Self-regulation or self-control in relation to trauma is defined as efforts (conscious or unconscious) to adapt to the increased stress and accompanying consequences through actions taken by the person with or without the assistance of others. Self-regulation is the ability to control one's emotions, behavior, and body functions to the desired outcome on a daily basis. This entry discusses self-regulation as it relates to trauma, including self-regulation theory (SRT) and repression and dissociation.

Another form of self-regulation, but at a larger, macro systemic level, is self-policing. Similar to self-regulation, self-policing is the process whereby a profession, organization, group, or company assumes the responsibility (in contrast to laws and regulations forcing such behavior) for monitoring its own adherence to the standards of the community it serves or ...

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