Common Emotional Responses Tension, Trails or Tribulations and Torment
Tension, Trails or Tribulations
The following information is taken from a paper published by Point Man International, called REVEILLE. It is a non-profit veteran’s Christian counselling organization dedicated to healing war wounds with the word of God. If you wish to contact them, write them at: Point Man Ministries, P.O. Box 267, Spring Brook, NY 14140. Their website is: http://pmim.org.
There are troubles, problems, distresses, miseries and difficulties we all must face, whether as an individual or particular group. Oftentimes, any one of these will come from or invade our environment. This can start with our family that focuses on race. Our surroundings, where we live, may be a location within a big city or small rural town, and the social and religious beliefs we have been raised with or a religion we have affiliation with.
I have shared on being adopted and my feelings after my birth mother left me. I have grown to know that it affected me deeply, and influenced my behaviour and responses throughout my life. As well, our financial and social status can affect us especially if we have been underprivileged or poverty-stricken; however, the opposite can be true if you come from an influential family.
These are places and things where Satan can attack us. One sense that can bring up those memories that seem to haunt us is sight. The trigger can be a familiar person, place or thing that elicits and produces emotions of being under attack, overwhelmed and other such feelings. Another sense that may allude to our traumas can be our smell, which can include food, animals, or any source that brings thoughts of being frightened, terrorized, or startled.
Another concern can be from being touched, which may include an accidental bumping by you or another person, or even happen in a crowded surrounding. Having a person of a particular sex touching you, even accidentally, can bring up those moments when you were violated. I did not react well to being in a crowd of people, I did not like being surrounded or closed in after being home from Vietnam.
Finally, when a car or truck back-fired, the noise caused me to shrink back or duck-down, as if someone was firing at me. I have shared on our thinking and thoughts, one preacher said, “What you focus on, you can become,” and I knew that was true for both positive and negative directions. Now we will look at veteran related responses, characteristics, statistics and emotions.