Increasingly, we are understanding the long lasting impact of trauma on individuals and families.
What happens when an entire culture is traumatised?
Research is showing that trauma can be passed down from generation to generation when it is not fully shared, processed and understood. L.P. Hartley said that ‘the past is a different country, they do things differently there’ but the impact of the past continues on our present. Substance abuse, familial violence, suicide, and homicide rise sharply in communities that are severely mistreated. Profound grief, anger, and loss in combination with a lack of expression means that our hopes, values, and beliefs can be suppressed as we continue to operate in survival mode. Telling our stories helps us to process our intergenerational trauma—the meaning it has for us, our families and our communities. This is the way we begin to heal.
SenseMaker® is a safe place where people can tell their own stories anonymously, giving us an honest snapshot into the way people think across the globe. The power of meaning is in the hands of the storyteller, and we can help them feel heard.