8 Signs of Childhood Emotional Trauma



Here’s a post about the invisible 8 Signs of Childhood Emotional Trauma. ⁠

What is emotional trauma and what can it stem from?⁠

Emotional trauma is when a child’s emotional needs are invalidated, dismissed, or unmet, leading to several responses to try and cope with it.

The source of emotional trauma can be several things, ranging from bullying, and abuse, to periods of instability in the family like separation and divorce, for example.⁠

Here are some pretty subtle signs that we don’t usually expect.

8 Signs of Childhood Emotional Trauma
8 Signs of Childhood Emotional Trauma

8 Signs of Childhood Emotional Trauma

1. Hypersensitivity to people’s emotions:

This is because you had to be a good judge of adults’ emotions in order to feel safe.

2. An urge to relive the trauma:

Some people relive their trauma through replaying memories or visiting old people/places either because they feel safe in them or because they’re trying to figure out a way to overcome it.

3. Inability to deal with conflict maturely:

Trauma can create an urge to ‘surrender’ during conflict even when we’re in the right, or some people go all in and seek to destroy the other person because they never had the chance to fight back before.

4. A higher level of care and empathy:

Not all traumatized people are empaths, of course, but many people with trauma become caring, and validating and are praised for being good listeners because they don’t want others to go through what they went through.

5. Nightmares, sleep paralysis, and night terrors:

These are remnants of the times we felt powerless and scared as we are the most vulnerable when we are sleeping. Our body forcing us awake can thus be seen as a way to guard ourselves.

6. Skill and memory regression:

When our brain is forced to be in survival mode during our growing years, it may impact our ability to learn and memorize things, causing us to forget skills or find it hard to learn.

7. Issues with forming connections with others:

Folks with trauma are more likely to be lonely because they tend to distrust others more, and also because forming relationships requires time and energy that they struggle to give even to themselves.

8. Overreactions to minor inconveniences:

Being punished for minor things as a child can result in ‘big’ reactions whenever the smallest thing seems out of place. Another sign of this is over-explaining yourself when it’s not needed.


The first thing to remember if you have trauma is to be kind to yourself. Comparing yourself to others isn’t good when they weren’t limited by their past, as you are.

Next, give yourself permission to accept your trauma and understand that you are safe now. You don’t have to rely on your defense mechanisms anymore, and a trauma-informed therapist can help you with that.

Signs of Childhood Emotional Trauma
Signs of Childhood Emotional Trauma


So in This Post, I Discuss 8 Signs of Childhood Emotional Trauma. What other points can you think of/have experienced? Let me know in the comments.

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