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Q & A with Dr. B. – How did your childhood wounds you described last week damage your health as an adult?

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer

The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this weekly Q&A column, I post questions from students and from people who attend my presentations along with my answers.

Here is this week’s question:

QUESTION: How did your childhood wounds you described last week damage your health as an adult?

ANSWER:  The shame I described last week led to a sense of powerlessness, which resulted in the unhealthy belief that it was dangerous for me to choose to stand up for myself with my parents. I learned as a child to suppress all my feelings because it was too dangerous to be seen with a sad or angry face. I did not begin to heal those wounds until the most trusted person in my life (my wife) served as a witness. That validation allowed me to begin to heal.

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