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Purpose: The Forum's purpose:
The "ourchildhood" forum is an encouraging, supportive place to share and discuss traumatic childhood experiences, their destructive effects on our lives,
and our discoveries and deeper understanding of painful childhood memories, especially through therapy.

The forum is a place where we work on the courage to confront and stand up to our parents' lies.
In the protective realm of the group, we are empowered to let go of protecting our parents, to step out of our dependencies and anxieties, and thus develop empathy for the child.

The forum is a place where people learn that their pain needs to be taken absolutely seriously and felt fully, even if the endured abuse seems to have been "normal".

Posts are meant to give voice to the ordeals of our childhood, to support that process as enlightened witnesses by understanding and supporting the abused and suffering child, and believing her/his plight.

The forum cannot replace a good therapy with a well-informed, empathic therapist.
Projections can't be avoided but they must be worked out with a therapist.

What we don't want:
The forum is not for discussions about the philosophy and purpose of this list.

It is not a place for philosophical or general discussions or for speculation about psychological theories and issues.

The forum is not a place to chat.

The forum is not for telling others that their childhood pain needs to be forgiven because the opposite is true.

The forum is not a place to belittle the feelings of others or to attack them.

The forum is not a place to vent the childhood emotions on others or to settle one's accounts with the parents.

How we moderate:
If we think a post, in our subjective opinion, furthers this purpose, we will post it.

If a post that we read does not seem a beneficial contribution to the "ourchildhood" discussion, we will not post it.
We will not give an explanation. In order to let the sender know that her/his post did arrive, we will send a short reply that the post was received.

The forum is a revolutionary effort to confront the truth about our childhoods and their suffering. We want to support and nurture this effort, above all by being on the side of the child who never could voice her/his truth.

Bob Scharf
Barbara Rogers, http://www.screamsfromchildhood.com
Website URL: http://www.alice-miller.com/index.html
List Type: Moderated discussion
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Archive: Readable by subscribers only
Created: Aug 27, 2001
Owners: The Editor, Owner 2
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