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The Unconscious Community is the real-life story of author Patrice Griffin's childhood, filled with psychological and physical abuse, and her eventual return to society, overcoming overwhelming odds to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Patrice grows up in a healthy family with a loving grandmother, but things turn sour after her father abandons them for a crack addict and her mother kicks her out of the house to live on the streets. Things take a turn for the worse as she finds herself at the mercy of members of the Black Boots Movement of the '90s and their high ranking members start taking turns violating her and make her life a living hell. She eventually gets out, and after years of therapy and counseling, she finally learns to deal with her trauma and anxiety to become a key member of society.
The Unconscious Community is a harrowing tale of a child that expertly showcases how parental neglect and an unstable environment can lead to a disastrous impact on the psyche of a child, which can affect their lives for years. Author Patrice Griffin lays bare her troubled life with a sharp, concise, and powerful narrative that hits your soul with waves of anger and grief. She delves deep into her experiences of abuse at the hands of some prominent members of society who seem to leave no stone unturned in taking advantage of a child. She also documents her experiences with anxiety and PTSD. The Unconscious Community is a raw, powerful, and inspirational book that is a must-read for anyone interested in learning about childhood trauma.