his/her trauma at school by refusing to go to school while a child in adolescent stage may argue with the parents against going to