SECTION #07 – Chapters 21, 22, 23

On This Page:

  • Section Summary and Chapter Title List
  • Section Chapter Summaries
  • Section Workbook Summary and Links ~ To Be Determined

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Section 7

Destructive Impacts of Trauma and Terror

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Section Summary and Chapter Title List

SECTION #7 SUMMARY. The tactics of power abuse are specific, and so are their impacts in the lives of victims. The destruction affects a combination of personal, social, and cultural dimensions – repressing freedoms and replacing them with control. General concepts about how people respond to stress help frame the picture of how they respond specifically to the kinds of psychological terrorism that abuse of power inflicts. Understanding these various dimensions prepares us for a recovery process if we ourselves are abuse survivors, providing support if we are victim advocates, and issues to challenge if we are social activists.

Chapters:

  1. What are Some of the Deepest, Darkest Personal Impacts of Trauma and Terror?
  2. What are the Essential Personal, Social, and Cultural Freedoms that Get Repressed When There is Abuse of Power?
  3. What Does It Look Like When the Three Core Freedoms are Repressed – and When People Resist the Repression?
  • WORKBOOK: To be determined.

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Chapter Summaries

Chapter 21. What are Some of the Deepest, Darkest Personal Impacts of Trauma and Terror? Being victimized by abuse of power “messes people up,” to greater or lesser degrees. This chapter gives several concept frameworks to help interpret some typical results of psychological terrorism and trauma, from both direct (person-to-person) bullying and systemic (repressive organizational structural) abuse. Craving for Ecstasy by Harvey Milkman and Stanley Sunderwith uses studies of brain chemistry and addiction to address three general responses people can have to stress, with a category of addictive drugs that goes with each: up (aggressive), down (depressive), and sideways (dissociative). Specific post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms fall into four categories used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: (1) reliving the event, (2) avoiding situations that remind you of the event, (3) negative changes in beliefs and feelings, and (4) feeling keyed up/hyperarousal. Multiple films and books illustrate these features, along with the situations depicting various ways victims identify with their abusers.

Chapter 22. What are the Essential Personal, Social, and Cultural Freedoms that Get Repressed When There is Abuse of Power? Is “systemic abuse” of power a Western-only thing, or is it global? In analyzing statements of the last 75 years in support of human rights and freedom, drawn from around the world, I derived a framework that uses three essential freedoms: self-determination (the right of conscience and responsibility to set one’s destination in life and the trajectory to get there), relational association (choosing one’s friends and peers), and cultural participation (involvement according to one’s gifts, training, and interests). Abuse of power disrupts each of these freedoms, negating the humanity of those who are made subservient to the will of those in charge.

Chapter 23. What Does It Look Like When the Three Core Freedoms are Repressed – and When People Resist the Repression? This Field Guide is not just for survivors of spiritual abuse, it’s also for their advocates, and for activists who seek to “do good plus do no harm” in social transformation. And situations with abuse of power and privilege are often challenges because they repress people’s freedoms. Hairspray is a musical that captures many of the issues in the first half of this book. It gives us an opportunity to apply various frameworks we’ve considered while we face up to divisions between people based on gender stereotypes, religion, race, size, age, and neighborhood. While there are cutting remarks and jokes and slights that illustrate all of these, they serve a purpose, showing on the victims’ faces how repugnant such words and deeds are. The film also shows stark differences between various groups in the opportunities available to them to participate culturally, economically, politically, with police protection, etc. Will the victims give in, or choose non-violent ways to resist in order to ignite hope for a better horizon?

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Links to Section #07 Visual Bibliographies

Section #7 – Destructive Impacts of Trauma and Terror

  1. What are Some of the Deepest, Darkest Personal Impacts of Trauma and Terror?
  2. What are the Essential Personal, Social, and Cultural Freedoms that Get Repressed When There is Abuse of Power?
  3. What Does It Look Like When the Three Core Freedoms are Repressed – and When People Resist the Repression?

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Section Workbook Summary and Links

To be determined.

To be added.

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