Chronically traumatized individuals can suffer from a form of dissociation known as structural dissociation. Structural dissociation causes the inability to regulate emotions and a chronic feeling of emptiness within, and is possibly misdiagnosed as a personality disorder called BPD. (Borderline personality disorder)
Trauma, dissociation, and the chronic freeze response.
Humans operate on many levels simultaneously, and not all of these levels are in our conscious awareness, many of our beliefs, actions, and reactions are operating on autopilot and we never reflect on the fact that there even is a process behind the scenes. Things we never think about is, for example, how we breathe, or how we beat our hearts.