We Turn to the Past to Learn, Not Return: How the Concepts of Silence, Shame, and Ostracism Impact Victims of Abuse
Episode six of the third season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women welcomes neuroscientist, clinical psychologist, founder of Viva Excellence, and the CEO of the Trauma Counseling Center, Dr. Kate Truitt. Dr. Truitt's research focuses on brain health during the recovery process, treatment outcomes, and psychophysiology. Her clinical practices and scientific studies have led Dr. Truitt to specialize in the treatment of traumatic stress and PTSD.
In this episode, Dr. Truitt takes a deep dive into the concepts of silence, shame and ostracism, and how these directly impact victims of abuse and crime. Dr. Truitt delves into how human beings are hard-wired to experience feeling shame and the science behind this, how offenders can use shame/silence/ostracism to further harm or manipulate their victims, and how the “silent treatment” is something that is employed by both abused and non-abused individuals as a form of either purposeful or unintentional control.