Point to Ponder
The world in our heads is not a precise replication of reality…it is distorted by the prevalence and emotional intensity of the messages to which we are exposed.
—Daniel Kahneman, PhD
One of the factors that can contribute to this distortion involves the number of Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs that you experienced. The ACE study, directed by Dr. Vincent Felitti of Kaiser in San Diego, California has shed light on an area of distortion that has been swept under the proverbial carpet and suppressed by individuals, families, schools, churches, and so on. “Nice people do not talk about such things.” Most people do not recognize the link between their past and their present—whatever the trauma was and whatever are their present symptoms. Be assured, however, “The Body Keeps the Score!”
ACEs are more common that you might imagine. However, they have often been unrecognized, or pooh-poohed, or brushed aside, or tried to put back onto the child who experienced them as “being all in your head.” The studies revealed that trauma—the real terrorist in America—tends to begin at home, compounded by school, church, and society in general. It includes gender and racism problems along with every other type of dysfunction you could name. It is the elephant in the room, the bull in the China shop.
For example, according to CDC data, just since 2001, more women have been killed by male partners/family members than all Americans killed in 9/11, Iraq, and Afghanistan combined. The ACE Study identified ten categories (not events) of equal impact when determining a person’s ACE score.