Trauma & Environment

Our brains are wired to assess threat!

  • Every novel stimulus in our environment is automatically assumed to be a threat until deemed otherwise by the neocortex. This process happens almost instantaneously and we are often unaware of it.

There is a larger enemy at work here as it relates to environment and trauma and that is predominately associated with what we witness in it. Environmental trauma can be connected to what people watch on television, on the internet or on other forms of technology and social media, not just natural disasters. Often these shows, newscasts and videos are wrought with fear based and unrealistic imagery and messages as it relates to statistics and probability. For example, in Denver the evening news reports a homicide, a rape and an abduction in the first few minutes of a newscast. Did these events happen. Yes. However, were there also an additional 3 million (the approximate population of Denver) other events that happened that were not violent in that same day. Of course. It is precisely that our brains are wired to assess threat in our environment as to why media coverage and television programming is sensationalized and fear based. Our survival instincts tell us to attend to that because we think we might need to know this information to protect ourselves in the future if something similar occurs.

  1. Reduce exposure to violent and sensationalized content in all media sources
  2. Become aware of the symptoms of trauma
  3. Develop and implement healthier coping mechanisms
  4. Learn what are and how to confront your fears
  5. Build up our children’s emotional intelligence so they are more resilient to environmental and other forms of trauma.

Violence Gaming & Children

The gaming industry spends billions on research to support their cause or suppress research that does not support their cause. What is their cause? To sell games and make money. They are not concerned with their industries impact on children and people.

Years ago they were successfully able to promote a study that said that violent video games do not cause people to act violently. Essentially, correlation does not equal causation. They were correct. This basic premise was already known and well established in the scientific community and so they used it as “evidence” to calm the public’s concern. Again, playing a violent video game does not necessarily mean a person will go out and commit a violent act. There may be a connection but one may not necessarily cause the other. However…….

here is what playing violent video games and being exposed to violent content repeatedly does do!

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It desensitizes a human being to what would otherwise be a more normal empathic response to witnessing or engaging in violence. So basically, if 12 year old Joseph plays violent video games repeatedly, when he sees a violent act in real life he is less likely to feel the appropriate level of empathy for the potential victim.

Why is bullying becoming an ever increasing problem?

Why are more and more people committing seemingly random violent acts without remorse or reason?

This may not be the sole reason, however it is certainly a factor.