Confessions of a Trauma Therapist: A Memoir of Healing and by Mary K. Armstrong

By Mary K. Armstrong

"Trauma therapist Mary okay. Armstrong embarks on an illuminating trip into her personal mystery previous and emerges with a renewed experience of private authenticity and pleasure in aiding others." — SYLVIA FRASER, writer of My Father's condominium: A Memoir of Incest and therapeutic "A outstanding, heartbreaking, and encouraging account of a child's tragedy and a woman's chronic development towards mild, wisdom, fact, and energy. by no means has the human spirit shone via extra passionately." — JUDY STEED, writer of Our Little mystery: baby Sexual Abuse To her shock, dismay, and finally aid, Mary Armstrong, a therapist with over thirty years of expertise assisting humans heal from formative years trauma, exposed her personal historical past of kid sexual abuse by the hands of her grandfather and father. As she tells her harrowing yet heroic story, she casts gentle as by no means earlier than at the factor of repressed stories and the invisible wounds left through early life trauma.

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The city attorney never clarified the law. Claudette Colvin was convicted with a suspended sentence. But despite the fact that the city commission and the bus company did not act, something else had begun to happen. The long repressed feelings of resentment on the part of the Negroes had begun to stir. The fear and apathy which had for so long cast a shadow on the life of the Negro community were gradually fading before a new spirit of courage and self-respect. The inaction of the city and bus officials after the Colvin case would make it necessary for them in a few months to meet another committee, infinitely more determined.

Next time they would face a committee supported by the longings and aspirations of nearly fifty thousand people, tired people who had come to see that it is ultimately more honorable to walk the streets in dignity than to ride the buses in humiliation. III The Decisive Arrest O n december 1, 1955, an attractive Negro seamstress, Mrs. Rosa Parks, boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus in downtown Montgomery. She was returning home after her regular day’s work in the Montgomery Fair, a leading department store.

Johns refused, until the driver agreed to return his fare. Before leaving, Mr. Johns stood in the aisle and asked how many of his people would follow him off the bus in protest. Not a single person responded. ” Some of the passivity of the uneducated could, like that of the educated, be attributed to the fear of economic reprisals. Dependent on the white community, they dared not protest against unjust racial conditions for fear of losing their jobs. But perhaps an even more basic force at work was their corroding sense of inferiority, which often expressed itself in a lack of self-respect.

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