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What is PTSD? What is PTSD?
by Joseph Gatt
2022-01-03 08:00:28
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Let's put it this way. “Normal” people, that is people with no signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, tend to be easygoing, transparent, clear, and tend to give you a good time. Those “normal” people tend to have had an easy life or a difficult life but they are optimistic about life.

People with Post-traumatic stress disorder tend to have lived in situations where they end up on their own. Either their parents were neglectful, or they had to fight all alone, or they overcame war, economic recessions, or some kind of traumatic event where everyone was mean to them and no one was kind to them.

pt0001_400So people with PTSD tend to be confusing, anxious, opaque, tend to lie a lot, and tend to confuse us about what it is that they really want from us. Do they hang out with us because they want to be our friend, or do they hang out with us so they can be our enemy.

The difference lies in the philosophical outlook on life. “Normal” people tend to believe that life provides no serious dangers. The dangers of life are obvious and predictable, and if our life is in danger, it is either because we were unlucky, or ill-prepared, and life's dangers are a fatality of sorts. But overall, life is easy, people are predictable, life is predictable.

People with PTSD on the other hand, due to their background having fought all alone with no one to help them, tend to believe that life is difficult. They tend to believe that everyone's dangerous, that danger lies everywhere, that you have to be constantly on your guard, and that people and life will destroy you if you're not careful enough.

So people with PTSD will confuse you about what it is that they want from you. People with PTSD tend to “invent” social rules, constantly accuse you of breaking social rules, constantly accuse you of wanting to harm them, of making fun of them, or of desiring them in inappropriate ways. And you, the “normal” guy, ends up wondering what it is you did that harmed them.

People with PTSD tend to believe that life is like a boxing ring. The world is the stage, and anyone who crosses their path is a boxing ring match up, that is they have to fight whoever crosses their path. “Normal” people tend to believe life is more like a dodge ball game, all you have to do is have fun with your team and dodge whatever ball comes your way. If the ball hits you, tough luck, you have to hit someone else so you can get back on the team. But it's all about fun.

So people with PTSD will hit you as hard as they can, and they won't show signs of backing off or easing things out. Like in a boxing match, you have to keep hitting until you knock your opponent out.

So a society with collective PTSD is a confusing society. It is that kind of society where people are constantly on their guards and aren't clear about what they want. People lie all the time and change their mind all the time. And people never reveal their intentions often because they have few other intentions than throwing jabs at people.

But fighting all by yourself is the exception rather than the norm. Traditionally, people in most societies enjoy their time together, have fun, and even work while having fun. Even in difficult times, as in times of natural disasters, people tend to cooperate and help each other out, transparently and clearly, with no attempt at confusing anyone.

But there are those situations in times of war, economic hardship or emotional neglect where people tend to end up fighting alone and believe that no one will ever help them out and that everyone's out there to get them.

How do you rebuild trust among those with PTSD? You need to show them as many examples as you can that life is about cooperation, and that few people are out there to get them. You need to show them the kind of society where people help each other out, rather than show them the kind of society where people are out there to get them.

That is, people with PTSD need to be convinced that life is about help and cooperation, having fun and relaxing, and that life is an act of goodwill. If you show people with PTSD a dangerous world where they are persecuted, they will feel persecuted and behave like they are persecuted.


   
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