Childhood trauma can cause problems with relationships later in life.
In this article, Junot Diaz reflects on the abuse that shaped his childhood and how that trauma caused him to experience problems with relationships later in life. He notes how comfortable hiding the trauma “behind a mask” can be and how difficult, if not impossible, it can be to attempt to take off the mask
“Trauma is a time traveller, an ouroboros that reaches back and devours everything that came before.”
“But as any Freudian will tell you trauma is stronger than any mask; it can’t be buried and it can’t be killed. It’s the revenant that won’t stop, the ghost that’s always coming for you.”
“No one can hide forever. Eventually what used to hold back the truth doesn’t work anymore. You run out of escapes, you run out of exits, you run out of gambits, you run out of luck. Eventually the past finds you.”
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