German Cheung, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 22159
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Food for Thought

Six Ways Developmental Trauma Shapes Adult Identity | Psychology Today

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/experimentations/201707/six-ways-developmental-trauma-shapes-adult-identity

1. Loss of childhood: "I never really had a childhood" or "I can't remember much from growing up."

2. Missing parts of oneself: "I've always felt like something was missing, but I don't know what it is."

3. Attraction to destructive relationships: "I'm the kind of person who always dates people who are bad for me."

4. Avoidance of relationships: "I'm someone who is better off alone."

5. Avoidance of oneself: "I don't like to think about myself; it only makes me feel bad."

6. Difficulty integrating emotions into one's identity: "I'm not the kind of person who has strong feelings about things."