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Trauma Demands Repetition

Lloyd deMause

...The Human race is now quite able technologically to satisfy its needs if we can live together without violence toward each other. But unless we employ our social resources toward consciously assisting the evolution of childrearing, we will be doomed to the periodic destruction of our resources, both material and human. As Selma Fraiberg told us, "Trauma demands repetition." I would add, "repetition through social action." We cannot be content to only continue to do endless repair work on damaged adults, with therapies and our jails...