How Peace is Shaped by Healing the Fragmented Self
Recent research suggests that in betrayal trauma, where the child is the object of the others violence, they can become an aggressor later in life. Trauma and violence are integrally linked. A shattered self, leads to a shattered world through internalization, splitting, (projective) identification, etc.
The process of hate begins with the splitting of the “good” self from the “bad” self. The “bad” self is dissociated-in the shadow- and is projected onto the other. The other-the enemy- holds the qualities of the “bad” self. The other is demonized.
When we consider dissociated shame caused by trauma, then the shame- rage cycle can evoke the development of violence both intra- and interpersonal. The experienced loneliness and separateness inherent in trauma, are projected into the outer world and simplify the polarization process of “I versus them”. If the trauma experiences of members of a society are neither recognized nor healed, they pass it on to the next generation and thus create intergenerational trauma.
On an individual level, the “ghosts in the nursery” set stage for intergenerational repetition of the traumatic experiences. Trauma in society is re-enacted in the form of abuse, rape, criminality etc. The focus of trauma and peacebuilding must be directed onto an intra- and interpersonal transformation and onto the psychological and societal worlds. If we contact our inner suffering, we recognize our shared humanity: “the suffering of all human beings”.
Bio-psycho-social-spiritual work is at the core of healing intergenerational trauma. On societal level, the recognition of trauma, grief work, develop life skills, work on security and belonging, is crucial. On an intra-personal level regain safety, dignity, spirituality, build resilience, restore body/brain functioning, and install reconciliation. When healed, trauma survivors play a key role in peacebuilding.
This session was originally presented as a live conference session in April 2021.
At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:
- Define the interplay between trauma, dissociation, and violence
- Identify the mechanisms underlying the demonization process
- Analyse the onset of intergenerational trauma
- Discuss the connection between inner and outer peace
- Design both a tailor-made treatment plan and a community program
Presenter: Doris D'hooghe, BA
Presenter Bio: Doris D'hooghe is a psychotraumatologist trained in Gestalt Therapy, Group Therapy and Transpersonal Psychology. Her training in Child Therapy was based on Integrative Psychology and she became intrigued by trauma and its effects leading her to attend trainings in Psychotraumatology and EMDR. This wide range of courses shaped her into a therapist with a broad vision on pathology, its causes, and opportunities to heal. As she took a keen interest in attachment issues, she has specialized in early-childhood trauma in an attachment relationship. In the last 20 years she has become interested in the blend of neuroscience with psychology, attachment theory/therapy, and trauma theory/therapy. She has completed a one-year training NMT with Bruce Perry and have attended different workshops, presentations etc. on psychotherapy, neuroscience, trauma, dissociation… both online and at congresses all over the world.Her work is based on the integration of Neuroscience, Psychology and Spirituality. Since 1990 she has worked in private practice. In 2009 she founded Trauma Centre Belgium whose main tasks are: Raising awareness about trauma, trauma education and trauma Therapy. Doris likes to pass on her knowledge and she does this mainly by conducting trainings both nationally and internationally. She wrote several articles in which she higlights in particular the importance of the recognition and introduction in the field of " Invisible attachment trauma" . She wrote a contribution in "The Neuroeducation Toolbox" and her Self-Help book for children with PTSD was released in July 2021. The target population she works with covers all ages, linking client symptomatology to prior traumatic experiences. She loves to think "out of the box" with the main concern of creating a customized treatment plan for the client. Doris considers each client as a unique human being whereby she believes in the healing abilities and existence of an intact self.
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