Saturday, February 3, 2018

The 4 Types of Trauma - Emotional & Physical

“With trauma and injury we are always faced with the twofold position of anatomy and emotion, for what has happened emotionally is just as important as what has happened physically.  In injury, and especially in trauma, these ‘coalesce’ to varying degrees. One could say injury is to the body as trauma is to the psyche.”    Dr. Ryno Tomlinson
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The 4 Types of Trauma  
1. Catastrophic Physical Trauma - Extremely painful & visible.
2. Catastrophic Emotional Trauma - Extremely painful & visible.
3. Cumulative Physical Trauma - Painful & visible. In part invisible
4. Cumulative Emotional Trauma - We can’t see, smell or feel it

The first 2 traumas are easily seen because the injury, trauma and pain is acute. So we deal with it immediately. Cumulative Physical Trauma is visible as well. Unfortunately, in too many situations, it is too late to repair the physical damage done by Cumulative Physical Trauma..

Cumulative Emotional Trauma is our ticking time bomb, our biggest cost and the most difficult trauma to see. This is also the type of trauma which is most misunderstood or ignored. Like carbon monoxide gas, cumulative emotional trauma slowly and quietly poisons an individual, team or workforce.

Next blog: What does small but cumulative emotional trauma in the Workplace look like and feel like?