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The Narcissistic Abuse & Trauma Recovery Podcast

May 31, 2022

Fight, flight and freeze are common trauma responses, but there’s a fourth called Fawn which is often experienced when dealing with a narcissist. These trauma responses are controlled by your nervous system and are typically out of your control, you will respond in the present based on what you have experienced in the past. So, in this episode, I discuss the science behind trauma responses and why this often uncontrollable reaction is designed to keep you safe.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Why we have trauma responses built into us and what causes them to be triggered
  • What the fawn trauma response is and the correlation to narcissistic abuse
  • How my nervous system reacted to narcissistic abuse

I break down how each trauma response works and how they impact your behaviour, from short term reactions to long term behaviour changes.

If you’re listening to this episode close to its release date, I would love to hear what questions you would like to hear me answer! In episode 100, I will be answering your questions! So, feel free to email me at with your questions and I’ll hopefully be able to answer them in my next episode.