Taking the long way through trauma
Why do trauma victims re-experience their trauma in flashbacks and nightmares? We need some help from Freud to explain.
In Beyond the Pleasure Principle. Freud noted that, in their dreams, flashbacks, and patterns of behavior, trauma victims compulsively repeated their horrible experiences as if they were happening in the present, rather than remembering them as events of the past. If you believe people do whatever is pleasurable, you will not expect this. Freud came up with the death drive to explain. Continue reading →