(NB below is a draft translation from Swedish – relevant critical arguments are appreciated)
Below can be an introduction to
Childhood trauma leads to lifelong chronic illness — so why isn’t the medical community helping patients? https://acestoohigh.com/2016/08/10/childhood-trauma-leads-to-lifelong-chronic-illness-so-why-isnt-the-medical-community-helping-patients/
How did we become what/how.. we believe we are – from the beginning? Genes or the environment? The answer is both … more and more we begin to realize the importance of cultural early childhood environment – where internalization and mirror neurons form the foundation! And recent knowledge development within epigenics fields underline this … really increased focus on lifestyle behavioral changes as a main road to prevent and modify and get rid of dysfunctions – or, if not possible, we can make a better living and meet our final days with more confidence!
“Children do not do as we say but as we do” refers to how our brain processes spatial over verbal information – “say” is input to the human part of our brain developed last C 300 000 years but “do/behave/make” is processed by the parts of our brain that evolved hundred millions earlier/before – the limbic system /(mammalian brain and reptilian brain (preferably also autonomic nervous system and related systems) – and that controls basic pre-cognitive-preverbal-spatial, emotional/hormonal, mototric… systems that mostly “work unconsciously” (NB -the above sentences should perhaps be much shortened and supplemented by footnote). Some of the old wisdoms are gradually becoming now more and more scientifically substantiated knowledge confirmed. During last century not yet realized wisdom are mainly brought forward by George Kelly (Personal Construct Theory) and Lev Vygotskij and the importance of internalization, about the brain’s evolutionary development (Paul D. MacLean) and most recently on how the brain’s “hardware” may be really change, e.g. trauma memories can be modified even in the case of neurons and local works (e.g. Karim Nader)!
Simplified, this means that children from the beginning are characterized (in terms of Konrad Lorenz’s definition) through the internalization and mirror processes of the neurons in their local cultural context regarding fundamental values, ethics, morality, etc., which are automatically incorporated into older part of our brain (Mammalian/Limbic and Reptilian)! Extremism fertilize extremism (in Sparta, children were characterized as war machines – and this knowledge has probably existed long before) as well as the opposite as love and care and all the forms between … extreme trauma, especially in early childhood but also in adults (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD), growing up in alcoholism homes .. and in principle generally all sorts of variants prevent a sound healthy grown up conditions! However, often there are svery different expressions and differences, perhaps even sometimes a light in the darkness grown up conditions, which can create opportunities but also frustrations. Complexity can sometimes result in modifications and more independent thinking as well as straight opposes, e.g. Paul’s repentance/conversion and many, many similar event – not only in religion and ideologies ….
It is crucial that children gradually learn (internalize in their environmental, culturally context) to critically examine their own and others’ thinking in order to “jointly” find solutions for personal and societal developments in line with Thales (born approximately 625 f.Kr. In Miletus) thinking. At the same time, the development of knowledge during the last century could not evolved substantially well non-profit based because of the dominating interests of pharmaceuticals companies (who had the control and run medical societies?) have had and still have something like a monopoly on the development of medicine/psychology/psychiatry! More and more people are demanding that human R &D in medicine will be released from completely (!) drug dependence and move to investment in biopsychosocial-cultural medicine/psychology/psychiatry prioritized for knowledge development (which can also can provide a knowledge basis for application of individuals own actions/training for preventive and interventional purposes – where biopsychosocial tools applications are a cornerstone – for coached (if/when needed) self-activities/”care”. Only now, last 10 years or so may it be possible in human sciences and practices! Now when leading Universities free themselves from the iron grip and go for what earlier was called “alternative medicine” upstage forgiving smile.
To the question asked in e.g. https://acestoohigh.com/2016/08/10/childhood-trauma-leads-to-lifelong-chronic-illness-so-why-isnt-the-medical-community-helping-patients/ is the answer which is increasingly emerging – inadequate knowledge and practice/experience to deal with biopsychosocial-cultural processes both at general and individual levels – the latter crucial for effective clinical interventions – preferably in terms of George Kelly ´Man as a scientist´ or my ´patient as a trained, active, resource in his own rehab´.