The psychological effects of trauma on behavior and personality are closely related. If a person has a traumatic experience in life, the mind can go through some changes to protect that person from themselves and the scarred memories that they’ve experienced. For example, a child that has been physically abused could develop a disorder that would not allow them to become close to people in general (Joel 1998). The trustworthiness of everyone that the victim came in contact with would be questioned regardless if they deemed people friend, foe, or family. Everyone would be a potential threat and the victim of the physical abuse would rather seclude themselves.
People that have been sexually abused sometimes become a nymphomaniac and have promiscuous sex with random people because that’s what they learned growing up (Lodrick 2007). They exhibit the same qualities of the person that abused them and began a cycle of abuse that could last for generations. An example of said abuse would be like people who inbreed and marry their family members. In their eyes and society, that would be considered natural and right. They would continue to engage in such behavior until they deemed it wrong or want to change the behavior.
Can you change your personality? Or can your personality be changed by circumstances in life or traumatic experiences? The answer to this question is yes. I have a hatred of police till this day because of an experience I encountered with them. At the age of fifteen, I went to jail for writing graffiti on a building. During the time I was locked in the cell, a police officer placed handcuffs on myself and one other inmate that was in the jail cell with me because we were talking loud and he’d had enough.
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...sity. However, it has become clear over time that the response of an individual to trauma depends not only on stressor characteristics, but also on factors specific to the individual (Sherin 2006).
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