Traumatic events can generate lasting complex psychological states in the minds of the traumatised. These are states which persist in the psyche and memory and which are then evoked, triggered, and activated by chance events. Suddenly someone says something out of the blue which stirs old and unsettling memories which in their turn trip you back into unhappiness.
Are we destined always to be vulnerable to the unpredictable flare up of these states? Or might we find a way of creating and internalising a more benign therapeutic molecule which might help us, and apply the right kind of salve to the traumatised parts of ourselves?