How can emotional trauma affect my relationships with others?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

With symptoms including avoidance of people, isolation, mistrust, and irritability, emotional trauma can potentially directly affect your relationships with others. While secure relationships can create positive reinforcement toward recovery from emotional trauma, the traumatic experience can also strain the maintenance of those relationships. Emotional trauma can produce both a desire for isolation and a yearning for closeness that can often seem odd to others.

Some who experience emotional trauma will become fearful or will feel victimized. Others will become controlling or aggressive when experiencing emotional trauma. Some who are traumatized might develop an unhealthy attachment to those who've created the incident of trauma. Overall, emotional trauma can sometimes cause you to undermine stable, supportive relationships and place value on harmful ones.

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