Childhood Trauma and Adult Relationships
“If trauma remains unresolved, people unconsciously seek the comfort of the known, even if it is painful.”
– Dr. Nancy Irwin
In the United States more than two-thirds of children have experienced some form of trauma, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Across the globe, 1 in 8 adults have reported childhood sexual abuse, and 1 in 4 have reported physical abuse according to a 2017 study.
This shows that childhood trauma is more common than many of us may think.
This episode examines various kinds of childhood trauma and the effects they have on us as adults in our relationships. I want to have an open and raw conversation about how some people who have not dealt with their childhood trauma are still being affected by it – as well as how it’s affecting the partner in their relationship.
Growing up in a society where physical punishment wasn’t considered abuse, but rather the normal way of punishing or discipling children, I experienced my share of beatings. I also experienced seeing domestic abuse as something that was more common than it should have been. This did affect the way I navigated in relationships in my 20’s and early 30’s. However, I question if I ever took moment to see what traumas my partners came with and how they also affected my relationships.
This isn’t a lighthearted one, but a much needed one! We cannot heal from what we cannot accept as a problem that needs to be dealt with.
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