Physical Maladies as a Survivor Tool

In order to heal, we have to really want it both consciously and unconsciously. If we only want to heal on a conscious level, but not on an unconscious level, we may not recover. All parts of self need to cooperate and be in collusion with one another. For those who have unresolved trauma in their past, sometimes it is easier to deal with the physical illness than to deal with what the physical illness is masking. Is it masking terror, rage, grief, hopelessness, helplessness or shame? If we aren’t ready to deal with our repressed feelings, we might unconsciously conspire to create and maintain physical maladies to cope with trauma too hard to bear.

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