“In part, trauma repetition is an effort by the victim to bring resolution to the traumatic memory. By repeating the experience, the victim tries anew to figure out a way to respond in order to eliminate the fear. Instead, the victim simply deepens the traumatic wound. Note that repetition, like shame, can draw heavily on other forms of traumatic impact: reactivity, arousal, blocking, splitting, and deprivation. Shame and reenactment simply intensify the mind-altering experience of trauma. They become allies of one another. They form a devastation combination when they are part of a trauma bond in which there has been betrayal.’”

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