The care of the traumatized self. Consciusness, neuroscience and treatment

Series of three video lectures on the topic of trauma and its consequences on consciousness.


A traumatic experience often leads to a drastic alteration in the dimensions of consciousness: time, thought, body and emotion, and intersubjectivity. Although such alterations may prove adaptive in coping with the traumatic event, they can often lead to terrible difficulties in the aftermath of the trauma.

How to recognize such trauma-related alterations? What can predict the occurrence of altered states of consciousness? Does the self emerge through the integrated experience of these four dimensions of consciousness? How can we effectively intervene to overcome such altered states of consciousness and how are these changes represented in the mind, brain, and body?

People with severe and chronic trauma-related psychological disorders often manifest various forms of distress and dissociation, such as PTSD and dissociative disorders. This lecture course describes a new five-dimensional model of trauma-related dissociation (5-D Model) to classify post-traumatic stress symptoms, whether they are inherently dissociative in nature or not, to reflect the five dimensions in the form of both trauma-related altered states of consciousness (TRASC) and normal consciousness in waking state (CNV).

The 5-D model was developed by referring to phenomenological and neuropsychological studies of altered states of consciousness. In essence, this model describes clinically relevant symptoms along dimensions that belong to the sphere of time, thought, body and emotions in normal waking states of consciousness and trauma-related altered states of consciousness.

Typical manifestations of TRASC include: flashbacks, hearing voices, depersonalization and emotional numbing. In this theory, the authors emphasize the importance of the 5-D model and recommend its use in the assessment and treatment process of people with trauma-related disorders.


Introduction to trauma and the dimension of time
Ruth Lanius
Durata Modulo
6h 00m
The dimension of thought and body: clinical and neurobiological insights
Ruth Lanius
The dimension of emotions and intersubjectivity: clinical and neurobiological insights
Ruth Lanius
Ruth Lanius
Ruth Lanius, MD, Phd, Professor of Psychiatry is the director of the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, services specializing in the treatment and… continua
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