from Coping with Trauma Related Dissociation:

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“Fear and anxiety affect decision making in the direction of more caution and risk aversion.
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Traumatized individuals pay more attention to cues of threat than other experiences,
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and they interpret ambitious stimuli as threatening, leading to more fear driven decisions.
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In people with dissociative disorder, certain parts are compelled to focus on the perception of danger.
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Living in trauma-time, these dissociative parts
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immediately perceive the present as being just “like the past” .
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and emergency emotions such as fear, rage, or terror are immediately evoked,
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which compel impulsive decisions to engage in defensive behaviors (freeze, flight,flight, or collapse).
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When parts of you are triggered,
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more rational and grounded parts may be overwhelmed and unable to make effective decisions.”
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