“So far, in this book, I have looked at how trauma disrupts and fragments our experience of our internal wholeness, and our openness and connection with our environment. I have defined trauma as any event that is too overwhelming, too painful, or too confusing for us to fully experience and to remain present to with our whole body, heart, and mind….I described how we constrict our body against the impact of trauma, binding within these constrictions the memories and emotions of the traumatic events. We also constrict our body in order to suppress behaviors, such as crying or expressing anger, that might evoke traumatic encounters with other people. We constrict ourselves in order to mirror the patterns of defense and openness of our parents and to comply with parental demands, such as not to be ’so smart’ or to be less active or noisy. And we harden ourselves into shapes that compensate for the limitations caused by these constrictions, for example, by jutting out our chest to mimic power when we have constricted and diminished our actual power.