The research on trauma shows the alarming impact it has on our children in the United States. One would think in a country as sophisticated as the USA the incidences of trauma would be minimal. This is not true.
We have begun to discuss how real and prevalent trauma is in our society, particularly in the lives of our children. The impact of trauma—from a neuroscientific perspective—can often be like an emotional injury. One author calls it an emotional concussion, and the seriousness (impact) will be based on the nature of the trauma.
As we approach the serious topic of trauma, particularly in children, it is important that we are careful to define what trauma is. Often the term is used to encompass any difficult experience. Sometimes it is used in humor as when people tease each other about how they impact one another. To avoid any misunderstandings about how trauma […]
We have just experienced the 10th anniversary of 911. We have been moved by the individual stories of heroism, family and incredible unity that emerged through the catastrophic loss. I have been impressed by the wonderful expressions of support for the children, families and rescue professionals affected by 911. The tribute inspired us, but the tragedy still affects us.
It is hard to believe that this Sunday we will be experiencing the 10thyear anniversary of the catastrophe of 911. It was a day we grieved the loss of almost 3,000. It was also a day when we were inspired by the heroism of thousands of professionals and volunteers who bravely gave of their time and talent […]
I am writing this post on Memorial Day, a day where we as a country acknowledge, remember and grieve the loss of loved ones who have served our country over the years in World Wars, the Korean War, Viet Nam, 911, or current struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan. We also remember those who in times of […]
We are discussing some of the reasons and causes why people become violent. My last posts referred to the work of James Gilligan and preventing violence. Today, I’ll look at Gilligan’s important finding of the link between shame, fear and violence.
In my last post, I reviewed the research of James Gilligan on the issue of violence. Gilligan did a significant amount of work with inmates and discovered what we think is a profound premise concerning the link between shame and violence.
Some of the most profound research on the issue of violence has come from James Gilligan. In his book, Preventing Violence, Mr. Gilligan draws from his experience in the prisons and prison mental hospital in Massachusetts as former Director of Psychiatric Services. He was also on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for over 25 years. […]
As we consider the topic of violence, it is important that we understand the role of anger as it relates to aggressive or violent acts.