Trauma literally rewires the 🧠 brain and our physiological stress response. For example, the brain and body perceive outside “threat” differently than it would if no trauma had been experienced. We may become hyper-aware of incoming stimuli and misread the “threat.”
😣 Here’s a life example. We may be in a new social setting. There may be someone there that just creates a feeling within us. 😨Perhaps the body language or tone of voice reminds us (consciously or subconsciously) of a trauma we experienced. This may then cause the brain to sound the alarms 🚨 , as if the threat is happening again. The nervous system kicks into gear to keep us safe. All while, this person who triggered this response may be perfectly safe and harmless.
🥺 We may respond by becoming angry or fleeing the situation. Those around us may be confused. You may even be confused. 😩
Recognizing that you are doing the best you can with how your brain, body, and nervous system are responding due to the previous trauma is important.
It’s also important to know that yes, trauma rewires the brain and nervous system AND healing too can rewire the brain and nervous system. 🙌🏼