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Discovering MErcy_Glossary

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Counseling: Providing advice, help and encouragement to people.

Developmental Trauma:  Multiple or chronic exposure to one or more forms of developmentally adverse interpersonal trauma (abandonment, betrayal, physical assaults, sexual assaults, threats to bodily integrity, coercive practices, emotional abuse, witnessing violence and death). (For more information, read Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD's Developmental Trauma Disorder paper on the Resource Reading List page)

Dissociation: The mind’s preparation for the body to be harmed, by Peter Levine. Janina Fisher explains dissociation is a disruption of the normal integration of experience.

Discovering MErcy also highlights that dissociation for a survivor is used because they do not want to feel the body. People dissociate to stay out of the body.
(For more information to have a basic understanding, read Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation by Janina Fisher on the Resource Reading List page) Discovering MErcy does not use or agree with the therapeutic style that Janina uses, however thinks a reader can learn from the basic premise she puts forth.

Trauma Based Mind Control: Repetitive trauma a person endures that causes him or her to be submissive to another in thoughts, will and choices.

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