pattern recognition


Excerpt from here:

A client’s posttraumatic identity is predicated on “holding it all together.” Thus, she organized her life so that she was overextended and overwhelmed, proving again and again to herself how well she could hold it all together. When she was finally able to begin reorganizing this way of being, she experienced overwhelming grief and constant terror that her life would fall apart. She felt a sense of futility that threatened to paralyze her current life as it had shattered and paralyzed her life during the original trauma. Experiencing this was so painful and frightening that she clearly understood why her old way of being had been so resistant to change.

Actually my preferred pronouns are he/him, they/them, but other than that, you got it all right. <sigh>


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