Memories of previous traumas can surface in all relationships.
Those reliving them may feel as if they are happening again in the present. They may mentally regress to the age they were when the trauma occurred. From that more powerless perspective, they are more likely to feel the original fear, immobilization, and hopelessness of the original trauma.
Unexplored and untreated, recurring traumas can destroy even the best of relationships. Fortunately, there are ways to heal these interactions, if one partner is willing to participate, the other will join in or simply fall away.