Discussion in 'Black People Open Forum' started by cherryblossom, Feb 20, 2010.
any of this sound familiar?
INTENTIONAL HUMAN (man-made, deliberate, malicious) TRAUMA
perpetrated AGAINST us because of the "color of skin" yet we know..not JUST because of that...it's the SPIRIT me thinks they want to destroy....this ish will sure do it....IF we were "just like them"
Combat, civil war, resistance fighting
sexual -incest; rape, forced nudity, exhibitionism, or pornography; inappropriate touching/fondling or kissing\physical - beating, kicking, battering, choking, tying up, stalking, forcing to eat/drink, threatening with weapon, elder abuse by own children
emotional- isolation, threats to leave or have affair, intimidation, degrading names, economic neglect, minimizing or denying abuse, taking away power/control, destroying property, torturing pets, neglect (leaving alone, not feeding or bathing)
Torture (the worst from is sexual because it combines physical, emotional, and spiritual cruelty)
Criminal assault, violent crime, robbery, mugging, family violence/battery
Hostage, POW, concentration camp, hijacking
Witnessing a homicide, sexual assault, battering, torture, etc...
Participating in violence/atrocities (e.g. Nazi doctors, soldiers, identifying with the aggressor and killing each other)
Witnessing parents' fear reactions
Alcoholism (due to its effects on family members)
Suicide or other form of sudden death
Damage to or loss of body parts...
Source: The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Source book (Glenn R. Schiraldi)
to fullspeedof..it with love...
more to come as time and Spirit allows.....
"...Intentional Human traumas are usually the worst. PTSD symptoms resulting from such stressors are usually more complex, are of longer duration, and are more difficult to treat for a number of reasons. Such traumas are typically the most degrading and cause the most shame. They often involve feelings of being stigmatized, marked, different, or an outcast (as in rape). Man-made traumas also are most likely to cause people to lost faith and trust inhumanity, in love, and in themselves. By contrast, natural disasters are, typically, less difficult to recover from. Survivors often bond. Often heroism and community support is evident. Survivors often feel a reverence or awe for nature that leaves faith in humanity in tact".
Event Re-Experienced...Intrusive memories
"In one sense, PTSD can be viewed as a fear of the unpleasant memories of the traumatic event that repeatedly intrude into one's awareness. Intrusive recollections can occur in the form of thoughts, images, or perceptions. These intrusions are unwelcome, uninvited, and painful, and the person wishes that they could put a stop to them. They often elicit feelings of fear and vulnerability, rage at the cause, sadness, disgust, or guilt. Sometimes they break through when one is trying to relax and one's guard is down. Sometimes a trigger that reminds one of the trauma will start the intrusions.
Nightmares are a common form of re-experiencing the trauma.
Flashbacks are a particularly upsetting form of re-experiencing the traumatic event.
"Like other anxiety disorders, PTSD, is characterized by extreme general physical arousal, and/or arousal following exposure to internal or external triggers. The nervous system has become sensitized by an overwhelming trauma. Thu, two things happen. General arousal becomes elevated, while the nervous system overreacts to even smaller stressors. Signs of arousal include:
Troubled sleep includes difficulty falling or staying asleep...
Irritability or outburst of anger might be displayed as smashing things, heated arguing, flying off the handle, screaming, intense criticizing, or impatience.
Unresolved anger is fatiguing. It might be mixed with shame, frustration, betrayal, or other uncomfortable emotions that lead to moodiness and explosions of pent-up anger. One might then feel embarrassed or guilty.
Difficulty concentrating or remembering. It is difficult to remember when one is still battling for control of intrusive memories.
Hypervigilance. People who have endured a trauma will be on guard against intrusive memories....Hypervigilance might be demonstrated as:
~feeling vulnerable, fearful of lots of things, unable to feel calm in safe places
~fear of repetition
~rapid scanning, looking over one's shoulder
~keeping a weapon or several weapons
~being overprotective or over controlling of loved ones
“People who have endured horrible events suffer predictable psychological harm.” (Herman, pg. 3). “…
I don’t think it’s a stretch to acknowledge that Folks of Afreekan Descent have experienced “horrible events” since our introduction to the world of “civilized” societal living. Brought to the shores of Virginia, beginning in 1619, Afreekan Descendants cultural reality changed and the social/emotional programming into the European cultural asili, thought and behavioral practices, began.
This process is similar to how children are raised in Western dominated societies. The ways we think about children, their needs, the desired and valued outcome of a “productive citizen” who strives for “success”, characterized by amount of material possession and levels of emotional comfort obtained during the course of one’s life.
Forced submission and compliance was gained through practices consistent with the instillation of “fear” using tactics designed to terrorize and terrify the Spirit, Will and Mind into thinking and doing as “I” say. For Afreekan Descendants, that “I” represents the European. In the life of a child, the “I” is the parent. I submit to you now, that the European is in fact, the socio/emotional parent of the Afreekan. And, are we not taught, encouraged and threatened with exclusion/rejection if we do not Honor our parents at all times? Regardless of their “short comings”, faults and errors negatively impacting on our psychic or physical bodies, we are to honor, cherish and praise them in this life and beyond.
People who endure trauma usually end up later on in life engaging in self-destructive practices and, if left untreated, will often times traumatize their children in the same way they were traumatized and add into it the self-destructive practices that one developed as well.
This is in essence where we are. Self-destruction became our culture for hundreds of years. That doesn't go away with a stroke of a pen. I'm not just speaking about slavery either. We were not "freed" in 1865. Jim Crow is not now and was not ever FREEDOM.
We seem to terribly underestimate what we have been through and continue to go through, because we have this idea that black people either can or are suppose to be able to take it. Social judgment of chronically traumatized people therefore tends to be extremely harsh.
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