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Bound was created by Healing TREE Artist Advocate Samantha Scaffidi and produced by Voyager Studios LLC in association with SLMBR PRTY. It answers the important question of why people who are victims of abuse often feel a powerful attachment to those who have abused them. Furthermore, it points towards resources that emphasize trauma’s impact on the brain and allow for effective treatment (apart from the typical cognitive approach that doesn’t engage the survival part of the brain that is impacted during abuse) that leads to breaking the cycle and finding healing.
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Terms to Know
According to Judith Herman, M.D., “At the moment of trauma, the victim is rendered helpless by overwhelming force… Traumatic events are extraordinary, not because they occur rarely, but rather because they overwhelm the ordinary human adaptations to life.”
Showering someone with extreme “love,” attention and affection with the hidden motive of gaining their trust and dependence only to later exploit it. Often the first warning sign of any abusive relationship.
A form of psychological abuse whereby the perpetrator presents false or twisted information with the intention of making the victim doubt their own memory, perception, or sanity, disorienting them and making them more vulnerable to further abuse.
The strong attachment, attraction and/or devotion to harmful person(s) as a result of the cycle of abuse where there is fear, a power imbalance and intermittent reward and punishment present; a reaction to trauma in which the victim attempts to avoid further abuse by “agreeing with” an abuser; closely related to the fourth survival response in fight, flight, freeze or “fawn,” Stockholm syndrome and battered woman syndrome.
A subconscious compulsion to repeat trauma often by engaging in abusive relationships either as victim or perpetrator in an attempt to eliminate the original fear.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing; a therapy developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., widely named effective in treating trauma, using bilateral eye movements, tones or taps to desensitize and reprocess distressing feelings and negative cognitions and reinstall positive experiences necessary for healing.
A therapy developed by Pat Ogden, Ph.D., to treat trauma using a body-centered approach and engaging the neocortex to heal the disconnection between body and mind and promote self-regulation.