Childhood Trauma In Early Adulthood

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More times than not, children tend to have a severe imbalance in their ANS, because of early attachment issues and/or trauma. They may feel that their bodies and emotions are out of their control. Javier was likely met with irresistible situations, and was left without comfort by his caregivers. Because of this, Javier may have rarely felt safe enough. Since infants require an extended period of care and protection, they are birthed with behaviors that assist them in maintaining closeness to others who are capable of assisting them with regulating distress, first attachment figure. The second attachment figure, offer a physical and emotional safe haven; they ease distress and serve as a support system. A secure base in which others can examine and acknowledge different things about the world and create their own competences and personality is the third attachment figure (Mikulincer, Shaver, & Pereg, 2003). All three of these attachment figures Javier lacks resulting in an insecure/ avoidant attachment style. The developing brain…show more content…
Childhood trauma directly affects the frontal limbic system in the right hemisphere of the brain. Because if this, children who experience childhood trauma experience difficulties in attaining homeostasis. They are also challenged to become self- regulated. This significantly impacts affect regulation because these children are not equipped with the skills to respond empathetically to others (Applegate & Shapiro, 2005). Perhaps, this idea may also explain Javier’s ability to respect authority and not his peers at school. Javier exhibiting a lack of empathy combined with a lack of impulse control is not only associated with issues in attachment, but in his infliction of aggressive behaviors toward

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