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Jan'18

Dissociation, Lack of Association, and Multiplicity

Dissociation is a normal and useful capacity of mind. In a basic sense, our abilities to focus attention, to separate figure from ground, and to concentrate deeply are manifestations of a dissociative capacity on which we all rely. Hypnosis relies on dissociative abilities; and deep concentration relies on absorption, an aspect of dissociation.

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07

Jan'18

“Trauma-Worlds”
Life In a Reality Shaped by Fearfulness, Disconnection, and Shame

If our childhood is emotionally wounding, survival systems are activated in both our minds and bodies. As a result, we live our lives from inside a reality which is different to the one we would have inhabited had we not been wounded. This parallel reality is embodied in the biological systems that mediate both our emotions and our perceptions of ourselves and other people.

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07

Jan'18

Engaging Parts: Getting Unstuck

When trauma processing becomes blocked by defensive-protective “Parts”, the Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) offers a unique perspective and set of interventions that expand our treatment options. Like other modalities that work with “Parts”, “Self-States” or “Ego-States’, IFS emphasizes the normal multiplicity of the mind.

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02

Dec'17

The Power of Preying
Why Men Target Women in the Workplace

The recent firestorm of allegations made by several female actors of unwanted sexual advances and rape seems to have exposed yet another powerful man, Harvey Weinstein, as a sexual predator. Weinstein’s predation, like that of his counterparts Bill Cosby, Louis CK and Anthony Weiner, appears to have been fully calculated.

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19

Nov'17

What Is Freedom?

As often happens via social media, a stimulating quote by Buddhist teacher Ken McLeod found its way into my email box:   “What is freedom? It is the moment-by-moment experience of not being run by one’s own reactive mechanisms.”

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05

Nov'17

The Process of Resilience
Part 1: Being on Behalf of the Self

I want to lay out what I mean by resilience and how I think it can and should be a more useful and subtle concept for clinicians than it traditionally is. I want also to link different manifestations of resilience to the range of affect regulating capacities that people may or may not possess.

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