Tonight's special guest is Steve Canty from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a child abuse survivor who's a writer, researcher, and psychotherapist trainee. "I have been attracted to this work of trying to understand child abuse simply because it is what I was raised in," Steve says. "Its chaotic effects have redounded through my body and psyche well into my adult life, and I have written and done research on it in an effort to alert the general public to the breadth and depth of the problem." He goes on, "I have wanted to do this in an attempt to give testimony to child abuse’s deleterious effects so that future parents will deeply understand the importance of their love, patience, and kindness directed at their child, from the moment of its birth to the hour of their death." Steve notes that a huge portion of the world-wide human population are effected. "The irreducible needs of children have not been explained and shared with the general public widely enough. It has emerged as a significant aspect of my self-understanding as a creative and critical writer to explore as deeply as I can tolerate into these regions to re-emphasize what psychologist Alice Miller referred to as the “poisonous pedagogy” at the heart of traditional child-raising practices." Steve notes the child abuse taboo is still enormous in Canada, and invites listeners to contact him through his LinkedIn profile.
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