In gathering intelligent information with my clients, I will at some point get an ACE score. An ACE score is a score from 1-10 that is based on Adverse Childhood Experiences. I talked a lot about ACE in my talk on EPT™ and Sexual Heath linked here.
Here is a link to get your ACE (out of 10) and your resiliency score (out of 14). In EPT™ we use the ACE score as a kind of map to see what we will need to work on. You can’t change your adverse childhood experiences, but you can change the way you feel about and respond to them in order to break the cycle in your life and family.
From a medical and mental health perspective, the ACE score is pretty scary because the higher your ACE score the higher the likelihood that you will have medical and mental health issues, and therefore, a lower life expectancy. Your resiliency score may mitigate some of this, and some research has shown that mindfulness also helps to mitigate negative ACE outcomes.
EPT™ works to tackle ACEs head on in order to increase self-love, self-compassion, self-forgiveness, honesty and authenticity, as well as decrease entitlement to anger and suffering in order to live one’s life without being driven by unconscious ACE reactions, or killing oneself by inducing chronic illnesses.
Correlation does not necessarily connote causation, but if you find yourself looking, and see that you have a high ACE score (greater than 5), it’s going to take serious work to heal yourself and future generations. Even if you are unwilling to do the emotional work right away, it is important for someone with a high ACE score to take great care of their body with regular exercise, healthy dieting, and regular prayer, meditation, or mindfulness. If you find after all that physical work, that your body is still not cooperating, you’ll know it’s time to tackle the tough emotional stuff from your past. If not for yourself, then for your children and family.
So, what is the ACE score? It’s just a permanent number that tells health professionals how much work you may need.
And what does it mean? For health professionals, it can seem daunting because you can’t change the past to fix the present. But now that you know your ACE, you can start your journey to greater health and happiness by facing these issues head on.
AND if you don’t have an ACE, or have a low score, chances are that your physical and emotional issues are still related, but are SUPER manageable and may even be due to an acute trauma easily resolved with EPT™.