The Locus of Control Shift; An Illusion of Control And Protection

The Trauma Model is a comprehensive, scientifically testable theory of the relationship between psychological trauma and a wide range of different disorders, addictions, and self-defeating behaviors.

As a fellow of Healing Springs Ranch, Colin Ross M.D. developed the principles and techniques of his Trauma Model Therapy (TMT) to treat people with trauma-related disorders including complex PTSD, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, borderline personality disorder, substance use disorder, panic disorder, OCD, eating disorders and somatoform disorders.

The Trauma Model is a comprehensive, scientifically testable theory of the relationship between psychological trauma and a wide range of different disorders, addictions, and self-defeating behaviors.

The Locus of Control Shift illusion

Within the Trauma Model Therapy, Dr. Ross addresses the locus of control shift. When people have been physically, emotionally, or sexually abused, they often place the locus (center) of control for the abuse on themselves. Often, the abuser promotes this idea, that the abuse is the fault of the abused as well. This illusion helps the victim, by allowing them to avoid feelings of helplessness, vulnerability, and powerlessness in the face of their abuse by “being bad”. With the locus of control shift, if the abuse is happening because “I am bad” there is the hope that if “I am not bad”, the abuse will stop. This illusion creates a protective mechanism, but when generalized across all life aspects, the victim experiences a cycle of bad feelings, self-hate, negative self-talk, and destructive relationships. At Healing Springs Ranch, our Integrated Treatment Model helps to reverse the locus of control shift and to place the anger and blame where it belongs on the abuser. This process initially leaves survivors feeling exposed and vulnerable, but eventually leads to self-acceptance, self-worth, grieving, and healing.

Healing Springs Ranch offers a complete lifestyle transformation for the most successful recovery. Call Healing Springs Ranch at 866-647-4606 to overcome these issues in a safe way.

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