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Understanding the trauma response by Mind Map: Understanding the trauma response
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Understanding the trauma response

5. provide "safety" (right brain)

reassurance

time out

surrendering

recognising safety

returning to equilibrium

3. Anxious thoughts (left brain)

"not enough time"

"too much to do"

need to 'fix it'

coping strategies

"I'm not okay the way I am" / "I must change, or do something"

"I'm going to lose myself" (lose right brain sense of equilibrium)

"I don't like myself"

recognise negative thoughts

2a. Historical trauma memory

out of control

pushed to submission

overwhelmed

my thoughts & feelings trigger trauma

5. Negative Consequences

Overengagement & exhaustion

Giving up

2b. "breaking point" trauma response

physiological response

hypervigilance

hypersensitivity

"uncontrollable" tension

sleeplessness

recognise trauma response

1. Triggers

authority / fear of bullying

other person's anxiety / tension

deadlines

my tension & tiredness

0. Current Pressures

trauma memories triggered

partner's anxiety / deadlines

my tiredness from hyper-vigilance

work pressure / extra hours

4. Feelings

irritable

inadequate

helplessness