Humanship. It’s an idea that has been tossed around the horse world for a few years now. During the Cayuse Collaborative Clinic, for instance, we added a bit of humanship by having a noontime session with Trish Lemke on how to be the best person for your horse. It was an introduction to thinking about our intentions and peace of mind whenever we’re around horses.
Now comes Astrid Larsen. Astrid is a college psychology professor in the Seattle area. We connected over the work I sometimes do around brain science, this article and this article in particular. Turns out we’re both pretty intrigued by how your past, which may include Big T trauma or little t trauma, can impact how you behave and interact with whoever, your horse, your friend, your partner, your coworker, and strangers. What we came to agree on, as we went back and forth via email and zoom, is that doing the work – which for many of us involves connecting with a therapist – is vital if you want healthy, positive outcomes. As Astrid says, you’ve got to do the work in order to do the work.
This is a far-reaching interview and one that includes discussions of self-awareness, trauma, including intergenerational trauma and the impact it can have — even on one’s DNA.
We really really hope this will spur some conversations and feedback from you. Hit the contact button and be in touch!
LINKS from Astrid Larsen:
Family dynamics influence the way we interact with other people as adults. Here’s an article from the Harvard Business Review about interactions at work.
Why do we hook up with controlling leaders? Deconstructing power dynamics in relationships. Read more
Early patterns affect the dynamics of shame in a controlling relationship. Read more
The difference between cycles of power and control, and equality. It’s a great idea to look at these two diagrams with an eye for the big picture. How do the systems you interact with (work, family, community, self) align with either one? Learn more
Trauma effects hippocampus and memory. The hippocampus seems to shrink when bombarded with traumatic information. Check out the description of why a strong connection between two circuits leads to resilience, or bouncing back from the event or events. Learn more
The Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry initiated groundbreaking research on the genetic effects of Holocaust trauma on the children and grandchildren of people who had gone through the terrors inflicted on them. Here is an article on the research, from Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News. Learn more
A study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology titled Potential of Environmental Enrichment to Prevent Transgenerational Effects of Paternal Trauma. Learn more
Courtney Giffins’ TED talk on epigenetics and influence of our genes
Seth Pollak, a scientist from the University of Wisconsin show genetic changes for children subjected to abuse and neglect. Learn more
Reclaiming resilience and plumping up the hippocampus. Watch video
Check out this website on recovering from trauma and developing resiliency.
Stress hormones cross the placenta, especially during long periods of stress. Stressed mama. stressed baby. Learn more