Motivational Monday: Trauma changes your brain
Lady Gaga is no stranger to the stage or to voicing her opinion on emotionally charged topics and this time was no different. In a recent late night interview Lady Gaga reminded us all that trauma affects our brains in a real way, “If someone is assaulted, or experiences trauma, there is science, and scientific proof, it’s biology, that people change. The brain changes. And literally, what it does, is it takes the trauma and it puts it in a box, and it files it away and shuts it so that we can survive the pain.”
The article goes on to cite a couple of PhDs in a TIME article that in a time of high stress or terror our brains take action by shutting down as to protect itself from the traumatic event.
“When the executive center of our brain goes offline, we are less able to willfully control what we pay attention to, less able to make sense of what we are experiencing, and therefore less able to recall our experience in an orderly way…
Victims may remember in exquisite detail what was happening just before and after they realized they were being attacked, including context and the sequence of events. However, they are likely to have very fragmented and incomplete memories for much of what happens after that.”
You can learn more about trauma and the brain here.