(Posted by Cathy DuBois) In this fourth Blog in the series on our search for living in a more conscious way, I have introduced the concept of “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the workplace.” Please read my last 3 Blogs to catch-up with our discussion. Since becoming more conscious means that we are noticing how we live, who we can trust, and how we have been effected by our choices we need to understand this topic more deeply. So let’s take a look at the third point for this series as I tell you how working has effected my mental health:
Bosses and Supervisors can be effected with PTSD and just pass it along by making other people their scapegoats.
Since most people have had experiences that were frightening or painful physically, PTSD can happen to everyone to some degree just by living. Traumatic stress is a normal reaction to things like car accidents, violent crime and natural disasters. Some countries also have this stress in forms of shootings, wars and terrorist attacks. America suffered greatly as a country from the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers in New York City. Even if we are not directly involved in these incidents, we get to see and hear them over and over on the TV or Internet. We feel shocked, terrorized, and unsafe after such exposure to traumatic stress.
Many people who manage others have these issues. Policeman, fireman, active military and veterans all accumulate these constant psyche wounds. People who were physically and emotionally abused as children carry similar warlike wounds. This has been proven beyond any doubt. Anyone can suffer from PTSD. It is also a well established fact that if the wounds are not healed then they, like any wound, will continue to fester and will eventually cause emotion problems like fear, guilt, anger and shame. Physical problems such as stomach aches, cold sweats, racing thoughts and pounding heart can manifest as well.
PTSD can manifest in behavior that will shock people who say “I have no idea why I said or did that. I don’t know where it came from.” If they ignore their feelings they don’t consciously begin healing their pain. And because it is painful to feel into this, people find it very convenient to just keep behaving in an unconscious manner and blame and shame everyone else when things go wrong. This makes for a toxic work environment.
I worked for several bosses who went to extreme lengths to justify their decisions and behaviors by acting out their unconscious self-hate on their workforce. PTSD does cause one to hate oneself for being weak and afraid and since the nervous system can get “stuck” reliving some event of the past, and placing that event onto the present, it is hard to move beyond it. These encounters leave workers with more stress of their own to deal with as well as wondering what is wrong with their boss.
We will continue this discussion of PTSD in the Workplace on the next Blog, so be sure and sign up with your email so you don’t miss a thing.
In this Blog series, I will be explaining to you how these 7 things have impacted my working life and how you can spot when this process is affecting yours. If you are working with others it will affect you at some point. This is an interesting and much needed discussion. Traumatized people pretty much run the world. If you have noticed this at all, then this discussion will help you understand how that came to be and what must happen for it to stop impacting our ability to awaken and grow fully conscious. I will offer some personal experiences I have lived through that will help you understand this topic so you can easily apply this information to your own working life.
When you become
conscious that this is actually a process and not a destination, each new
revelation will be a challenge and not be so hard to process. If you would like me to help you navigate
this passage you are making, please contact me and we can start a dialog.
If this is new to you, get educated. But you better hurry up. If you need guidance to navigate through all of the psycho – behavior that you may run into, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can share links and websites I believe in and follow. I am available to teach you about boundaries and give you some life-skills to help you cope. Don’t allow disrespectful people to control your life’s path.
New energies are now flooding Gaia, our beautiful planet. They are also blessing us with the ability to quickly go beyond all that has been holding us back IF that is where we want to go. So please decide you want to be free to live in peace and contribute your love and light to all.
This is the New Gaia and is the home of the Creator Beings. Practice it, think about it and let go of the past. It is time to chose who you want to be and consciously be that now. If you want more guidance on this important topic stay tuned for more resources.
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Author Notes: Cathy DuBois is a healer, teacher, coach and Dr. of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
She is a published author and seeker of truth. Visit her website at www.tripleheart.co