Can Child Abuse Really Cause Someone To Live In Fight Mode As An Adult?


When children are mistreated by their parents, it can have a huge impact on the way they view the world and themselves from an early age. And when that happens, it can have consequences that go beyond childhood – which isn’t surprising given what we know about how memory works. In this article, you’ll learn how child abuse can affect a child’s brain development, and how it might cause them to live in fight mode as an adult.


Physical child abuse is a very serious and damaging thing. It can make a person feel so bad about themselves that they lose the ability to trust other people, form healthy relationships, or live without fear of being abused again. However, not every person who has been abused as a child goes on to abuse others in turn. When this does happen it’s not always because the victim is trying to get back at their abuser; sometimes it’s because the victim has never learned how to live in peace and safety, and feels that violence is the only way they can protect themselves. Other times it’s because they were never taught anything better by their abuser and they don’t know any other way.

What is child abuse?

Child abuse is when an adult or older child hurts a child. It can be neglect, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Neglect is not giving the child food, clothing, shelter or medical care.

Physical abuse is hitting or other acts that hurt a child’s body. Sexual abuse involves touching a child for sexual purposes or forcing a child to touch someone else for sexual purposes. Emotional abuse is when an abusive person says and does things to make the victim feel bad about themselves and/or their situation. This type of behavior may include constantly criticizing the victim and telling them they are worthless and have no value