Attachment is the Root of Complex Trauma

“…as our brain grows and develops through infancy and early childhood, a lot of the developmental processes that occur are initiated by social interactions or social bonds. It’s like our brain is gathering repetitions or experiences and interactions in order to actually create the inputs that will drive the growth and development that has to happen. So even from infancy, there’s no way to separate brain development from social interaction. They always go together.”

-Matt Bush, NeuroSomatic Intelligence Certification Co-Educator and Founder of Next Level Neuro

Do you have a deep longing to create meaningful relationships, but complex trauma keeps getting in the way? 

Do you feel lonely and want more social interaction, but at the same time feel stressed out by it? 

Our last episode introduced the brain as a social organ, and how this topic relates to the neurobiology of relationships. Today, we dive deeper into how the brain develops through social interactions, why social connection is a survival need, and what happens in the body when we experience connection with other people.

Matt Bush joins us to discuss the impact of trauma on the brain’s functioning, and therefore, our relationships, expression, sense of safety, and overall health. We talk about what happens when you’re not primed for connection in childhood, how the brain is wired to be part of the social structure in relationships, what part of the brain guides us toward dysregulation and protective outputs, and lots more.

If any of this sounds confusing, be sure to listen for Matt’s definitions of attachment schema and C-PTSD from a neuro somatic perspective, which make it easier to understand how these systems and inputs come together for integration.

You’ll also finally learn why complex trauma is an attachment would, and most importantly, that change is possible and how you can get started NOW.

May you be filled with self compassion and hope for healing your relational patterns as you listen. 

Episode Highlights:

  • Matt explains what makes the insular cortex of the brain so cool and how it informs and shapes our social interactions
  • Elisabeth discusses how she uses NSI tools to train her insular cortex and interoceptive system to create safety in her body and relationships
  • Why a felt sense of safety and social connections are absolutely critical to survival
  • Matt lays out how a baby’s immature brain and nervous system are shaped by inputs of social connection not sensory data
  • We explore how the nervous system is developed and impacted by the mother’s, or primary caregiver’s, nervous system
  • Elisabeth defines the attachment schemas and explains why we’re not stuck in a singular schema
  • The hope that neuroplasticity brings to the attachment wound and attachment schemas
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