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Dr. James S. Gordon: “Here Are 5 Things You Need To Do To Become a Great Author”

The main empowering lesson is that trauma is going to come to all of us sooner or later. If it doesn’t come early in our lives, which it does to so many of us — so many Americans, and not just marginalized or economically disadvantaged people, but also middle and upper middle class people, have experienced what we now call “adverse childhood experiences” or ACES; and as many as one-quarter or one-fifth of US children have been sexually abused. There is this early life trauma. Then, there’s the trauma that comes from our families’ histories, especially if we’re members of groups that have been marginalized or discriminated against — which includes most of us here in the United States — where we’ve all come to escape from some kind of tyranny or famine, or, most benignly, to “find a better life.” We have to deal with the injustices our ancestors have experienced and how they may have inhibited us or made us ashamed of ourselves. Then, there’s the trauma of just living life — of feeling left out or bullied, of disappointing love affairs, rejections by colleges and jobs and our peers. Then, later in life there are divorces that come to at least half of those of us who get married, and the serious and potentially fatal illnesses that may come to any of us. And, whether or not we’ve faced these challenges, trauma will come toward the end of life as we deal with the inevitables of physical frailty, the loss of others dear to us, and our own impending death. All of us will experience trauma.

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