By Peg Streep, PsychCentral, October 23, 2019
Not long ago, I got a rather plaintive message from a reader who wondered whether there was a connection between her own childhood experiences and her problems dealing with stress:
When I feel stressed or worried, it’s practically impossible for me to stay on an even keel; I am up most of the night, unable to shut off my brain, and all my worries seem to run on an endless loop. Of course, being sleep-deprived only makes me more anxious. How is this connected to my childhood? Is it?”
In fact, it is connected. One important result of insecure attachment in childhood is a deficit in the ability to manage negative emotions, and that turns out to be part of the problem. But additionally, research has revealed much about why certain people are so prone to repetitive thoughts, thanks to certain insights about the brain and unfinished business.