After posting a thread about how childhood trauma affects your personal development, a fellow PerC member, @HighwayMan posted an interested study by the CDC.
The ACE score indicates you level of childhood trauma.
The Resilience score indicates your likelihood of healthy adjustment into adulthood.
Got Your ACE Score? Â« ACEs Too High
My ACE = 6
Resilience = 10
Husband's ACE = 8
His resiliency = 11
My comments and analysis of the study:Feel free to share as much or as little about your life here, or even to talk about the study itself. Or, simply calculate your own numbers as a personal reference and do some private reflection.(It seems) the questionnaire's perspective is that resilience is attributed to if a child felt loved, if there was an extended support system or a champion in their life, having structure, independence and hope. These things are directly linked to self-esteem, self-worth, and valuing the concept of life.
Out of all those ACE factors and resilience factors, the majority of those are out of the child's control. The hand the child is dealt is 80% dependent on the decisions of others and only 20% on their own pre-disposition to independence and optimism.
So, it's not necessarily about the numbers, but more of what you were subjected to as a child, but now as an adult, how you can use that knowledge to provide for yourself what you did not receive as a child. You build your own resiliency to defeat those odds against you.
If a child has a high ACE score and a low resilience score, as an adult one might look at themselves and their behaviours to see if they are trying to 1) try to fill a void of not feeling loved, 2) being distrustful of others, a belief that there is no such thing as a solid support system because they feel that they are not worthy of something that's too good to be true, 3) overcompensating for a lack/excess of structure in their childhood by replacing that as an adult with something else - from lashing out against authority in a life of crime, to escapism via drug or alcohol. A result of a lack of independence may be reflected in becoming dependent on another, getting into unhealthy relationships that foster co-dependency. A lack of hope leading to suicide attempts or self-sabotaging behaviours.
When those specific issues have been identified, the adult child can now formulate a strategy on how to provide those things for themselves in a healthy way to re-build resiliency and a love of life.
In essence, taking control (in balance) of their own lives.
MBTI and Enneagram are both good tools for self-discovery and self-improvement. However imperfect the ACE index maybe, it's analysis and subsequent dialogue could offer some insight that contributes to your own personal development.
So, your "score" does not mean it's a competition to see who had it worse, but an indicator of the hand you were dealt. As an adult, you can work to your way back to health and control over those factors. If you're a teen or younger and still in the throes of trauma, you can build your own resilience by holding onto hope. A belief that things will get better, and that you can make it better one day.
Traumatic experience altering the personality