Overcoming Shock explores the effects of shock on our lives and provides practical ways to overcome trauma

Whether it is suddenly losing a loved one, finding out your spouse is having an affair, learning that your child is using drugs, or discovering that a child has a major illness, shock is the body's way of saying, “I can’t deal with this right now and I need a moment to collect myself.”

When people experience trauma, they can be both damaged and shocked. While trauma is recorded in us psychologically, shock is recorded physiologically. This is why we can have both emotional and physical responses long after a traumatic event.

Here are proven tools for successful treatment and real-life examples of people who have overcome the debilitating patterns caused by shock and trauma.

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Introduction  --  
Seeking Refuge - A Creative Way to Handle Shock 1  
From Hypnotherapy to Psychodrama - The Terms of Our Trade 2  
Running Away to the Circus 3  DOWNLOAD
The Witness Protection Program 4  
A Clinical Perspective 5  
The Physiology of Shock 6
Shock and Natal Issues 7  
The Nourishment Barrier - The Shock Response to Toxic Intimacy 8  
How Shock Calcifies Addictions 9  
How Shock Affects Our Relationships 10  
The Shock Response to Critical Incidents 11  
Shock and Spirituality 12  
First Aid vs. Lasing Treatment - Tips on Managing Shock 13  


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How parents can be more proactive and less reactive with your children?

Children often reflect the trauma and shock that parents have in their lives. Shock is contagious. If your children are feeling stressed, it will activate your shock. If you are feeling stressed, it will activate theirs. If parents treat their own shock, children will be more focused and able to learn.

Why, after work, am I too tired to do anything but watch TV all night?

The stress in our lives causes many people to “numb out” as if this would cause the stress to go away. This is a parasympathetic shock response, which interferes with family communication and teaches children to numb out on their own TV shows, games and computers.

How can I achieve work life balance?

The stress in our lives causes many people to attempt to “outrun” it as if moving fast and staying busy would cause the stress to go away. This is a sympathetic shock response and frequently becomes a lifetime pattern.

What type of shock is unique to first responders? 

First responders such as medical personnel, firefighters, police, therapists and crisis workers have accepted the responsibility for treating other peoples’ shock and trauma. As a society we have ignored the “secondary trauma” that the first responders experience. After dealing with say, a suicide, a school shooting or a domestic abuse case, the first responders often go out drinking to numb their own internalized shock. There are many reports of firefighters driving with a long history of DUI’s. 

What does it mean to self-medicate your shock?

Our body reacts to stressful situations through the autonomic nervous system. This means it bypasses the conscious mind and literally removes our conscious choice. The phrase, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” reflects the unconscious eating or drinking that is so common in our culture. This is our body self-medicating stress and this often happens many times during the day below the radar of our conscious mind.

How does shock contribute to the over 80 billion dollars spent on dieting in the US?

Shock is always the body’s response to overwhelming stress. An example is “need shock” which develops when a small child’s needs are not being adequately met. An example of this is working parents who don’t get home until late to discover that their kids have filled up on soda and junk food. This pattern can continue throughout the child’s life, using junk food and soda  to treat need shock. This pattern generalizes to anytime the child feels unsatisfied, abandoned, or lonely. The individual with unmet emotional needs, then returns to childhood methods to self-medicate with comfort foods. There are many more examples in the book, which all take the form of “sympathetic” (overactive) or “parasympathetic” (numbness/frozen/paralyzed) shock.

How can shock and trauma be explained from the perspective of Jungian psychology?

Small children in the face of overwhelming stress or unmet needs use their imagination to recruit help and they develop defensive behavior that eventually becomes embedded in the nervous system of their bodies.  These are called “shadow parts”. Read the free chapter three, “running away to the circus.”



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