Work Informed by reading about adults who survived (?) child-abuse. To quote Dr. Bessel van der Kolk: “Social support is not the same as merely being in the presence of others. The critical issue is reciprocity: Being truly heard and seen by the people around us, feeling that we are held in someone else’s mind and heart. For our physiology to calm down, heal, and grow we need a visceral feeling of safety….”
Source: Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. "The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (New York: VIKING, 2014), 79.