Too Scared To Cry: Psychic Trauma In Childhood Quotes.

1. "This is the difference between traumatic memory and ordinary memory. Traumatic memory stays vivid."
- Lenore Terr, Too Scared To Cry: Psychic Trauma In Childhood

2. "Psychic numbing occurs when horrors are extreme, long-standing, variable, and repeated—in other words, when a state of horror becomes predictable."
- Lenore Terr, Too Scared To Cry: Psychic Trauma In Childhood

3. "The themes of trauma—man's helplessness, the world's randomness, and ugly, unexpected death—are difficult ones for a person to express in art."
- Lenore Terr, Too Scared To Cry: Psychic Trauma In Childhood

4. "Often children would rather put together some made-up reasons for tragedies and feel guilty about these made-up causalties than experience the humiliation of being victims to the world's randomness."
- Lenore Terr, Too Scared To Cry: Psychic Trauma In Childhood

5. "Why does the nature of the traumatic event exert so much influence over whether what happened will be remembered in words? It appears that sudden, fast events completely overcome any defenses that a small child can muster. Long-standing events, on the other hand, stimulate defensive operations—denial, splitting, self-anesthesia, and dissociation. These defenses interfere with memory formation, storage, and retrieval. When the defenses are completely overrun by one sudden, unanticipated terror, brilliant, overly clear verbal memories are the result. On the other hand, when the defenses are set up in advance in order to deal with the terrors the child knows to be coming, blurry, partial, or absent verbal memories are retained. The child may even develop blanket amnesia for certain years in the past."
- Lenore Terr, Too Scared To Cry: Psychic Trauma In Childhood

6. "When a child is traumatized, something more discrete and more specific happens than a general loss of capacity for love and work. An ever-present, ever-draining abscess forms. The child goes on living an ordinary life. But if something touches the traumatic "abscess," the child hurts."
- Lenore Terr, Too Scared To Cry: Psychic Trauma In Childhood

7. "There seems to be little cultural difference in this. The face of horror in childhood is grave and relatively immobile. It may look dazed, but it rarely looks hysterical."
- Lenore Terr, Too Scared To Cry: Psychic Trauma In Childhood

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