Trauma & Invisible Emotional Wounds

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

The field of traumatology has roots in the greek word “trauma” which means “injury or wound”. When we hear words like “trauma”, “injury” or “wound”, we would often relate to physical trauma, injury or wound that may lead to physical scarring. As there is physical trauma that leads to physical wound and scarring, there is psychological trauma which leads to emotional wounds and scarring. Perhaps as physical wounds are obvious and visible to the eyes, physical wounds are more often acknowledged and treated better compared to the emotional ones. Research has shown how traumatic experiences during childhood or adulthood could cause emotional scarring and changes in the brain and in turn, increasing one’s vulnerability level in face of future stressors.


Trauma for that matter could alter how one’s brain stores and remembers traumatic events that could interfere with future similar experiences if not brought to awareness and processed well. The literature pertaining to emotional and relational trauma suggests that individuals’ inability to move on in life after traumatic experiences such as grief and loss could have something