German Cheung, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 22159

Food for Thought

Six Ways Developmental Trauma Shapes Adult Identity | Psychology Today

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."