When everybody’s faced with a difficult or dramatic situation the human body has several defence mechanisms it can put into play. Have You Ever Felt that you are separated from your body. it may feel like you are detached or even disconnected almost as if you’re watching yourself from a distance. This is an example of dissociation and it is one of the many parts to do with trauma that Trauma informed training can focus on.
Disassociation normally occurs when we are faced with a situation that is so traumatic the only response is to shut off from the world and to limit the stimuli that we are subjected to. Many traumatic experiences can be incredibly overwhelming and when a person’s physical or psychological existence is threatened there seems to be this safety mechanism to allow us to feel less stress or fear about the situation.
One of the most common examples of dissociation is the protection of our memories and all emotions that can flood the senses. This is especially true when a trigger can reenact the sensations of the original trauma.
This disassociation can also offer protection from experiencing the trauma again as well as dealing with any unbearable emotions at the time. While some of these might seem negative aspects, the positive side of the disassociation is that it also gives the individual a heightened sense of control and an increase of self-preservation so that they can get through and survive the experience whole and complete.