Archive for the ‘ Disorders of the Self ’ Category


Monday, July 22nd, 2019

To Carl Jung, the characters, events, and narratives described in the Bible and other primary source material such as Greek Mythology serve an Archetypal function. Archetypal images are more than historical occurrences, but serve as templates that drive subsequent patterns, functioning like D.N.A. prototypes for complex schemas that are hard-wired into creation. Archetypal forces predict Read more…


Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

I have described “Anomie” as a state of rapid deculturation observed among indigenous populations in North America subjected to rapid Westernization with the simultaneous removal of normative social-guidelines and normative behaviors that had evolved over generations, creating a sense of individual meaning, social cohesion, and a predictable social-habitat, so crucial to the development of sense-of meaning, empathy, sense-of-belonging, personal location, role, and hope for the future.

Creating a Therapeutic Narrative

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Jane`s nights are so fretful because as a single young woman she you remains “un-soothed”
Responding to victims of long-term deprivation and early object-loss by showing companionship and verbal validation can succeed in providing a temporary “holding-environment” to compensate for their poorly developed self-soothing skills by conjuring-up any early nurturing experiences that they did have.
What I have found, (and this is supported by the literature) is that having at least one “Good Caretaker” experience during the early “formative” years is crucial in allowing them to be responsive to a variety of brief empathic responses. This evokes early recollections of having been soothed, allowing them to ride-out these wilderness crises.

Type – I and Type – II Trauma Models

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Type I Trauma responses relate to a single terrifying event, often shocking or catastrophic, and usually totally unanticipated. Survivors of these events may suffer a wide array of symptoms, including intense fear, or even dissociation, where the individual’s awareness and ability to engage psychologically in the present is usurped by traumatic material or defenses. The Read more…

The Yom-Kippur debacle: How Israel`s underlying “Good Mother Complex” toward the U.S. almost proved fatal

Friday, January 30th, 2015

In my book titled Psychological Trauma, I attempt to explain the interpersonal dynamics of three functional entities involved in abuse, whether domestic or political (published by Authorhouse, 2015). A model posing a triad of predator, victim, and caretaker, applies both at the individual or community level. Since its establishment as a sovereign Jewish State in 1948, Read more…

Effects of prolonged trauma on Self-Functions

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

February 15, 2012 The core elements of the PTSD construct  consist primarily of  the three  “symptom-domains”,  of  “Intrusive Symptoms” (such as flashbacks), “Over-Arousal” (such as heightened vigilance and exaggerated startle-response), and ‘Avoidance”. This is the most common outcome to a single, life-threatening event  (or Type-I Trauma). In contrast, individuals subjected to repeated physical  or emotional “abuse”, Read more…