Physical Maladies as a Survivor Tool

In order to heal, we have to really want it — this means all parts of self (the conscious parts and the unconscious traumatized parts) must agree. If one aspect of us wants to heal and another aspect does not, recovery from trauma is inaccessible. All parts of self need to cooperate and be in collusion with one another. For those who have unresolved trauma in their past, sometimes it is easier to deal with the physical illness than to deal with what the physical illness is masking. Tough memories and emotions remain stored in the body. If we aren’t ready to deal with our repressed feelings and memories, we might unconsciously conspire to create and maintain physical maladies to cope with trauma too hard to bear since sickness is a good distraction. And the reason our childhood wounds might be too hard to bear is because we might not feel supported.

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