Did you know?
We all have a window of tolerance, which is a zone of arousal within which one can function most effectively. This concept was originally developed by Dr. Dan Siegel. When one is within their window of tolerance, they can process information effectively and regulate their emotions, enabling them to make decisions without feeling overwhelmed or withdrawn.
Experiencing a traumatic event can narrow a person’s window of tolerance, where one may feel dysregulated in the face of stressful or triggering stimuli. One may experience anxiety, anger, depression, feelings of numbness or dissociation in response to even seemingly minor stressors.
Below is an infographic created by the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICAMB), USA to understand how the window of tolerance works.