The Legacy of Family Trauma: Part 1

Recently I came across a blog by author/historian Joe Manning called Mornings on Maple Street that, among other things, looks at the history behind the work of Lewis Hines. Hines was a photographer who documented the plight of child laborers in the United States from 1908 until 1924. He photographed children in coal mines and in factories, children working on the streets selling …

If you are scared and hurting

Therapists are supposed to be neutral and not bring their politics into the counseling room but if you’re a therapist with a bunch of different Wonder Women all over your wall then it doesn’t take too much guessing to figure that she didn’t vote for the guy who was joking about “locker room talk.” So let’s dispense with the pretending …

The perceived danger of hope

I have been thinking about family legacies of trauma (I’m working on a longer blog post about that) and one of the things I’ve been thinking about is that when a family knows that the worst things can happen, hope can become a dangerous thing. Not every family that experiences trauma is like this, obviously, but it’s common because people …