Clutter as a Trauma Response after Narcissistic Abuse


I recently came across this article about clutter as a trauma response. I thought, “Why not explain clutter in the context of narcissistic abuse?” I always say recovery after narcissistic abuse is complex because it leaves you with complex trauma and a set of trauma responses. One such response is clutter. Now, you might be wondering, “What does clutter have to do with trauma?” That’s exactly what we are going to explore today, specifically in the context of narcissistic abuse.

Today’s article is going to be all about understanding how you develop clutter as a trauma response and how to resolve it. If that sounds interesting enough, and you’re eager to learn more, please make sure to subscribe before we begin because your subscription to the channel always helps spread awareness about narcissistic abuse.

The clutter that I’m referring to here could be the pile of clothes on your chair, the untouched paperwork on your desk, or even the chaotic jumble of thoughts that seem to have taken over your mind. These are all direct and, at times, silent consequences of surviving narcissistic abuse. When we talk about clutter, it’s not just about physical mess or disorganization. No, it is a sign of something far deeper, something that echoes the intense struggle you have endured. It is a testament to a silent war fought between the closed doors of your past with a narcissist. This brings us to a crucial cognitive concept: executive functioning.

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