Many people with trauma experience intense dysregulated anger and other dysregulated emotional states. During these moments, traumatized people often feel they have little control and feel shame after coming back to emotional homeostasis. I'm a trauma therapist in Oakland, CA and though I know next to nothing about comic books, I think Dr. Jacob Ham's metaphor using The Hulk is perfect for describing what a lot of trauma survivors experience.
The Hulk Metaphor may especially resonate with people who identify as having borderline personality disorder or as highly sensitive people. When working with traumatized individuals who have difficulty regulating their feelings I integrate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, parts work, and trauma processing.
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