Insidious Trauma Caused by Prenatal Gender Prejudice
Publication Date:October 1998
When the inherent value of females is marginalized by society, the resulting trauma may result in depression, anxiety, dissociation, decreased self-esteem, victimization, displaced anger, somatic ailments, and despair. Ultimately, trauma from gender bias (or racial bias) is insidious trauma, an assault on every level of security a person has: physical, psychological, interpersonal, and spiritual. The damage is devastating when the trauma occurs during the pre- and perinatal period. Effective treatment must incorporate a way of accessing memories held subconsciously due to the degree of trauma and/or their early incidence, cathartic expression of emotions, and reaching compassion for the traumatized core self. I have found hypnotic regression therapy to be most conducive to facilitating those healing experiences.
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