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Trauma occurs when stress exceeds an individual’s containment capacity. Physiological (i.e. emotional) energy breaks through the emotional containment of the self and splits off to create what is known as the trauma vortex. Incomplete responses to the traumatic situation (fight, flee, freeze, orient) are locked in the trauma vortex and contribute to the continued erosion of containment. Subsequent traumas are evoked by and contribute to these frozen response patterns.