Do you wonder sometimes why people act unreasonable and childish sometimes, often many times during a single day?
Childish reactions are the cause of most conflicts and relationship issues. This known as age regression. Many people don’t recognize it when they do it, and instead believe that they were provoked by other people or circumstances.
Our brains constantly scan our environments and compare our present experiences with our memories from the past. When something triggers our past memories, our brains check those memories for additional information, such as possible consequences and possible responses. If there are unresolved or intense emotions related to those memories, they also will be triggered.
You won’t be aware of those memories and the internal process of searching memories, but you will be aware of emotions that come out. Such emotions might make you react as if you were reacting to the past situation, not the present. You might lose awareness of your adult understanding and adult resources, and resort to behaviors you learned as a child.