Trauma’s Impact on the Essential Arts of Personhood w/ Dr. Peg O’Connor Ph.D.


[Episode 101 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast]

Dr. Peg O’Connor, a philosopher, visits Paul Krauss, MA, LPC, on the Intentional Clinician podcast to discuss how trauma may damage people’s capacity to nurture what one philosopher refers to as “the essential arts of person-hood.” The fundamental skills of personhood include the ability to imagine, hope, feel empathy, control one’s body, and inhabit oneself. Lacking those makes it much harder for someone to have respect for themselves, which in turn makes it much harder to act fully morally and be perceived as such by others. The linkages between trauma and people’s capacity to develop the fundamental skills of personhood are discussed in this episode by trauma-informed therapist Paul Krauss MA LPC and Dr. Peg O’Connor.

Peg O’Connor is a Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, recovering alcoholic of 35 years, and author of Higher and Friendly Powers: Transforming Addiction and Suffering (Wildhouse Publications, 2022) and Life on the Rocks: Finding Meaning in Addiction and Recovery (Central Recovery Press, 2016). She writes the column “Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken” for

In her free time, Peg is an avid tennis player and a black belt in taekwondo. She has worked in dog rescue for about 10 years and finds that her faith in humanity can be simultaneously shattered by meeting mistreated animals and restored by colleagues who are fiercely loving and caring advocates. Her own dog, Clooney, is a rescue and they spend their days together in the great Minneapolis area.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, an Approved EMDRIA Consultant , host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Paul has been quoted in the Washington PostNBC NewsWired Magazine, and Counseling Today. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

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Original Music:

”Alright” from the forthcoming album Mystic by PAWL (Spotify)

“Gymnopédie No. 1” from Gymnopédie No. 1 by Joseph Shabason (Spotify)

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