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[PODCAST] #359: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience (Part 5 – Elephant In the Room)


With Wes Bertrand and Matt Amberson

Discussed Today:
-If there is a Liberty Movement, is it moving? Why not?
-NVC and trauma: Rosenberg’s disconnection (and lack of philosophical clarity)
-recent ”mind control” and “manipulation” claims
-the trauma cycle: shame, dishonesty (with self and others), more shame, inauthenticity, defense and disconnection
-how to heal, the 7th Pillar of Self-Esteem

6 PSYCHOLOGICAL WOUNDS (from unmet needs):
1-formation of a false-self (in order to survive)
2-excessive shame
3-excessive guilt
4-excessive fears
5-reality distortion (like denial)
6-problems with trust (trusting too easily and being or not trusting trustworthy people and being isolated)
7-difficulty feeling your emotions; being numb—and/or difficulty bonding with others and tolerating healthy intimacy

-recruit inner strength
-focusing on many inner resources
-motivation (speaks to hitting bottom, not trial bottom or pseudo-recovery)—usually between 35-45yo
-need to be in a pro-recovery environment, a functional setting with advocates of healing and growth
-IFS (or inner-family therapy)…work with subselves involved in and causing wounds and have them integrate with true-self

as you free your true-self to make more life decisions:
-more serenity and less stress, yielding happiness
-increase in self-confidence and decrease in self-doubt
-confusion decreases, and clear vision increases
-decrease in impulsive behavior, and increase in thoughtful, intentional actions
-noticeably improved self-care (including emotional)
-frequency and duration of depressive episodes reduce and feel “good enough,” centered, grounded, resourceful, and joyful
-sleep better (fewer wake-ups, mind racing, bad dreams)
-excessive guilt and shame shrink, replaced by self-grounded, clear, serene, etc.
-increasing clarity on life purpose
-communicate more effectively, healthy self-assertiveness
-general quality of relationships in your life will increase as a theme, less fighting, stress, anxiety and more win/win problem solving
-hope for a better life goes up, way up

Look Closer:

Complete Liberty Inside Out: Honoring Yourself and Others for Optimal Enrichment -
Wes: -
Complete Liberty Series on trauma -
Matt: -
Linking childhood trauma to long-term health and social consequences: What is The ACE Study? - -
Happiness Counseling Resources -
CLP Episode 212 - Adverse Childhood Experiences and reflections on therapeutic solutions -
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma -
Peter Gerlack on YouTube -

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  1. This this has become my favorite podcast and one of the only ones I follow regularly. Thank you all so much for this. This has been the most constructive series I have learned from and as a result I have bought 2 books and several audio books including The Body Keeps The Score and The Six Pillars of Self Esteem. I am even more motivated to dive into being more mindful than I was to learn about liberty. Im excited to start this journey and learn how to bring others with me.

    Thanks again and stay strong Brett, Im proud of you.

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