Spider Web of Trauma and Jane Fonda

I visually view the aftermath of trauma as forming like a spider web. The traumatic event is the central source and spirals into a lattice or web where everything is connected to the center and each other. When something affects one area of the web, it affects the entire web. Using the spider web analogy, trauma spirals into many areas: self-worth and value, body image, trust, the capacity to both maintain and form relationships, the ability to love and nurture in familiar “roles” (mother, father, daughter, son, etc.,), and function in a life that has been completely turned upside down. – Dr. Tama Lane

I thought of the spider web while reading a summary of a speech, given by the legendary actress Jane Fonda, after discovering her mother was raped at the age of 8. Reflecting on her mother’s suicide and their stormy relationship, Fonda told the audience, “The minute that I read that (about the abuse), everything fell into place, I knew why the promiscuity, the endless plastic surgery, the guilt, the inability to love or be intimate, and I was able to forgive her and forgive myself… I will support the Rape Treatment Center for the rest of my life.”

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