We are all a product of our past…
As you can see, our early experiences shape who we are, and the most impactful experiences were the ones that come from stressful events when we were a child. Most of us have had one or more Adverse Childhood Experiences. And, the more ACEs we have, the worse the mental and physical health outcomes we are likely to experience.
In a study done by Kaiser Permanente and the CDC, it was found that those with a higher number of Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, were more likely to experience worse mental and physical health outcomes as adults. In that original study, they found that 67% of the population studied had at least one ACE. and 17% had 4 or more ACEs. Later researchers discovered that people with six or more ACEs had a twenty-year shorter life expectancy than those with no ACEs at all. These results have now been confirmed by a body of research over several decades. The results are clear.
It’s not all bad news though when we become aware of something that is affecting our health we can do something about it. Even if it means changing the past. There are a host of different techniques that can help us build emotional resilience, and that these techniques can decrease the negative consequences of these events later in life.