Can trauma haunt the body the same way it haunts memories?
According to Stephen Porges, PhD, not only does the body remember a traumatic experience, but it can actually get stuck in the trauma response mode.
So even when life becomes safe, the body still perceives danger and its defenses stay engaged.
Why does this happen and what can we do about it? Stephen shares a little background along with his own personal experience with this phenomenon – check it out, it’s just 4 minutes.
You can learn more about polyvagal theory in our Rethinking Trauma series.
Have you or someone you work with ever felt immobilized by fear without understanding the reason for it? How did you overcome it? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.