Dysfunctional Childhood

“Dysfunctional childhood” is a term used to describe growing up in the care of adults who were confused, abusive, and/or ineffective. Because it’s all we know, it can seem “normal,” or just the way that some families act. People brought up under such circumstances often attempt to utilize suboptimal patterns and coping strategies in engaging in the world and discover that their ways of behaving are not aligned with the rest of society. We can carry patterns of aggression, disrespect, lack of empathy, ineffective boundaries, and low self-esteem—or just misaligned expectations of relationships. While it can be challenging to see patterns learned in childhood as the source of our current problems and dissatisfactions, it can also be tremendously liberating: we discover that we are free to change.


How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.


How Childhood Trauma Can Make You a Sick Adult | Big Think | Big Think

The Adverse Childhood Study found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5,000 percent more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders, or become IV drug users. Dr. Vincent Felitti, the study's founder, details this remarkable and powerful connection.


Breaking the Silence about Childhood Trauma — Dani Bostick

Most discussions of PTSD focus on veterans to the extent that many people who suffer from PTSD are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, especially among our children.


How Your Childhood Affects Your Adult Relationships | Oprah’s Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network


Harville and Helen: Making a Pact to Remove Negativity

Harville Hendrix and his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, talk about how to stop the "monkey brain" and how couples can work together to heal their relationship


Criticism When You’ve Had a Bad Childhood

Being criticised is never pleasant—but when you’ve also suffered an unsupportive childhood, it cuts especially deep. In order to bolster our capacity to withstand attacks, we need to unpick the legacy of unhelpful nurture in our early years.


Childhood Trauma and the Brain

A general introduction to what happens in the brain after children face traumatic experiences in childhood, like abuse and neglect. This video is a part of the Childhood Trauma and the Brain resource


John Bradshaw - Healing The Shame That Binds You (Part 1)

This lecture is based on John Bradshaw's book with the same title..but in this lecture he only covers the first part of the book (the problem)..the second part of the book deals with (the solution) and the healing process..


Keynote Aces to Assets 2019 – Dr. Gabor Maté – Trauma as Disconnection from the Self

In this film, we hear from Dr. Gabor Mate, international expert on trauma, who explores the theme of trauma as disconnection from the self and why relationships are central to the prevention and recovery of trauma.


Dealing with Abandonment Issues From Childhood: Exercise to Heal Toxic Shame

When you are the adult child of an alcoholic or a child of a narcissist, you are forced to live in survival. This forces a child to focus on what they cannot control. The abandonment wound is rooted in childhood trauma.


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Child’s Trauma