Tonight's special guest is David Winter from Quebec, Canada, a child abuse survivor who's a researcher and writer. His training in literary and psychotherapeutic theories provides him with the critical lenses he uses to contextualize and express the events of his upbringing that were consistently marked by the violent behavior and emotional neglect of his caregivers. Dave has written his memoir 'Back and Forth' as a yearly chronicle of what his parents and extended family system put him through, and he has used trauma-related theories to give description to how parental violence and emotional neglect were enacted in his childhood and what its effect has been into adulthood. Dave's done this to express these often confusing emotions which he believes males, in particular, are only encouraged to suppress. His intent is to give others a model for how they can express the difficult emotions of their childhoods so that they may also feel the relief that comes in knowing they are not alone in their suffering, and to know that others have found a way to constructively express what was once so destructively contained within the secrecy of toxic family systems. The physical abuse and emotional neglect of children is a worldwide pandemic that daily creates its own holocaust, with this memoir encouraging readers to reflect on their childhood experiences and the great significance of their own attachment needs, and those of their children, in the hope of engendering a far more peaceful world. Dave says the child abuse taboo is still enormous in Canada, and invites listeners to contact him through his Facebook profile page.
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