How to Deal with Dissociation
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When we’re presented with challenging circumstances it’s natural for us to cope with them through a wide variety of behaviors. Today Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore one of the most common coping mechanisms: dissociation. This includes what it is, the function it serves, the experiences that can lead to dissociation, and what we can do about it.

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Key Topics:

2:00: What is dissociation?

9:35: “Fragmentation and separation.”

11:45: Recovered and implanted memory.

17:45: Why do people dissociate?

22:10: Common symptoms of dissociation.

29:30: The risks of over-pathologizing. 

31:40: Coming into your own life. 

36:20: Growing self-worth as an antidote for dissociation. 

40:15: Challenges of mindfulness for dissociation.

43:00: Focusing on an aspect of experience. 

46:30: Enjoyment as a grounding experience. 

48:55: “Our nature is to be associated.”

51:30: Recap

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