Trauma and the Soul: Loss of Innocence in Kindergarten—with Saundra Salyer

Trauma constitutes an interruption of the normal processes through which an embodied, true self comes into being. Through dissociation, trauma activates the automatic “self-care system,” organized by a remarkable intelligence in the Psyche which insures survival of the child (Donald Kalsched). The archetypal powers of this intelligence can develop into dark, self-persecutory systems, or organize for the future growth and recovery of a lost heart of the self. This heart of the self, the soul, has potential to birth the…

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