The relationship between trauma and dissociation has been widely studied and debated recently. As a defence, it is usually thought of as a temporary but significant disconnection aimed at avoiding or postponing a feeling or thought. With dissociation, the disconnection allows one to live outside time and space, to better manage unbearable thoughts, feelings or memories. And with an alternative or dissociated representation of self it is possible to exist in a profound and focused present (e.g. losing track of time): time and self-representation unfold discontinuously.
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