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In Jordan peele's new movie us the beach scene was the perfect depiction of a trauma

2019-03-28

Response so in this video we're gonna break down that scene discuss trauma so maybe you can learn a little bit about your own experience or you might be able to help someone that you know what is up everybody this is Chris from the rewired soul where we talk about the problem but focus on the solution and if you're new to my channel my channel is all about mental health and what I like to do is pull it with topics from movies TV shows music and all sorts of other stuff to try to teach you how to improve your mental and emotional well-being so the ending that stuff make sure you subscribe and ring that notification bell so yeah in this video we're going to be talking about childhood trauma and trauma the way it was depicted in the movie us and kind of explained it a little bit further and deeper and just before we get started quick disclaimer if you're new to my channel I am NOT a licensed therapist I am somebody who has worked in the mental health field I love to read books and educate myself about mental health but if you are somebody struggling with trauma or you know somebody who is check out in the description below there's gonna be some resources alright so anyways yeah I want to focus on the beach scene as well as another scene so if you haven't seen the movie there is like a very minor minor spoiler that I'm going to be talking about in this video but whatever it's not that huge of a thing okay so anyways yeah so let's talk about leading up to the beach scene so Adelaide played by lupita nyongo when Adelaide was a young girl and she got separated from her parents at Santa Cruz Beach and she went aside you know the little mirror funhouse place and she saw her doppelganger and it traumatized her and she didn't speak after that well when she's older and she's married to Gabe and they have their own kids and they're going on their little vacation they decide or oh I'd let gets talked into going back to Santa Cruz Beach all right well before they actually went Adelaide was like trying to make every excuse there is not to go to that Beach and talking to Gabe Gabe kind of guilt trip there and they end up going to the beach and in a minute I'm gonna talk about avoidance of trauma survivors many ways they go to the beach and Adelaide is sitting there and you know she has her eyes on Jason who's over there building little tunnels and uh in the sand and stuff like that but did she lose sight of them so the first thing I want to talk about is like Jordan Peele the way he wrote and was directing this scene was absolutely amazing like so I'm somebody who has been diagnosed with a generalized anxiety disorder so I can just go into anxiety just at random times even sometimes we're not triggered and I remember sitting there watching the movie and when Adelaide was you know experiencing her trauma response of being back at that Beach he Jordan Peele managed to manage to capture that perfectly right just like the hyper focusing on everything and all of your senses just completely aroused like if you're somebody who struggles with anxiety like you know exactly what I mean like you know it showed like the birds flying away and then like kids like laughing and playing and then you knows people talking to her and Adelaide is just kind of like just in like this this defense mode right just like ready for anything and I thought he did an excellent excellent job so then when Adelaide realizes that Jason's missing she freaks out runs off finds him and she's like kind of shakes them I don't do that don't do that right so what we're gonna be talking about is what actually happens like and why that scene was so good and and and it explains what a trauma response is actually like so first off let's talk about the neuroscience what's happening in the brain when it comes to a trauma response okay so anybody who's been through a traumatic experience so I will be referencing one of my favorite books on trauma which is this one right here and it's called on your brain by dr. faith Harper amazing amazing book I'll link it down to the description below but anyways so when you or anybody else experiences a trauma it doesn't matter what age you are alright so this could be childhood trauma it can happen your teenage years it can happen when you're an adult whatever it is what happens is is when that traumatic experience happens it knocks your brain all right some of you have been around my channel for a while let's do the hand bottle as a brain real quick from dr. Daniel J Siegel alright so anyways so if you put your hand up like this alright this is you know your spinal cord this is your brainstem if you fold your thumb over this part right here is the amygdala and this little part of your thumb that is called the hippocampus fold your fingers over you got your prefrontal cortex so basically when a trauma happens this part right here is the amygdala as well as the hippocampus those are part of the limbic system ok the limbic system is your most developed part of the brain and it is for your survival all right so as you can see that the hippocampus and the amygdala are tied in together the hippocampus is responsibility is to store memories ok then the amygdala is the part of your brain that is part of your fight flight or freeze response so when a trauma happens so for example when Adelaide was at that beach as a young girl and she experiences a trauma that rocked into her hippocampus which is tied into the amygdala so basically what happens is later on in life since that has been burned into your memory and your brain wants to protect you if anything triggers it which can be sights sounds smells you know whatever it is then your amygdala its hijacked it goes into this uber uber survival mode right so when you see a delayed at that Beach basically what's happening is that her amygdala is just in full force alright so when you're experiencing any type of anxiety or panic or whatever it is your your your body changes all right you get adrenaline pumping your blood pressure goes up your pupils change you might sweat so anyways in dr. Faith Harper's book she talks about what's happening or why people you know may avoid trauma and things like that so she talks about arousal the amygdala is always wearing its crazy pants and you find yourself freaked out when you shouldn't be or don't want to be you may or may not know why but your brain may process something it considers a threat that you aren't even cognizant of and all of a sudden you are falling apart in the middle of the grocery store or in a delayed situation she was falling apart in the middle of the beach right so then it says avoidance you find yourself avoiding things that trigger arousal grocery store was bad I can order my groceries online really don't need to leave the house for groceries right so that's what I was talking about with the earlier scene with Gabe when Adelaide was trying to avoid going to the beach altogether and talking about