Conflict and psychological trauma
Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a traumatic event. When that trauma leads to post-traumatic stress disorder, damage may involve physical changes inside the brain and to brain chemistry, which damage the person's ability to adequately cope with stress (170).
Conflict is a mental struggle between opposing or incompatible impulses, desires, or tendencies. (170) It arises from the simultaneous operation of opposing impulses, drives, external–environmental or internal demands.
The mental struggle, either conscious or unconscious is resulting from the simultaneous presence of opposing or incompatible thoughts, ideas, goals, or emotional forces, such as impulses, desires, or drives.
The arousal of such opposite forces and the inability to resolve them lead to conflicts and stress.
In psychoanalysis, the unconscious emotional struggle between the demands of the id and those of the ego and superego or between the demands of the ego and the restrictions imposed by society lead to approach-approach conflict, approach-avoidance conflict, avoidance-avoidance conflict, extrapsychic conflict, and intrapsychic conflict.
Extrapsychic conflict (a conflict between the self and the environment) is an emotional conflict that usually occurs when one's inner needs and desires do not coincide with the restrictions of the environment or society.
Intrapsychic conflict (between forces within the personality) is an emotional clash of opposing impulses within oneself, such as the id versus the ego or the ego versus the superego.
Approach-approach conflict (double-approach conflict) is a conflict resulting from the simultaneous presence of two or more incompatible impulses, desires, or goals, each of which is desirable.
Approach-avoidance conflict is a conflict resulting from the presence of a single goal or desire that is both desirable and undesirable.
Avoidance-avoidance conflict (double-avoidance conflict) is a conflict resulting from the confrontation of two or more alternative goals or desires that are equally aversive and undesirable (170).
An intrapersonal conflict characterized by both attraction towards and repulsion from something.
Therapy can often help with finding the root of your conflict.
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