Has any one heard of this, is it bad?
It's certainly not good. Basically it means a person goes into a deeply altered state of mind to escape thinking about something traumatic. When they come back to normal they often don't remember what they did during that state.
This is considered a psychological reaction to trauma, but anyone exhibiting these symptoms should also be checked for complex-partial seizures which could present just about the same way: to someone watching they would seem to be very spaced out as if sleepwalking.
It is some thing like that zooby, but it is difficult to get all the pieces to fit, one seems to get a handle on it ,then it slips away hardly worth bothering with.
Gday Zooby and Wolram, if you are still interested in dissociation – and it is interesting, check-out "The Myth Of Sanity" by Martha Stout.
Dissociation is a slippery bugger, a kind of circuit breaker for our minds only once reset we rarely recognize that the power was out or how the short occurred, it keeps us “sane” and is a bad thing only if it contributes to stuffing our lives up.
Zooby cites the response to trauma at the extreme end of the scale, a healthy and good thing. It becomes bad when it repeatedly bites you on the *** later in life making a mess of your relationships. How and why it does this is the really interesting bit.
Have you ever driven home after a hectic day and suddenly realized you’ve been on auto pilot? Somehow you cannot recall half the journey whilst remembering the other half (usually the first half) clearly.
seems to be a common reaction to child abuse. very sad. i've known at least two people suffering from it.
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