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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)


"It's safe to have things I could be doing and be resting."

"I am safe to rest in bed"

inner parent reassuring inner child part

time out


change of scene / distraction, reading / movies, holiday away

humour / fun / play

exercise, yoga

a good sleep


"I don't need to know what to do"

get out of 'fix it' mode

recognising safety

celebrating positive outcomes

being present

returning to equilibrium

taking every opportunity, on multiple levels

to 'exit' trauma loop, & shift to right brain processes

3. Anxious thoughts (left brain)

"not enough time"

"too much to do"

need to 'fix it'

coping strategies

individuality, "I'll show you"

seriousness, "This is the way it want it to be"

"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


my thoughts & feelings trigger trauma

5. Negative Consequences

Overengagement & exhaustion

Giving up

2b. "breaking point" trauma response

physiological response



"uncontrollable" tension


recognise trauma response

1. Triggers

authority / fear of bullying

other person's anxiety / tension


my tension & tiredness

0. Current Pressures

trauma memories triggered

fear of death


partner's anxiety / deadlines

my tiredness from hyper-vigilance

work pressure / extra hours

4. Feelings