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Dissociative Behavior

Dissociative children often have secret places in their minds where they go when over-whelmed… Typically they are zones of vivid, experiential fantasy without strong reality constraints.  When a dissociative child enters into one of these fantasy states, observers note that the child has behaviorally ‘shut down’ and assumed a vacant, trance-like stare.  The child may curl up in a fetal position or rhythmically self-soothe by rocking, stroking, or bumping.  These kinds of behaviors, which are sometimes misinterpreted as psychotic or autistic, can often be associated with specific triggers or events in the child’s life...

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