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What is Trauma?

Trauma is a term we hear a lot these days, but what does it really mean?

In my exploration of trauma, I've stumbled upon some surprising revelations. You see, for the longest time, I thought trauma was only for those who had been through the most extreme experiences—like accidents, violence, or abuse. But what I've come to realize is that trauma isn't always this obvious. It can hide in the background of our lives, quietly shaping our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

Trauma, Depressed and lonely girl walking along with her pet lion

Growing up, I never quite understood why I struggled so much with feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety, even though I hadn't been through any major traumas. I felt like I should have been happy, but something was missing. It wasn't until I dug deeper into my own experiences, did some research and had some therapy, that I really began to understand the true nature of trauma.

You see, trauma can definitely be the big and dramatic events, but it's not only that. It can also be the small moments—the ones that chip away at our sense of safety, love, significance, and connection. It can be about growing up in an environment where you never quite feel secure, where love feels conditional or scarce, where you never quite feel like you matter, or where you struggle to form meaningful connections with others.

These experiences may not leave physical scars, but they can leave deep emotional wounds that later on will affect every part of our lives. They can lead to deep feelings of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Feeling never good enough, or different. They can make it hard to trust others or to feel like we belong.

But here's the thing: understanding trauma isn't just about recognizing how it's affected us. It's also about realizing that we're not alone. There are countless others out there who have had similar experiences, who are struggling with their own invisible wounds. That's why it's so important to talk about trauma—to share our stories, to listen to others, and to offer support and understanding. By shining a light on the hidden aspects of trauma, we can create a more compassionate and inclusive world where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued.

Addressing trauma takes a big-picture approach, and Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) offers a powerful tool for this. RTT combines elements of hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and other techniques to uncover and change deep-seated beliefs and patterns. By getting into the subconscious mind, RTT helps you have big insights and make lasting changes, so you can heal from past traumas and get back your sense of safety, love, significance, and connection.

So let's start talking. Let's break down the walls of silence and shame. Let's embrace both our weaknesses and our strengths. And let's create a world where everyone can heal and thrive.

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