Well certainly we all love the reduction of unwanted behaviors: truancy, drug-involvement, violence-aggression. Then again Freud says that clients reproduce memories through action as the only way they know how to remember things. So what do we do with that?
I apologize because I lost track of where I took these notes and will update this later. But here are a few trauma thoughts regarding trusting what we know as a way to be able to be the most hepful to traumatized individuals:
- We ask ourselves: What were they thinking? Which is Oh so much better than when we think we can decide what they were thinking as if we are mindreaders.
- But a trauma sensitive approach considers that it is a dissociative blockade that places the behavior out of the context of verbal and conscious control.
- Since words are not available to sufficiently explain the experience, thinking cannot really occur.
- Which leads an individual to helplessly re-expose themselves to trauma.