Archive for the ‘ Enduring Effects Of Trauma ’ Category

Lubavitcher-Rebbe-and Vaccinations

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

One of the Lubavitcher Rebbe`s letters on vaccinations is being interpreted by some as an open endorsement of current Vaccination Laws. (The Rebbe encourages one not to deviate from accepted medical norms). This endorsement, however, was predicated by the assumption that Manufacturers adhere to proper standards of safety and quality-control. According to Scientists from Merck, an unintended consequence of the 1986 “Vaccine Protection Act” was that, in contrast to all other drugs being developed (beginning in Non-Primates, and leading sequentially to Non-Human Primates, and finally healthy volunteers) and only released upon completion of such rigorous Safety Field Trials. In contrast, vaccines would now receive an EZ-Pass, exempt from the Field-Trials designed to protect the target-population from ever having to resort to injury-litigation. This was the condition that the Rebbe referred to as “internal quality – control”


Friday, December 7th, 2018

First-responders are those rescuers that are first to arrive at any catastrophic event – whether “natural” (such as a flood or earthquake) or man-made (such as mass school-shootings or terrorist attacks). The knowledge obtained by studying enduring psychological reactions among rescuers has far-reaching public health implications. Following the spate of deadly mass-shootings over the past Read more…

Letting your Child “Cry it out”: A big No-No according to Scientific Studies

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Darcia Narvaez, an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, recently wrote in Psychology Today how excessive crying out could be dangerous for children, leading to a lifetime of harm.   In trauma research, foraging patterns are used to study stress responses by replicating different attachment models. A research team led by Read more…

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…

Israel`s Yom Kippur debacle as reported in Golda Meir`s Autobiography

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

In my book Modern Political Terrorism, I attempt to explain that there are usually three parties involved in domestic or political abuse (Published by Richard Altschuler & Associates 2007). Since Israel was established as a sovereign State in 1948, despite continuous boycotts and sanctions from the U.N., Europe and many of the African and Muslim Read more…

To this day, America`s Foreign-Policy template is based on an assumption that Israel needs to make “painful territorial concessions”

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Following the Holocaust, the “League of Nations” was expanded in size and authority into a collective world body named “The United Nations” to serve the collective function of civilization charged with the mission to protect civilian minorities from a repetition of another holocaust. Shortly after the establishment of the Jewish State a tragic irony emerged characterized by a pattern of ante-Israeli scapegoat-ism. Israel first turned to France, and then to the U.S. as its sole ally. The Yom Kippur War exposed how this decision placed Israel in peril. The final chapter of this deception in now being openly and shamelessly displayed.

Psychological Trauma- The full spectrum

Friday, May 17th, 2013

In my article on “The Cardinal Symptoms of Psychological Trauma,” I identified the most common symptoms of psychological trauma that could potentially afflict any given individual who has experienced abuse, battery and/or assault. These symptoms also follow natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and situations involving prolonged interpersonal trauma, such as being held as a hostage. Read more…

Are Symptoms of Civilian Trauma Due To PTSD ?

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

“Following the Twin Tower terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the July 2005 bombings of the London mass transit system, results of national surveys appeared to indicate that there was an initial stress response affecting large percentages of the population, followed by some form of natural habituation in the majority.   In the National Read more…

PTSD, Complex Trauma, and DESNOS – Different Models of Psychological Trauma

Monday, October 11th, 2010

While classic PTSD is dominated by symptoms of “reliving the trauma” (referring to symptoms such as flashbacks, fear and arousal, and avoidance behaviors, victims of prolonged interpersonal abuse present with an entirely different spectrum of impairments in personality structure and functioning. These include difficulties with emotional regulation, attention, and perceptions of oneself and the world, as well as a reduced sense of autonomy and personal agency. Another area of self-function that becomes derailed as a result of prolonged abuse pertains to the formation of distorted cognitive schemas responsible for negotiating interpersonal relationships. Even in work and marriage these victims seem unconsciously compelled to return to abusive relationships in which they reenact their inner trauma-generated schemas.

Intifada and the Continuous Terror Paradigm

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I would like to introduce the concept of “Continuous Terror Paradigm”, proposed by Dr. Shalev and colleagues from Hadassah University Hospital. While many studies in psychological literature evaluate PTSD following a discrete traumatic occurrence, the recent article by Dr. Shalev and colleagues evaluates the effect of continuous terror by examining the occurrence of general distress, Read more…