On my facebook there has been a discussion about trauma. I wrote the following:
“In recent months I have been working with a US marine who served in Iraq. He says that whenever he hears fireworks going off he has an instant strong anxiety reaction. Apparently the sounds are similar to explosions one hears in war. He also says that if he sits and watches a fireworks show he has no anxiety reaction at all. It’s curious how the Child ego state works sometimes.” (end quote)
Dena commented about the different neurological processing that would go on in the different circumstances which was interesting. In addition to this there would also be alternate psychological processing going on. It is a good illustration how the different ego states function differently especially in how they process information in order to come to conclusions about the world.
The US marine presented two different situations he found himself in:
1. When hearing fireworks he only has audio information - anxiety experienced.
2. When watching fireworks he has audio and video information - no anxiety.
This demonstrates how the Adult and Child ego states process information differently. This is explained further in the following three diagrams.
Anyone who has studied child psychology knows the importance a young child puts on what they see rather than on words they are told. Children quickly learn that a parent’s actions are far more important than what a parent says. Indeed when it is preverbal it only has visual (& kinesthetic) information available to it.