How the Science of Adverse Childhood Experiences Deepens Our Emotional Vocabulary

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Research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), like assault or abuse, suggests that trauma is more than a ‘personal’ problem. Understanding the communal and systemic causes of trauma–from discrimination to poverty to emotional neglect–can help address the root causes of trauma and lead to better care.