Psychological trauma | Janneke Jobsis Brown

Trauma and Truth

Trauma and Truth
When trauma does occur… We are living in times of racism, skewed values, and careless words. All can lead to war, and do lead to violence, in our country, right in the daily  news. All past presidents would have used their national platform to bring peace and reconciliation within our nation. So when trauma does occur… (Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical–American Psychological Association) we experience the following ways in which the experience of trauma confuses...
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Open Door

Open Door
Open the Door I grew up with words like this, “It’s too terrible to tell you,  it’s too much. I do not hate the Japanese; they were cruel to each other too.” Those words came from my father, every time I asked him what it was like to survive WWII in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). He never told me. Every survivor of WWII has differences in how they survive and thrive… After. For my father it was never to talk about 1942 -1945,  except occasionally to cousins who also survived, or to a combat-survivor soldier. My father’s “combat” survival was in Japanese...
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Is there more?

Is there more?
Always afraid, always needed to talk, but didn’t. The recoil from pain is instinctual. For a long, long time survivors do not wish to talk about the past. The need to be heard, is why I can still find so many stories of World War II survivors who share, who still need to share. Sharing is therapy. Sharing is walking through times of deep loneliness, and knowing that talking creates an as-if. It is an as-if your friend’s love was there all along. And if a friend can love so much, the possibility that maybe God was there after all too. In my family my mother recalls my father’s nightmares...
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Survival, Loyalty and Faith Endures: Bataan Death March Survivor.

Survival, Loyalty and Faith Endures: Bataan Death March Survivor.
As recently as 5 years ago, then 94-year-old Bataan Death March survivor Ben Skardon walked a portion of the march, with friends and family called “Ben’s Squadron.” In his 2012 speech Ben described, the turning point of incarceration in POW camps, when dear friends Otis Morgan and Henry Leitner saved his life. He had already survived a journey in two bombed “Hell Ships,” arriving as among the only one out of four who survived. His three words for us are: survival, loyalty and faith. Survival, the word that honors the most horrible of ordeals. When people help each other...
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ABDACOM Loss & Liberation, Dutch East Indies

ABDACOM Loss & Liberation, Dutch East Indies
I have moved into Peet’s coffee, whilst preparing my novel Shadows for professional editing. I believe ABDACOM* would applaud my take-over. My Dutch-American friends, Dutch-Canadian friends, U.S. friends would also all applaud my being here at Peet’s. My Japanese friends today, who include both Japanese-Americans interned in camps in the U.S. and veterans who served the U.S. in WWII (who never had anything to do with defeating ABDACOM, nor the formation of Japanese Concentration Camps and POW camps in the Pacific) would also celebrate this take over. You see, this is where I...
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