The Hidden Trauma of Circumcision - Ronald Goldman, PhD #20

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In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, I talk with Dr. Ronald Goldman — author of Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma and the leading expert in the field — about the deep, oft-repressed psychological trauma stemming from circumcision. 

Episode Breakdown:

  • How Dr. Goldman became involved with circumcision awareness
  • The difference between Jewish perspective and non-religious perspective
  • Mainstream media’s avoidance of balanced circumcision reporting
  • Psychological trauma of circumcision
  • The horrifying process of circumcision
  • Informed consent
  • One thing you can do to raise awareness of this issue
  • What is foreskin, and what does it do?
  • Repressed feelings of circumcised men 


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Meet Ronald

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., a psychologist, educator, and writer, is the founder and Executive Director of the Circumcision Resource Center in Boston, a nonprofit educational organization. His groundbreaking investigation of the unacknowledged adverse psychological and social aspects of circumcision includes hundreds of contacts with men, parents, Jews, and medical and mental health professionals.

Dr. Goldman is internationally known for his expert work on circumcision and is the author of Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma and Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective. The first book, with a foreword by renowned anthropologist Ashley Montagu, is endorsed by dozens of professionals in mental health, medicine, and social science. It includes original work on the connections between circumcision and trauma for infants and the men they become. Other writing has appeared in medical journals, newspapers, parenting publications, and Jewish periodicals. 

Dr. Goldman's presentations on circumcision and its effects are offered independently to professionals, universities, expectant parents, men, and the Jewish community. He also provides counseling for those making the circumcision decision and men who have issues connected with their circumcision. Read his full bio here.

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