We now know that trauma compromises the brain area that communicates the physical, embodied feeling of being alive.
These changes explain why traumatized individuals become hypervigilant to threat at the expense of spontaneously engaging in their day-to-day lives.
They also help us understand why traumatized people so often keep repeating the same problems and have such trouble learning from experience.
We now that their behaviours are not the result of moral failings or signs of willpower or bad character - they are caused by actual changes in the brain.' The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma