Survival of the Kindest: Fritzi Horstman – Forgive yourself

Fritzi Horstman – Forgive Yourself


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CW: Abuse, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma

Fritzi Horstman’s life turned around when she started to learn about trauma, and adverse childhood experiences. The insight into something which had flavoured her entire life, and the ability to now address this something that had lain dormant and unacknowledged for so long, formed part a great of a compassionate drive and inspiration to start the Compassion Prison’s Project. Fritzi’s understanding that we can be almost exclusively shaped by adverse childhood experiences, and that this is far more present in society that we would care to admit, coincided with her visiting a prison for the first time. Instead of seeing what we are trained to see, (ne’er-do-wells) she saw kindred spirits; fellow human’s also suffering, also weighed down, also living in a state of constant fear created by the experience of many great traumas. 

Her work has allowed many to access emotions for so many men and women who are suffering imprisonment, to find forgiveness for themselves so that they can move beyond living in the moment of trauma that they are in. Her extraordinary film Step Inside the Circle shows how the impact of trauma shapes our society, how many of those we imprison are actually some of the most traumatised people, and that becoming a trauma aware culture has unlimited transformational potential. 

Mentioned in the Episode

Fritzi Horstman Twitter

Compassion Prison Project Website Twitter DONATE

Step Inside the Circle

The Defiant Ones Trailer 

Hustle 2.0 – A Mail Based Correspondence Program For Incarcerated People

John Kabat-Zinn

The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel van der Kolk

The Presence Process – Michael Brown

Thomas Hübl

Vincent Feletti, Robert Ander research (ACE and adult health)

The Aspen Institute – Weave

ABCD Institute started by John McKnight

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