The Fawning Response
I don't know who wrote this but I like it.
"Feeling the impulse to agree to things purely to keep the peace is a trauma response. Acting on that consistently and at the expense of your own wellbeing becomes a way you violate your own boundaries."
In the study of the vagus nerve and the autonomic nervous system responses, their are historically two responses: fight/flight and freeze. But in recent years there is also an added response called fawning.
Here is what Dr. Arielle Schwartz says in The Fawn Response in Complex PTSD: "Physiologically, a fawn response involves reading the social and emotional cues of others to attend to and care for their needs. Fawning also involves disconnecting from body sensations, going “numb” and becoming “cut off” from your own needs." You can read more here:
Check in with yourself on your responses. Change and healing are possible!
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