Developmental Trauma and Its Effects on Interpersonal Relationships
By: Kaila Ponder
A person's personality is mainly a result of the environment in which he or she was exposed to, which is why childhood trauma is so profound.
A child's emotional, social, and physical development has a direct impact on their overall development and the adult they grow to be.
Did you Know?
Early trauma shifts the trajectory of brain development. An environment characterized by fear and neglect, for example, causes different adaptations of brain circuitry than one of safety, security, and love.
Trauma can come from more than just violent attacks. It can also come from:
Borderline Personality Disorder
Trauma can result in mental disorders that can affect interpersonal relationships
70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives
STATISTICS ON PTSD
Up to 20% of these people go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Approximately 8% of all adults will develop PTSD in their lifetime
Relationships & Attachment
There are three commonly identified types of attachment.
Preoccupied (Anxious) Attachment
Dismissive (Avoidant) Attachment
Unresolved (Disorganized) Attachment
People who have experienced trauma tend to have a more pessimistic outlook when it comes to trusting others. The fear of being hurt physically or emotionally becomes a barrier in forging new relationships.
People who suffer from trauma struggle with feelings of isolation. These emotions can be hard to cope with and play a role in how they connect with others.