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Ivan Lugo Expos 101 Manjusha Nair September 27, 2007 Trauma and the Mind Oliver Sacks, author of the essay The Mind’s Eye: What the Blind See , seeks to explain how the individual shapes his or her own brain. He asks “to what extent are we-- our experiences, our reactions—shaped, pre-determined, by our brains, and to what extent do we shape our own brains?” (Sacks, 474). To this question, Martha Stout, author of When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday , uses people with dissociative disorder to suggest that some individuals are products of their brain, and are unable to control it. Sacks also suggests in his essay that people may be able to control their brain and their way of thinking. Both cases are correct, because people choose how they shape their own minds. Free choice is available in every human being, and everyone uses that to shape how they think and view the world. However, when people have hard lives in their childhood, making the decision of how to shape their minds becomes more difficult. Stout’s studies show that people who have had harsh experiences in their early life have a harder time controlling their minds. The more traumatized the individual is, the harder it will be to control his or her own brain. They also show that people are creators and victims of their own minds. In the world, everyone has the ability to exercise free will in order to prevent themselves from falling victim to their own mind; however, when a person becomes traumatized, exercising that free will can be more difficult.
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When a person experiences trauma in their lives, exercising the free will to control the mind can be harder to accomplish. Stout studied patients who had great trauma in their lives, which is why her patients could not control their own mind. One of Stout’s patients was Julia, who experienced great trauma in her early childhood. Julia’s parents would abuse her, and Julia would escape her stressful reality by dissociating. Julia, in her later years, could not control her mind at all because of her traumatic experiences during her childhood. Julia dissociates from reality, and often forgets what she did for days at a time. If Julia had led a better life in her childhood, she would have
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