“Trauma in a person over time can look like personality. Trauma in a family over time can look like family traits. But, Trauma in people can look like culture.” --Resmaa Menakem, author of 'My Grandmother’s Hands'.
Trauma is the lasting mental, emotional, and physical response that often results from living through a distressing event. In this episode, we listen in on an interview with Resmaa, taking in his insights and personal stories as to how trauma shapes our reactions to daily experiences, and eventually, our culture. He shares different ways he slows down the reaction to re-member and transmute trauma responses into something new.
About Resmaa Menakem
Resmaa is an American author, artist and psychotherapist specializing in the effects of trauma on the human body and relationships in black families and black society. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies"