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Early Trauma—The Split it Causes

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Trauma Constellations specialist, Dr. Franz Ruppert, contends that early trauma causes the psyche to split into three parts he calls: the Trauma Self, the Survival Self, and the Healthy Self. According to Ruppert, the trauma mainly occurs with a primary relationship for every human being—with mom—generally within the first trimester of pregnancy. He agrees with Hellinger, that the trauma can also occur immediately following birth, in a similar fashion to that described in Hellinger’s “Interrupted Reaching Out.”

Early traumas can have a lasting impact on the individual’s developing personality, and definitely can influence the path the individual will choose in life—and even whether the individual will have a happy and successful life. The following are Ruppert’s descriptions of the splits that occur:

Healthy Self

The Healthy Self is open-minded, capable of regulating feelings, exhibits compassion and empathy, and can form a healthy bond. The Healthy Part has a good memory, and is realistic and optimistic—accepts responsibility and practices self-reflection.

Traumatized Self

The Traumatized Self buries all memories of the trauma but is stuck in the traumatic experiences—is therefore easily triggered as an adult.

Survivor Self

The Survivor Self also buries all memories of the trauma, and keeps it buried deep—so that the split is carefully guarded. This part is controlling—and compensates easily by creating illusions—a mirror image of the Traumatized Self.

Constellation of Intention

Franz Ruppert developed the “Constellation of Intention.” It differs in format from a traditional Family Constellation—introduced many years earlier by the creator of Family Constellations, Bert Hellinger. In a Family Constellation the client shares briefly with the facilitator, then chooses a representative for his/herself and relatives as recommended by the facilitator. In the Constellation of Intention, the client chooses only one representative—for his/her intention—then steps into the constellation as him/herself.

There is significant disagreement from traditional practitioners not only for Ruppert’s way of doing a constellation, but also many objections to his philosophies. (See “Constellation of Intention” for further information.)

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