Analysis of Developmental Trauma


  • Homayoun Shahri



complex dynamical systems, developmental trauma, neuroscience, object relations, polyvagal theory


In this paper, a model that attempts to integrate ego psychology, drive-conflict theory, somatic psychology, object relations, and self-psychology in analysis of developmental trauma, is presented. Latest findings of neuroscience are presented to support the proposed integrated model, and it is shown that, based on this model, character structure can be viewed as a result of developmental trauma. Formal definitions of emotions, feelings, and affects based on the theory of complex dynamical systems and energy exchange, as well as neuroscience are presented. The importance of shame in formation of developmental trauma is also discussed and supporting material from neuroscience is provided. The complementary nature of conflict psychology and psychology of the self, within the proposed integrated model, is discussed with implications to body psychotherapy in general and bioenergetic analysis in particular.

Author Biography

Homayoun Shahri

Homayoun Shahri (Ph.D., M.A.) is a marriage and family therapist – intern and currently practices in Irvine, CA, USA. Homayoun is a member of the Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (SCIBA), where he is working toward the completion of his CBT requirements. He completed the bioenergetic training program in the Florida Society for Bioenergetic Analysis, in 2009. Homayoun is on the peer review board of International Body Psychotherapy Journal (IBPJ).
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How to Cite

Shahri, H. (2022). Analysis of Developmental Trauma. Bioenergetic Analysis, 24(1), 41–62.