Dissociation a way of coping with pain and terrorby TAASTTA Talk
Discussion on Dissociation with Kathy, MSW
Oh so beautifully said Hanna. When we open up our hearts and understanding to the wonders of who we are as brilliant, resilient creatures we welcome in a galaxy of possibility. Blinders of expectation and social “correctness” keep us from seeing how magnificent the fullness of life can be. I so love and embrace your idea of the “act of Grace”. Grace is about accepting who we are in the here and now. Not what happened to us along the way … not what people want us to be … not who we think that we “should be”. Grace is accepting who we are! It is so important to accept the gifts of Grace that have been bestowed upon us. Yes, that would be you Hanna (and the work that you do here), Kathy (and the work she does at Discussing Dissociation) and our own wonderful, brilliant minds who have found the path to resilience and survival in whatever route that has taken us (even if that is through dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder).
Super Interview/discussion. Kathy has extensive experience and knowledge about DID and dissociation and a wonderful generous heart. Thank you Hanna for bringing this important topic to your talk radio show. Dissociation is a indeed a coping mechanism that most everyone has experienced at one time or another. It is the brain's way of coping with trauma by altering one's experience with the trauma from slowing down time, to out of body experiences to amnesia to traumatic events and so on. It is almost like the brain bundling up the trauma into a manageable space/time capsule to be experienced within a safe framework that the heart, mind and soul can handle. It really is a brilliant way that our brains help us cope.
Thank you, PMO for writing to let us know that you enjoyed the interview. Indeed, Kathy has a rich experience and I'm glad she was willing to share her views on the air. Dissociation is a fascinating aspect of how the brain helps us to make sense of our worst nightmares and keep moving forward in life. What I find most intriguing and definitely consider it an act of Grace is that the brain devises ways for us to release information borne out of intolerable experience and unbearable pain as we are ready. This is the gentle side of nature. If we could learn to look at the upside in all the challenges we face, perhaps there would be less suffering. More importantly, there would be no stigma on those who suffer mental anguish or who develop patterns that seem odd to others.