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A trauma survivor’s  first reaction is self-preservation – to defend, to hide, to spend whatever remaining energy to control. Self-preservation is primary, even if it means  she/he closes off thoughts, emotions, and eventually isolates family and  friends.

A survivor, unfortunately albeit understandably, becomes someone who lives in fear.

A survivor never wants to be vulnerable again, never wants to be powerless again.

And, who can blame him/her!

Yet, Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly, claims that it is only when we allow ourselves to become vulnerable that we can heal. Read the rest of this entry »

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