Some Neurobiological Correlates of the Structure and Psychodynamics of Dissociated Self-States
The neurophysiology of self-states is a complex and fascinating subject that is in its infancy. Regardless, there is hope that an understanding of the physiologic basis of self-states, combined with our already existing more developed knowledge of psychodynamics, will eventually lead us to craft an even more powerful approach to treatment. In this chapter, I explore ways in which our increasing knowledge base of the neural processes related to dissociative experience can support our potential for healthy living and potentially improve the psychotherapy of the chronic complex trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the dissociative disorders. First, I focus on how a traumatic experience is processed in the brain. In the second part of this chapter, I focus more on the importance of depersonalization and hypoarousal and ways that different physiological organizations of self may develop, including DID.