“High-Stress Childhood” Linked With Troubling Lack of Brain Activity Around RISK Perception (Which Explains a LOT).

Well, it’s what we suspected all along…

A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that stress from childhood is linked with a diminished awareness of looming risk or punishment, and higher than normal emotional reactions to the consequences. This confirms a lot of stuff we’ve been saying here at Crappy Childhood Fairy. And it points to solutions.

You can see an article about the study (that links to the study) here.

If you want to see the video where I teach the technique referenced for calming an emotional overreaction, you can see it here.

Later this week I’ll be talking about “The Underdog Effect” — the repeating cycle of habits, poor judgment and distorted thinking that can trap us in the effects of childhood PTSD. If you want to be sure to see that video when it’s released, be sure to follow this blog! You’ll get an e-mail whenever a new post is published.

Thanks for reading (and watching)!



By |2018-02-16T12:00:49+00:00December 12th, 2017|2 Comments

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I'm the author of the Crappy Childhood Fairy blog, which offers advice based on my own experience and reading. I live with my husband and kids, and run a small business in the San Francisco Bay Area.


  1. El December 19, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Oh, this study — yes, it ‘splains a lot. In today’s social media parlance, omg it me.
    See my blog for details ;D. In fact, I was in the middle of writing a three-part post about the time my husband and I quit our jobs, sold our house, and moved back to our hometown without first securing permanent gainful employment (and the trouble that ensued ….) when I happened across this study last week. I suppose it helps me feel less like an idiot for some of my questionable decisions …. And I appreciate that you refer to the brain changes caused by a crappy childhood as a “disability” — I’d never thought of it that way before. A good thing is the disability can be overcome through self-awareness and help from others.

  2. El December 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Also, you mentioned urgency as a warning that this sort of risk-taking might be about to occur – yes, indeedy, some of my biggest bad decisions have happened when I was feeling nearly panicked about the need to do something NOW. Thanks for helping me see that.

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