This work covers the way in which our current educational systems, teaching methods, parenting methods, and attitudes about children are impacting their brain development and contributing to the level of increasing narcissism and abuse in our society. This book will offer in-depth research covering the rationale behind this premise and steps that can be taken in order to reverse course for this current trajectory for our society and the youth in our care.
S.R. Zelenz has worked in education for 20 years. Working with students from all walks of life, cultures, races, and social diversity, Zelenz’s research in Educational Leadership led to finding a better way to approach learning for students with trauma histories. This included those who had ancestral trauma histories. Many were juvenile offenders, gang members, diagnosed with varying behavioral disorders, or had family histories of violence, murder, or narcissistic parenting. This research could not be effectively accomplished without further understanding of how epigenetic trauma inheritance may be impacting these students, how brain development from trauma may be impacting their behavioral and emotional development, as well as deep understanding of psychology and its varying classifications for behavioral and personality disorders. The goal is to find solutions for changing the conversation and making a real difference for these students.
The USA has a very high trauma prevalence. It is so common, that it is normalized. This creates a society that dismisses the experiences of victims and perpetuates the increase of abusive persons in power and in our homes.
Researchers have found that childhood trauma is far more common than previously understood. William E. Copeland, Ph.D. and colleagues with the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families at the University of Vermont were part of The Great Smoky Mountain Study, a study of 1,420 children in 11 rural North Carolina counties. Through 11,000 interviews spanning from 1993 until 2015, demonstrated that 60 percent of study participants were exposed to at least one trauma by the time they were 16 years of age and more than 30 percent of participants had experienced more than one traumatic event (Copeland et al,, 2018).