Trauma is the stripping away of a sense of safety and empowerment of the patient’s wellbeing. Trauma has a way of haunting us and being violent towards our psychological and emotional beings. Furthermore, the long-lasting effects go into days, weeks, months, and years of conditioning minds to think, feel, see it from a distorted view through the eyelids. Trauma has conditioned the mind to a state of warfare between denial and consciousness after experiencing failure to heal the wound(s). Psychological and emotional warfare depicts emotional disturbance in the real-time traumatic event of wound healing. Some patients suffering from warfare find that “ignorance is blissful” or disillusion is more soothing and satisfying to their minds. This article does not focus on the righteousness of being conscious or the unrighteous being in denial, but the explanation of what patients are battling internally to sustain their definition of normalcy in their everyday lives.
The definition of denial is not acknowledging the truth of the information or incident (APA, 2022). The incident or information could be unfavorable and potentially create disheartening psychological distress and emotional distress (APA, 2022). In the mind of the patients, it could be sustaining the last ounce of hope and faith in their spiritual beliefs. The non-affected population may assume that the patients are not responding to the most appropriate to their standards. Its leads to the patients cultivating deeper hideouts from the unaffected population. Referring to Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, the ego focuses on self-preservation by using defense mechanisms (APA, 2022). Defense Mechanism is a biological response that the human body and brain use to protect themselves from potential and actual harm (APA, 2022). Emotional Blunting is another denial application that completely denies any emotions that could trigger external and internal responses to the failure to heal wounds (Lebow, 2021). Dissociation from sadness and anger and bewilderment emotions are attached to incidents relating to failure to heal wounds (Lebow, 2021). They will often not discuss or allow others to discuss wound healing out of insulation from depressive symptoms.
The definition of consciousness is being aware of the current state the patient is in emotionally and physically (Cherry, 2020). By reflecting on those emotions and physical feelings in their body (Cherry, 2020). Receiving the information in its rawest form and allowing them to flow, not ignoring or disowning the feelings. The application of consciousness that patients are willing to experience is the introspection of their decisions that have led them in the situation (Cherry, 2020). Introspection also assists in getting insights from within on how to accept and strengthen their belief system. Consciousness also focuses on the nature of the environment in that patients’ lives, learn, play, and work—the people who are surrounding the patients’ lives negatively and positively (Cherry, 2020). Nevertheless, consciousness does not mean easy but being willing to accept the hardships.
The art of acceptance and self-compassion from experiencing the warfare between denial and consciousness is constant. It is evolving as patients suffer from failure to heal wounds. Give yourself compassion and learn to accept that this will not always be. It’s a journey, not a sprint. Do not allow yourself to feel shame because you decided to uplift yourself by shutting down the negative thoughts. It has a place protecting your harmony with your body, mind, and spirits.
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Cherry, K. (2020, May 13). How psychology explains consciousness. Verywell Mind. Retrieved March 17, 2022, from https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-consciousness-2795922
American Psychological Association. (2021). Apa Dictionary of Psychology. American Psychological Association. Retrieved March 17, 2022, from https://dictionary.apa.org/defense-mechanism
American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Apa Dictionary of Psychology. American Psychological Association. Retrieved March 17, 2022, from https://dictionary.apa.org/denial