Episode 16: The power of language from professionals in helping or shaming survivors of trauma

Episode Description:

The words, tone, and facial expressions used by professionals has a significant impact on whether we feel supported and understood or dismissed and even shamed.

I’ve heard many stories over the years and have even had my own experiences that left me wondering about the person’s intention.. and judgment.

In today’s video I’ll share one of those experiences and address some of the issues around this.

Together, we can foster empathy, raise awareness, and create an environment that makes trauma survivors feel safe and understood.

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Episode Notes:

- Peggy reflects on their own experience with a nurse who used dismissive language when discussing addiction and abusive relationships.

- Language used by professionals can have a profound impact on survivors of trauma, evoking feelings of shame and discouraging them from seeking help.

- Examples are given of professionals making quick judgments or diagnoses that can affirm negative beliefs and hinder healing.

- The vulnerability of certain medical situations, such as gynecological exams, can be intensified by language that dismisses or judges trauma survivors.

- The importance of trust in professionals and the need for open, non-judgmental communication to create a safe space for survivors of trauma.

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