Trauma by definition is overwhelming experience, which essentially means the stimulus is greater than what the brain and nervous system are designed to process in their customary way. Neglect is the panoply of essential missing experiences, without which survival and wellbeing may be compromised and possibly threatened. Both can dysregulate the brain, and body and leave their mark on virtually all aspects of human functioning.
For many years, adult “children of neglect” have lamented, “why did no one ever recognize this before?” or “I could never understand why I felt bad, there was nothing they could point to in their childhoods. They found little to read that seemed to fit or help. Learning about neglect, suddenly they understood what was “wrong” and had a direction for how to feel better. Both they and their partners implored me, “please teach and write about this!” Thus this book.
Too Much of Nothing: Working with the Developmental Trauma of Childhood Neglect is in the early stages of writing. Like my first book, Coming Home to Passion, it is intends to teach therapists how to help children of neglect, while also being accessible to the intelligent client population. It is projected to appear in 2020. Updates will be available on this site.
Stay tuned to my weekly blog for more information and for dialog.
From the start it was undeniably obvious that trauma was a “physioneurosis,” (van der Kolk, McFarlane and Weisaeth, 1996) directly afflicting the body even if there was no direct bodily injury or even bodily threat.Read More
She had gotten my name from her daughter, and she wanted to come and see me.Read More