How The Body Keeps The Score: An Interview with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Isabel Pastor Guzman, ‘How The Body Keeps The Score: An Interview with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’,, Brain World – The Earth Citizen Way, Inc. (March 15, 2018)

A bodily state

Trauma is an experience that basically leaves people stuck in a state of helplessness and terror. Trauma starts with the feeling of “Oh my god, my life is over.” (…) It’s a situation characterized by the inability to take the actions necessary to protect yourself. (…) One of the most difficult parts of being a traumatized person is that your behaviors annoy or frighten the people around you and make you feel ashamed of yourself. Trauma survivors need help regulating those reactions. Yelling at people to stop feeling that way, or trying to talk them out of it does not work. (…) Because people focus on the threat, it may become very difficult to take in new information. (…) Traumatized people tend to reiterate the same feelings and thoughts over and over again. (…) The core issue with trauma is that people feel unsafe in their bodies. (…) So trauma is really a bodily state of feeling deeply uncomfortable, hyperaroused, or not feeling anything at all. (…) Trauma is real, and one of the hardest things about trauma is that oftentimes it’s a secret. (…) Opening up and dealing with your shame, and forgiving yourself for not always being in control becomes very important.