Identifying the Central Trauma

The central trauma for me has been uncovered recently as a very small number–a core–of basic beliefs about how the world truly has to be. I’ve done work and reading before on identifying and unlocking the central trauma, but I never understood so clearly what I was looking for. The central trauma doesn’t look like […]

Shadow Maps: The Upside-Down and the Sunken Place

What does our fascination with Get Out’s  phenomenal “sunken place” mean? What about our fascination with Stranger Things‘ phenomenal upside-down? Here’s why I’m glad these terrifying places are popular. The upside-down and the sunken place are both capacious: lots of unwilling people are sent there. They can hold a whole alternate reality No one wants […]