How Your Trauma Explains Your Coping Mechanisms

When you’ve experienced , the way you interact with the world and others can be shaped by the experiences you may have. Being aware of how each of these affects you can help you navigate your relationships, life, and also personal success. In this video, we cover examples like how being abandoned might make you feel more avoidant and distrustful of relationships. Another example may be being abused or exploited makes you less likely to trust others.

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