The need for a right-brain revolution

The need for a right-brain revolution

Schore (2012) writes that radical expansion of knowledge in social and affective neuroscience and the paradigm shift (from a focus on cognition to emotion) has implication for the political and cultural organisation of society. McGilChrist (2009) notes how the right...
Public health, prevention and violence

Public health, prevention and violence

A major obstacle to creating a more peaceful society is failing to recognise that all of our human systems are ‘trauma-organised’ (Bloom, 2018). In this dynamic there is the victim, the perpetrator and the absence of a protector. In the trauma-organised system it is a...
Prevention and cultural transformation

Prevention and cultural transformation

There is now evidence for the idea that ‘the baby is the father of the man’ (Karr-Morse and Wiley, 1997). This understanding is part of a ‘quiet revolution’ in our own species understanding of itself. Our earliest experiences become ‘biologically rooted’ in the brain...
The role of community and connection in health and illness

The role of community and connection in health and illness

McGilChrist (2009) describes the world of the left hemisphere which is becoming increasingly dominant in the western world. There is a preference for the impersonal over the personal. Social cohesion and bonds between people as well as the bonds between people and...
Collective trauma, healing-centred engagement and the arts

Collective trauma, healing-centred engagement and the arts

There is a growing realisation that trauma is not just an individual experience but a collective one (Machiodi, 2020). Reparation does not just occur in the therapy room but needs to be completed by reintegrating with the community. But if the environment is not safe...