Every human personality grows from individual “seed potential” that includes physical, psychological and spiritual components. In addition to physiological stages of birth, early childhood, adolescence and adulthood, every human transits a life-long stream of events, situations and circumstances that influence their physical, psychological, mental and spiritual development. Our individuality comes from the unique way every person encounters and responds to these stimuli, both inward and outward. Picture a Mobius Strip where outward stimuli appear on the surface and, over time, are inwardly absorbed to eventually manifest outwardly again. Every stimulus, whether helpful or injurious, adds to the developmental and maturation process.
Trauma is often described as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Medically it is characterized as a physical event, synonymous with injury or wounding. It can also be a non-visible wound that is sustained as a result of an inward perception of an event, situation or circumstance. Perhaps no physical wound may be visible, but the net “inward” effect to the “victim” is every bit as disturbing, and may very likely result in “external” manifestations of altered behaviour, belief or self esteem.
Medical science is limited in it’s capacity to accurately diagnose or effectively analyze either the specific causes of these “inward” perceptions of disturbance, or to effectively prescribe relief. The current phenomenon of “post traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD) is a good example.