⇛ REPETITION COMPULSION ⇚
Repetition compulsion is the subconscious acting out of previous traumatic experiences over and over again. This concept was proposed by Freud in 1914, fast forward to today we often refer to this as self sabotage.
Repetition compulsion involves engaging in traumatic events or putting oneself in positions where the event will often happen again.
Freud theorized that traumatic repetition was a persons attempt to "master" the original trauma. This begs the question how can we master our trauma without delving into the depths of pain time and time again. This is where awareness, breath work and therapy come in handy!
SF Therapist, originally an East Coast native. I have been in the mental health field for 12 years. Check out my stories on Instagram at @therapywithcatharine!