The Impact of Past Trauma on Our Personality

Updated: Sep 18, 2019


Our personality is created by our emotional experiences. If we don’t let-go of emotional upsets and traumatic events or heal them then our emotional past is brought forward into our future. This is how our emotional past - literally creates our emotional future.


I have many years of working in Clinic with clients who have emotional based health concerns. I also have years of my own emotional healing. From this I have come to see that when negative, emotional events happen in our life, they can be held onto and significantly impact our future happiness and overall health.

Can you think of a situation where this may have happened in your life?

Maybe your partner left you, and since then you just haven't felt yourself?

Or, maybe you experienced emotional trauma as a child, such as sexual abuse, that resulted in you thinking all men are dangerous and out to get you?

Or maybe you got fired from a job and your confidence has never quite been the same since?

The reality is that all of us experience emotional setbacks and/or trauma in our life. Some of us are able to feel the pain, let it go, heal and then move on and some of us aren't. This article is particularly pertinent for the latter.


For people who aren't able to heal from a strong emotional event their life path often gets diverted. Instead of being able to do and be the person they want to be their emotional world rules their life.

When a negative event happens in life it creates an emotional response, this is completely natural and normal. After each event, there is a refractory peri