6 Subtle Ways Trauma Shows Up in Your Life

Jason Henry
5 min readMar 2, 2020
Photo by Ian Espinosa on Unsplash

I remembered a research paper I did back in the day about post-traumatic stress and if certain traumatic events were predictors of certain symptoms.

The result was that there was a link but not a very strong one. But it got me thinking about the less obvious ways that trauma rears its ugly head in our lives.

Trauma won’t always show up as panic attacks, nightmares, distressing flashbacks and feeling emotionally numb, so it is good to note the other ways trauma can manifest in our lives because if they go unchecked, they can slowly eat away at our quality of life.

1. Resistance

Perhaps the most common and understated way for trauma to show up is in our inner resistance and resentment to certain things and events in our lives.

An unwanted difficulty, a minor annoyance or something reminiscent of the past elicits a reaction that observers would deem a bit strong.

But deep down, a wound was touched and our subconscious recognized it.

What to do about it

Pay attention to what you are feeling and examine what occurred before the resistance came up. Remember that this is a subtle symptom of trauma so you might not be awesome at it initially. But with practice, you will be able to…



Jason Henry

Former Edu. Psychologist | Current Writer | Constant Learner | “By your stumbling the world is perfected.”