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Living Ubuntu was initially created largely in response to two sets of issues crying out for additional attention; in oversimplified terms these two are trauma and disconnection.

We are including various issues under the heading of Trauma because our perspective emphasizes their commonalities and how they are interrelated.

Trauma

Encountering trauma is commonplace enough over the course of one’s lifetime to be considered part of universal human experience. Traumatic experiences and the need for recovery, from both local and global perspectives, are ripe to undergo exponential growth. Firsthand trauma due to war, natural disaster, sexual assault, and domestic violence are only a few examples of how human beings encounter life-threatening situations. While many people meet these situations with great resiliency, others suffer afterward with a range of moderate to severe difficulties. While it is the minority that will develop the most extreme symptoms known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the numbers within this minority are significant and growing.

Secondary or vicarious trauma often impacts the witnesses, caregivers, and family members of those directly encountering traumatic experiences. Compassion fatigue has become a common experience for those seeking to be caring and helpful. In today’s world, compassion fatigue is relevant beyond those in helping professions and family caregivers. It can be a challenge for anyone to maintain compassionate responses after prolonged exposure to the seemingly endless list of ongoing global disasters and atrocities.

Then there are the children.

Research has confirmed the transgenerational aspect of trauma. A parent who has not adequately recovered from their own trauma may, despite best efforts, negatively impact their child’s development. Un-recovered trauma in parents can be a contributing factor in terms of what leads to abuse in the parent-child relationship, yet children in these situations often demonstrate symptoms as if they had experienced trauma or abuse firsthand even when this is not the case. In addition to transgenerational trauma, children are vulnerable to the effects of both shock trauma (a perceived or actual life endangering experience) as well as developmental trauma (when developmental needs go unmet or are met with a grossly mismatched response from a parent or other caregiver).  For information on prevalence of violence against children worldwide, see study reveals global child abuse.

As if all of that isn’t enough to contend with, we are also vulnerable to the effects of long-term chronic cumulative stress which may have similar destructive consequences in terms of our wellbeing. Within our society’s current culture and lifestyle it has become the new normal for many to live in a chronic state of stress. Good stress management may be our best friend when it comes to maintaining a healthy emotional life, good relationships and disease prevention.

Living Ubuntu seeks to provide a more effective response to these various issues.

Disconnection

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