Moving Beyond Dwelling in Suffering: A Situation-Specific Theory of Men’s Healing from Childhood Maltreatment

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Abstract

The authors present an explanation of the development of a situation-specific theory of men’s healing from maltreatment during childhood. Development of the theory was guided by Rogers’ science of unitary human beings (SUHB). The four multidimensional concepts of the theory are interpreted within the context of the SUHB from themes discovered from the findings of a hermeneutic phenomenological study of men who had been exposed to childhood maltreatment, including neglect and abuse. The concepts are: moving beyond suffering, desiring release from suffering, dwelling in suffering, and experiencing wellbeing. Moving beyond suffering is the process of healing from childhood maltreatment. Desiring release from suffering is the facilitator of men’s life experiences that speeds up the rate of evolution from moving beyond suffering to experiencing healing. Dwelling in suffering is the barrier in men’s life experiences that slows down the rate of evolution from moving beyond suffering to experiencing wellbeing.

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