Posts Tagged ‘ Complex PTSD ’


Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

During the “Cold War,” individuals living under Soviet rule would have to be on constant guard against “thought police.” Children were indoctrinated in school to inform authorities, even on their parents if they spoke critically or even questioningly against the State, even within the privacy of their home. An entire society was forbidden to follow Read more…

The Tripartite Theory of Trauma Psychological

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The Tripartite Theory of psychological Trauma proposes that the dynamics in which trauma plays out should be broadened to include the role of derelict caretaker-functioning; which completes a dynamic triad to that of victim-predator-caretaker.
When a parent or other caretaker (including a government) fails to protect the potential victim, leading to a trauma occurrence. When domestic or political caretakers collude with or emulate the role of the predator , the delicate balance required for communal survival is disrupted. While media-attention tends to focus on the drama of particular trauma-events, the role of caretaker failure remains elusive despite its role being the most critical variable.

PTSD, Complex Trauma, and DESNOS – Different Models of Psychological Trauma

Monday, October 11th, 2010

While classic PTSD is dominated by symptoms of “reliving the trauma” (referring to symptoms such as flashbacks, fear and arousal, and avoidance behaviors, victims of prolonged interpersonal abuse present with an entirely different spectrum of impairments in personality structure and functioning. These include difficulties with emotional regulation, attention, and perceptions of oneself and the world, as well as a reduced sense of autonomy and personal agency. Another area of self-function that becomes derailed as a result of prolonged abuse pertains to the formation of distorted cognitive schemas responsible for negotiating interpersonal relationships. Even in work and marriage these victims seem unconsciously compelled to return to abusive relationships in which they reenact their inner trauma-generated schemas.

Intifada and the Continuous Terror Paradigm

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I would like to introduce the concept of “Continuous Terror Paradigm”, proposed by Dr. Shalev and colleagues from Hadassah University Hospital. While many studies in psychological literature evaluate PTSD following a discrete traumatic occurrence, the recent article by Dr. Shalev and colleagues evaluates the effect of continuous terror by examining the occurrence of general distress, Read more…