Rumination, the perseverance of “what if…” thoughts, contributes to the failure to reconcile interminable guilt, widening the discrepancy between the ought self and actual. When returning from combat, the veteran is more apt to become more avoidant and less intimate with their significant other because they hold more negative thoughts about themselves, as a result of their altered self-appraisal. Inefficient memory encoding, rumination and the heightened difference existing between the ought self and the actual self contribute to relationship dissatisfaction and negative self-appraisal. This book will discuss how these factors enhance the salience of guilt, self-blame and hopelessness in combat veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder and the implications of such behavior in romantic relationships.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Hendrix College, Coral A.J. Gibson is fascinated by topics in neuroscience and psychology that address how people perceive and are perceived by their social surrounding. Coral graduated with the Class of 2015 with Honors and a Distinction in Allied Health. She is an avid researcher who wants to make a difference in the world by helping others see just what is going on in the brain of themselves and those they come in contact with. Coral married her sweetheart, David Gibson, in May of 2017. This is her first publication, and Coral is already preparing an expanded version to be released near the end of 2017.