Trauma and the metaphor of lost clusters

Trauma is a memory problem. A trauma experience may interfere with our ability to establish and maintain a coherent network of explicit and implicit memory about an event. Trauma occurs when the combination of conscious (explicit) and unconscious (implicit) memory systems related to a very frightening or confronting event lose connections in the brain (central … Read more Trauma and the metaphor of lost clusters

Do the right thing … and everyone benefits

The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) have published a very helpful guide to how the Covid-19 transmission rate is tracking, and the one number we need to be most aware of. There is also comparative data for other countries tracking this. Of course, such data is only helpful when (1) the method of collecting and recording … Read more Do the right thing … and everyone benefits

Getting it right first time … when the risk is high

Sure, it is so much easier when we contemplate risk at the individual level. When people take responsibility for the consequences of their actions. People will risk death, as improbable as that might be, in the pursuit of adventure, exhilaration, exploration, research, innovation, to be the first, or to become elite. So many reasons. And … Read more Getting it right first time … when the risk is high

Nature is best … in times of crisis … to soothe us all

In these unprecedented times, when we are prevented from accessing our usual leisure and pleasure activities, when self-isolation, loss of employment or purpose, significant anxiety or substantial stress are taking an emotional toll, take every opportunity to stay connected to nature, to reset. Watch a sunrise or observe a sunset from a beautiful vantage point … Read more Nature is best … in times of crisis … to soothe us all

Humans struggle with not knowing … and that’s the challenge

In our reckoning, humans as higher order animals are stricken with the phenomenon of becoming anxious as they imagine a possible future. We can contemplate various and divergent possibilities but sadly for many, it is the belief in the likelihood of a worst case scenario that causes the most angst. Now. To spoil the present. … Read more Humans struggle with not knowing … and that’s the challenge

Stress is the gateway to opposing surviving – thriving states

I visited a beautiful place. But there were signs there warning of danger lurking. Indeed, my freedom of movement was curtailed by the closure of my intended pathway. Starting innocently with joy in my heart, I ended with the mixed emotions of exhilaration and mild fear. So how does one proceed when there is a … Read more Stress is the gateway to opposing surviving – thriving states

The gift of trust. Nurtured through love and self-sacrifice.

Parents everywhere may be aware of or even discover how much their children are instinctively willing to trust them. First to be with them, and soon enough, to extend their boundaries of exploration so they can learn. Indeed, to maximise and optimise their learning by gently encouraging incremental risk-taking behaviour with the infant knowing and … Read more The gift of trust. Nurtured through love and self-sacrifice.