We often think of trauma as being caused by something “big” like war, poverty, conscious neglect, a car accident, divorce, death or severe abuse but the reality is that trauma isn't an experience or a story; it's the energy left behind. Trauma is unexpressed energy held in the body that can cause a wide range of interference in our lives. It can prevent us from having meaningful relationships; unexpressed energy can create chronic pain, cause anxiety and exacerbate depression.
Ways in which energy can be left unexpressed:
Emotional Retardation: If we were punished as children for expressing our emotions our nervous system learned it was unsafe to express and therefore we learned to shut down and suppress causing our emotional capacity to be stunted.