Nicole Dunn (Interdisciplinary Studies – Social Sciences), Mark Soelling (Psychology), Amy McCoy (Psychology)
As with the basis of cognitive behavioral therapy, it is recognized that the behaviors of the individual are reflection of the individual’s thought processes. For the purpose of this essay, this fact should be pointed out as it translates also to the overt behaviors of an individual with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Complex-PTSD (C-PTSD), or a history of domestic violence (DV). Abnormal, inappropriate affect and behaviors of the like can and should be attributed to the extensive number of traumatic experiences incurred by these individuals throughout the course of their lifetimes. The purpose of this essay is to examine some of these seemingly antisocial behaviors, what longitudinal effects those behaviors may have for the individual, the cognitive processes behind those behaviors, as well as how to challenge some of those behaviors and processes within the individual. The traumatized self will often, unwittingly, set the stage for the recurrence of trauma because of their lack of social and coping skills, their presentation of subjectively frail self-concept, and extreme defense mechanisms. Advocated herein will be the need for creating new treatment methods and models for skill building groups, individual work, and family systems therapy to address these deficits in social functioning. Such communication based skill building is likely to induce psychological healing from past trauma and have a significant impact upon the phenomena of recurrence.
Keywords: Trauma, Communication, neurobiology