It’s very interesting reading the differences in hyper vigilance between a combat soldier and a complex trauma survivor.
A combat soldier’s hyper vigilance will be all about the environment and can affect driving – as the trauma they endured was related specifically to this.
As a complex trauma survivor having severe, multiple, interpersonal trauma/abuse, my hyper vigilance is about environment – but so much more than that.
My main hyper vigilance is about people – and the constant need to work people out, looking for danger from people and constantly assessing their mood, tone of voice, body language, is what they are saying, conflicting with something else?
Hyper vigilance is about far more than environment and it is something I do and have done since childhood.
Hyper vigilance, and the constant need to assess people as well as environment, is as much of what I do instinctively, as breathing.
I don’t know any other way, I don’t have a pre-trauma me.
But, it is also so skilled, it is
accurate discernment and I pick up red flags
in people’s behaviour and
heart motives with skilled accuracy.
I know some people, more than they know themselves. My husband says I know him better than he knows himself.
I consider hyper vigilance a gift – it kept me alive and it kept me from permanent damage and it has been very useful, in working out people recently.
Yes hyper vigilance is exhausting, but it has it’s uses, so I look at it as a positive in my life.
I wouldn’t be here now, if my hyper vigilance wasn’t so highly skilled.
It is good to look at the positives of some things, rather than focus on the negative.
I praise God for hyper vigilance and I know it kept me alive.