They came alive again

November 10, 2016 psychologyWriting  No comments

SPOILER ALERT: from this point on, I will be examining Running to Stand Still in-depth. If you haven’t read it yet, and don’t want it spoiled for you, stop reading now.

After trauma the world becomes sharply divided between those who know and those who don’t.

Whether the trauma had occurred ten years in the past or more than forty, my patients could not bridge the gap between their wartime experiences and their current lives. Somehow the very event that caused them so much pain had also become their sole source of meaning.

In the group they found resonance and meaning in what had previously been only sensations of terror and emptiness.

When you can’t be fully here, you go to the places where you did feel alive—even if those place are filled with horror and misery.

The stories of the veterans in TBKTS inspired me to write the scene with Jamie and Collin out on the ice behind the VFW hall. It is Collin saying, “I see. I hear. I understand. I’m here for you,” without him actually having to say it.

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All italicized quotes are direct from The Body Keeps the Score.
pgs. 18, 18, 18, 73


Until next time, farewell & may your life never cease to be filled with wonder and curiosity. 

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