It gets bet­ter

The Walrus - - LETTERS -

In their ar­ti­cle, Robert Maun­der and Jonathan Hunter high­light how trau­matic events from our child­hood can in­flu­ence our be­hav­iour and health as adults (“How Child­hood Trauma Can Lead to Chronic Ill­ness,” the­wal­rus.ca). These find­ings may help us un­der­stand the roots of men­tal ill­ness and the per­pet­u­a­tion of trans­gen­er­a­tional vi­o­lence. But the re­la­tion­ship be­tween child­hood and adult­hood is far more com­pli­cated than sim­ple cause and ef­fect.

Without be­lit­tling the suf­fer­ing that peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence — or dis­miss­ing the au­thors’ at­tempts to ef­fect change — I would ar­gue that many in­di­vid­u­als are able to trans­form the neg­a­tive ef­fects of their past into health­ier and less vi­o­lent fu­tures. It would be fa­tal­is­tic to be­lieve that we live only in a domino pat­tern. An­drew El­liot Apong

Mis­sis­sauga, ON

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