The sentiment what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger seems to be commonplace among those who espouse the virtues of resilience, grit, and mental toughness. But what happens when adversity strikes during childhood? What are the adult responses to an early life filled with not just adversity and trauma, but toxic stress? And more importantly, how do we recover? In her new book, Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal, award-winning science journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa answers these questions and many more.
This is an interesting idea, and something I’ve talked about before, that growing up with trauma means that we don’t develop some skills that other adults developed during their childhood years. Only instead of my observations, this book has more science behind it.
Mostly though, it’s also nice to see a book that acknowledges both this problem, and that we are not hopeless.
If you’ve read the book, what were your thoughts?