In Appreciation Of The Primal WoundIn Appreciation Of The Primal Wound” by Marcy Axness, Ph.D.

Dr. Marcy Axness, herself an adoptee, analyzes whether the primal  wound theory presents a fundamental human truth for adopted people or is it “an invitation to wallow.”  She concludes that ultimately adopted persons need to integrate the wound of separation to become fully evolved people, but not “before one has had the opportunity to wallow, to swim deeply and languorously in this place of long-craved empathy.”  The primal wound should not be about blame and guilt: it should be about understanding.