Category Archives: Adversity

Baboons in suits


Robert Sapolsky on how hierarchy has a destructive force in body and psyche in individuals and community. He is talking about baboons, the ones he’s observed for decades along with the effects of stress upon health and behaviour. His observation … Continue reading

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Pathways from surviving adverse experiences to being deemed “psychotic


We will likely be told we have “lost touch with reality”, whatever that means, when the truth is it’s really not hard to understand: we are struggling to feel safe in the world. Continue reading

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Zen-ass-dude in The Pain Cave


Taylor Phinney, “zen-ass-dude” and pro-cyclist and time-trial specialist on how all the voices in his head are “bread-and-butter “ “you kinda got to get to that point to be able to win any of these bike races”. The image below … Continue reading

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Hurt – Johnny Cash


I hurt myself today To see if I still feel I focus on the pain The only thing that’s real         Johnny Cash I hurt myself today To see if I still feel I focus on the … Continue reading

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the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority


The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority. Martin Luther King Jr.

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I can’t stand up for falling down – Elvis Costello


I can’t stand up for falling down I can’t stand up for falling down   “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down” I’m the living result I’m a man who’s been hurt a little too much And I’ve tasted the … Continue reading

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Trauma means Wound


Trauma means “wound”.
That’s it, no shit. Continue reading

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A person given a diagnosis of “psychosis” is 15 times more likely to …


Wonder how the “voice inside your head”  finished off that sentence… Some straight talking… Here’s some data: A person who has been given a diagnosis of psychosis is three times more likely to have been abused as a child than … Continue reading

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A long, complex and stubborn history with trauma


Bessel van der Kolk  at bigthink.org offers  a potted history of psychiatry and society’s difficult relationship with trauma. Psychiatry started as study of what were then deemed bizarre behaviours, but discovered they were understandable when considered in context with extraordinary … Continue reading

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Those who hear voices…


There are those who hear voices and those who haven’t yet. Continue reading

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