you know going to the beach at there already you know all those things so people who experience trauma they may want to avoid places that they know are going to be triggering for them intrusion thoughts images memories related to the trauma experience start shoving their way up the things that your brain was protecting you from don't actually go away and they start bubbling to the surface without your consent or willingness this isn't the same as rumination where you worry over a bad memory intentionally but when stuff shows up when least expected and you can't manage everything that is building up then lastly it says negative thoughts and feelings with all this other stuff going on is it any wonder that you never just feel good or even just okay all right so there's a lot going on for people who have experienced trauma and trauma like something that dr. faith Harper does a great job in this book with is she told you how trauma is a different experience for everybody and that's one of the things just that we need to learn about trauma in general is that everybody's trauma is different okay like something that might be traumatic for one person would it be traumatic for another person and it's kind of like a dick move to be like oh no that wasn't that bad right to minimize their experience you know what I mean or like with when gatekeeping happens like oh you didn't have trauma I had trauma you know what I mean it is completely based on that person's experience and the way their brain processes that event for some people for example like twelve mccann be somebody they know you know passing away right or hearing of an accident like a car accident or something like that I'm thinking about doing a video about that because I live in Las Vegas and you know just a couple of years ago less than a couple years ago we had you know one of the biggest math students in history here and a lot of people in my city struggled with trauma even though they weren't actually at that event so I might do a video on how stuff like that happens and like there's there's some studies out there and stories about people who were affected by 9/11 who were nowhere even near you know the twin towers so the next seem and last thing I want to talk about with this was when Adelaide opened up to Gabe that night about her trauma and like what actually happened and she was telling him that like that was an example of what you don't do if somebody opens up to you about their trauma okay so dr. faith helped her in her book she actually has a section on this titled what if I love someone with a serious trauma history so I'm just gonna read a small passage from this it says this is not your battle you don't get to design the parameters you don't get to determine what makes something better and what makes something worse no matter how well you know someone you don't know their inner processes they may not even know their inner processes if you know someone well you may know a lot but you aren't the one operating that life telling someone what they should be doing feeling or thinking won't help even if you are right even if they do what you say you have just taken away their power to do the work they need to do to take charge of their life there are limits to how much better they can really be if they are continually rescued by you so in this instance like in the movie in us like Gabe is hiking to Adelaide and you know he tries to joke about it you know you could see the looks on his face which you know she takes a and all of that this is often why like if you have a loved one who went through trauma like try to like try to encourage them to get help or let them know that you're there to talk so lastly what I'll talk about is if you or someone you know is dealing with trauma here's what should be done okay get help there's nothing wrong with getting help even if you are an adult now there's something that you experience a long time ago if you notice that is negatively affecting your life get help there are many many many different therapies that are excellent for trauma survivors all right like talk therapy is great there's something called EMDR therapy which is great alright there's things like cognitive behavioral therapy and a wide assortment science for some people peer support groups can be very beneficial for example veterans like at the treatment center I was working out we got a lot of veterans as well as first responders like you know talking about you know the loss of negative shooting that happened and things like that we had a lot of people who were first responders who came into our treatment center who developed an addiction as a result of their trauma and you know they had groups where they would talk to each other because it there's this comfort and being around people who get it and understand what you've been through alright in some you know treatment aspects there's like group therapy sessions where it's kind of like you know that peer support aspect but it's being facilitated by a licensed professional so if you need help all right one of the first steps that I recommend is talk to your doctor talk to your primary care physician see if they can recommend anybody if you have health insurance call your insurance company see what kind of therapists they work with or even psychologists or psychiatrists within your network like look into that check reviews and like you can also see if if the person you're going to work with specializes in certain forms of mental illness such as PTSD okay if you are somebody who is looking for online therapy there is a link down below it's an affiliate link so I'm an affiliate of better help online therapy so if that's an option that you like to try out clicker tap on that link down below and basically what that means is that you get affordable online therapy working with a licensed therapist and a little bit goes back to support the channel alright but there are options out there if you are a loved one of somebody who's experienced in trauma something that I just recommend is like read books educate yourself learn about these things see what they're going through like for example like I said this book by dr. faith Harper is gonna be linked down in the description below like just educate yourself about this there's a lot of stuff in here that will help you learn how to help someone you love who is recovering from trauma alright but anyways if you saw the movie on its like let me know like what your thoughts were how they depicted like you know not even just 12 it but just anxiety as a whole alright but that's all I got for this video if you like this video please give it a thumbs up if you make sure you subscribe and ring that notification bell because I make a ton of videos and a huge huge thank you to everybody supporting the channel over on patreon you are all amazing and I will be recording the patreon Q&A this week and if you'd like to become a patron get involved in our monthly Q&A and all that good stuff click the talk right there alright thanks so much 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