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When Trauma Doesn't Give You Thick Skin

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We’ve all heard the saying “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” While it can be affirming for many, it also tends to establish a false narrative of what trauma survival looks like.

There’s a societal belief that traumatic experiences make people cold, thick-skinned and hardened. However, in my personal experience and from talking with countless other people, trauma most often can leave us feeling vulnerable, sensitive and more afraid.

When we’re exposed to dangerous situations, the body’s stress response, also known as “fight or flight,” is activated. It’s an important mechanism built-in to our bodies, Unfortunately, if that stress response is activated too often, the body can trigger the response much more easily in the future,

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