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  1. Can neuroticism develop due to complex trauma at crucial developmental stages of the infant to toddler brain wiring? I think it is a blanket statement to say that neuroticism is a contributor when I believe that trauma itself caused neuroticism as well as other so called diagnosis, like, BPD, ADHD, SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL DIS-ORDER OF WIRING.

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  2. Just reading Mary’s story made me smile, it’s a wonderful thing when two people come together and one has only to say one thing for the course of the other’s life to change forever. It’s a privilege to
    be part of an experience such as that. His story, Mary’s intuitive mind…. good combo.!

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    • Fascinating topic. I’m also pleased to know more about the dot-probe test than The Economist.I’ve sdeitud a bit about 5HTTLPR — I was taught that the people who have the short variant are actually slightly protected against depression, in general, but that are more likely to become depressed when they encounter a major stressor. Meanwhile, the studies on the gene never seem to compare long/long and short/short individuals with heterozygotes… I think it’s certainly an area worth investigating further, but a lot of people have made fairly big, hand-wave-y claims about this innocent little gene.

  3. I think it is important to consider what possible trauma, developmental or otherwise, may have contributed to the already existing “neurotic traits”. The possibility of earlier trauma changes the interpretation of the results of the study.

    • This was exactly my thought as well… Would be interesting to find out more about this.

      • Neurotic traits also run in families. How much does culture influence the way we see the world?

    • Recapitulation is the secret word that those who have not been damaged early enough ever fail to acknowledge. It’s like a blind spot for them, because developmental stuff is the SUBCONSCIOUS UNDERLAYMENT of what follows, unconsciously and uncontrollably.
      The primary feature of early developmental trauma is that it REPEATS. The process of Mommy and Daddy mirroring to the child is that it bounces back in a dance of interaction. You keep putting out the energy and attitude that was demonstrated to you as your brain developed.

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  5. The most extraordinary experience I have had in my 32 years as a General Practitioner (Family Doctor) was watching a man in his mid-thirties pace backwards and forwards, like a panther in a cage, in and out through the staff and patients, in the main corridor of our very busy waiting room one Monday morning. I couldn’t figure out what he was doing but when he came into my room and mindful of Bessel van der Kolk’s dictum, “the body holds the score”, I asked him why he did it. Straight out he answered, “When I was nine years old in Calabria, I watched my father murder my mother and then I had to sit with her dead body for three days until somebody found us.” I nearly fell through the floor. When I regained my composure,I asked him if he had ever told anybody before and he answered, “Nobody has ever asked me about it”. He had however, been on medication for anxiety and depression for years. Unfortunately, if he ever got into trouble with the Police (and this was never really his fault, but due to the behaviour of the mother of his daughter), he always reacted very badly and because of his accent they would not understand what he was trying to say. After finding out what had happened to him as a child, I was able to obtain the services of a top Legal Aid barrister and rather than getting a gaol term, which would have been disastrous, the Magistrate ordered community service only and organised for him to get appropriate and affordable counselling for his severe psychological trauma. What worried me most, was that not only was he so traumatised but that as so may policemen are as well, I could see the possibility of a real “powder keg” scenario. Ultimately, he was able to settle down and was able to obtain custody of his daughter, when her mother could no longer manage. It was an extraordinary example of trauma being held in a somatic rather than verbal form and yet questioning what he was doing behaviourally immediately yielded the answer.

    • Thanks for your thoughtful intervention. This is vey inspiring.

    • Powerful example of the body doing what it knows in distress. As I learn more about somatics and trauma I find myself paying closer attention to “the body” in session as there is a story there too. Thank you for sharing that.

    • Wow! What a powerful experience to witness. Sometimes a seemingly simple question elicits an unexpectedly shocking response. We are so often looking so deeply that we forget to ask the seemingly simple questions. You were a lifeline for that man and definitely changed his future for the better. An unforgettable experience that I won’t forget hearing about!