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We Are So Much More Than Our ACEs Scores: The Extraordinary Creative Capacities of Traumatized Children

by Holly Elissa Bruno
July/August 2022
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If you want to know where to find your contribution to the world, look at your wounds.
When you learn how to heal them, teach others. 
—Emily Maroutian

 

Reflect with Me?

  • Recall a person who endured a tragic childhood, yet lived a meaningful life.
  • Does early trauma mark us for life, render us more creative, or both?
  • Suspended in a destructive pandemic, are you wiser or more wounded?

 

Early abuse carves hidden wounds. Without healing intervention, children’s identities can be formed more by what was done to them, than by their promise. 

Humpty Dumpty’s curse persists: All the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not put Humpty together again. 

Does early traumatization exact an irreversible life sentence?

ACEs Predict 

Since its release in 1998, the Adverse Childhood Experiences study predicts without early intervention:

  • our lives will be shortened; 
  • we will battle rapacious illnesses like heart and lung disease; 
  • anxiety will exhaust our autoimmune systems; 
  • addictions will plague us; 
  • self-confidence and trust will ever be fragile; and,
  • we will fail at intimate relationships. 

Fulfilling the prophecy, “You ought to be ashamed of yourself,” even our teeth drop out. 

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