Your Body Doesn’t Forget, So How Does It Remember Trauma?

We are wild animals. I mean that in every sense of the word. Our species took a winding evolutionary path to get here and picked up all kinds of nifty tricks along the way: immune systems that keep us safe, skin that grows calloused and hard in rough environments, and brains that are tuned to look for danger. As a result of all those years surviving in nature, our bodies evolved into complex, beautiful machines built for survival. Our relationship with trauma is rooted in those mechanisms.