Growth Catalysts Blog

Living. Unlearning. Relearning. Empowering

The Napolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

The Neapolitan books are set somewhere in Italy, a poor neighborhood in Naples where violence and strife are so normalized everyone is conditioned to either not react to it or react with more violence. This neighborhood could be anywhere in the world, even in Nairobi.

relationships that are good for our mental health I almost annoyed myself into stopping reading the Neapolitan series because in the first book My Brilliant Friend Lenรบ’s siblings said: “You look like a negro” with a certain ‘contempt’ when Lenu came back from Ischia. The sun had painted Lenรบ’s skin with dark gold. Thank heavens that I am not one to leave a book half-read, or a sentence half-said. So I finished the first book My Brilliant Friend and thought I was done. A couple of weeks later, I couldn’t stop thinking about Lila in her new marriage. I wondered if Lenรบ would become a brilliant scholar, teacher, lecturer or just marry and be done with it. I wondered if Melina would get better.

So, I went to the library and borrowed the 2nd book The Story of a New Name. After that, there was no stopping

Continue reading

6 ๐—ง๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ by Green Strings Network

This thread was published by Green String Networkย  on 31st October 2019. It’s a 5 min read that is worth a year and a half. Visit GSN on their website for lots more on mental health and trauma awareness. And on Twitter for insights you may not find anywhere else @GSNAfrica
Profile picture
6 ๐—ง๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ

Individual Trauma: results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on their wellbeing. Image

1. ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ: a big incident that leaves a community with painful memories that alter their social health, eg a massacre, bombing, car accident, house fire, etc. It lingers with them for a long time.
2. ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ: is trauma obtained from supporting others who have experienced trauma. There can be a build up of stress over time that can cause changes to one’s psychological, physical & spiritual well-being.

Israeli Palestinian violence causing Collective Trauma for over 70years

Have you ever tried ignoring your neighbors in plot 10 who fight inside their house so you can hear the bangs, crashes and dunces on the walls? What of when you find them punching each other in the corridor, on the stairs and outside on the street? The parent in house 14b who beats their child up twice or thrice a week so you can hear the child’s fright, desperation and cries for help – have you been able to forget? Have you ever seen a murdered person outside plot 10 as you went to work in the morning or as you came home from work?

Did you then move on with your day and life without remembering the fights, the sounds and the dead body? That is how the bloodshed, crying Palestinian children, stunned adults and fire and smoke from airstrikes affect us. They stay in our minds disrupting our peace, stressing us psychologically and physiologically.

Continue reading

« Older posts
%d bloggers like this: