[Paleopsych] What's the survival value of posttraumaticstressdisorder?
jvkohl at bellsouth.net
Tue May 17 04:24:39 UTC 2005
I've long thought that the link between PTSD and rape is olfactory. War
vets response triggered by smoke;
women's response triggered by the natural scent of a man--or event
associated odors: alcohol, etc. The natural
scent of a man can evoke chemical changes in reproductive hormone
levels, which would also affect personality.
The association with natural masculine scent is most likely to alter
intimacy with a rape victim's loving spouse/lover.
She will respond to him, unfortunately, as her traumatized body
responded to the rape.
I wonder how much you've heard, read about the olfactory connection--and
how much validity you think
there is to it.
Alice Andrews wrote:
> Steve wrote:
> Her chemistry will change, and depending on where she is
> developmentally (her life-history), her personality may actually
> change! (Pre, say, 25 years of age).
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