Hypervigilance – a protective part

Trauma survivors often develop protective parts that help them survive their trauma. One of these parts is called the Hypervigilant part.

The Hypervigilant part in Trauma survivors prevents them from spontaneously engaging in day-to-day life without triggering the “alarm system” of the brain.

If this is you, start by noticing when your Hypervigilant part becomes activated in the present moment. Create a space of curiosity and compassion within you. Ask this part the following questions:

What is its intention?

What has it helped you survive?

What would it take for this part to relax?

In what ways is it hindering your growth now?

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