Robert Scaer – New Traumatology and the Trauma Spectrum

Trauma is not what happened in the past but it is about how we experience what happens now.

How we experience this moment is shaped by how we experienced every moment we experienced before this one.

If we experience event that threaten our safety in a state of helplennsess we can becom etraumatised- wounded. to b etraumatised – wounded- means we live our live fro mthis moment in a different body, different mind, different relationship with the world.
The ways in which this can affect us and our health are unlimited and challenge medical understanding and mdical diagnostic categorisation.

Resilience grows from adversity too, we will move through life with our own trauma burden and  resilience reportoir, some  combination of both that is unique to us, shaped by our unique experience of the world.

Trauma is not what happened, it is the wounds we carry from how we experience being in the world..
These wounds shape how and who we are in this moment. Wounds can heal, how do we learn to heal?
How do we learn to supoport each other in our healing?

“In western medicine we mistakenly categorise trauma by what happened
when in fact it is the effect left within us from our experience.”

Robert Scaer

In this conversation Robert Scaer talks about how he came to his understanding of how trauma works in the mind brain body continuum covered in his books.

Front CoverThe Body Bears The Burden 
Trauma, dissociation and disease.

Originally written for Doctors. In hope that some reading it might change their minds.

In the vid you’ll hear him talking about 1st edition -writen for medical professionals, 2nd edition  revised for ordinary folks [non doctors]. There is also now a 3rd Edition.


The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human ResiliencyThe Trauma Spectrum
Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency

– which as you’ll here he originally wanted to call:
“Trauma Tells The Tale: Understanding your life”

“because I felt by this time that trauma was ubiquitous. It was in effect, in all of us in some ways, that every body experiences phenomena in their lives and that it had a profound effect on all of their life’s choices.”


The New Traumatology and The trauma Spectrum |  Part 1

The New Traumatology and The trauma Spectrum |  Part 2

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Imagine living in a country in which….

When even The Telegraph calls it domestic terrorism then …

Imagine living in a country where even going to the mall means you could get shot for the colour of your skin, religion, gender or…

Then when you struggle and seek help you get told its because there is something wrong with you.

Surely, the very definition of living in a terrorist state, and services that do this are complicit in creating such a state.

The chart from, The Telegraph, shows how the average number of days between random mass shootings in US has been dropping, including a dramatic drop in the latest decade.

Article describing how us laws framed to enable FBI to surveill and track actors connected with foreign powers make it very difficult to track internal actors inspired by a incumbent to the office of president  who openly spouts his white supremacist ideology.

And how a intelligence services in focussing on foreign threat totally took their ey eof fteh ball on internal threat even as it grews and became the greater threat…



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I still hear his voice – Joe Biden

Vice President Jo Biden talking with Stephen Colbert about the loss of his son, the grief, he experiences and how as part of that he still hears the voice of his son, and talks with him…

In western culture we teach ourselves and each other to fear eacj other and to fear such  experiences, to call it “mental illness” and to seek “help”, to get treatment and to take the drugs. Especially if it lasts for more than two weeks.

And all of that is all just so much bollocks.

[Note- see Dr Arseblog’s irrefutable law of interminable bollocks for the evidence.]

Plainly, this culture is fucked [and in many more way than merely this] and is itself dying.

Meanwhile, many, many  cultures round the world have more grown up ways of understanding such human experiences

Most 0- three in four- of us will have at least one period in our lives when we hear a voice that no on eelse hears, often around key life events like the loss of a loved one.

And most people, when they do,  find it meaningful, even if, when they come to talk with others about it they, like Biden say it seems kinda odd to do so.

Well fuck that, eh?

Hearing voices is not an illness
it is a human experience.

Biden:     “I do what I think works…”

“Bo is still with me…”
“I  hear his voice”
“It’s a constant reassurance”
“and its a constant… push”

Colbert:  “And Do you talk back to him?”

Biden:     “I do, actually”
“I know it sounds….

[at about 19:00 mins]


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Dear Doctor – MC Fubb

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The sun was beginning to bear down on the earth… Albert Camus

Heat makes life even more difficult for those who have been estranged from our society- made ousiders by politics, economics and more than a smidgeon of good old not giving a fuck about those we see as not like us.

Seems we don’t just blame folks who find themselves struggling, we punish them.

TVO on how response from Cities across Ontario is just inadequate.

How Soaring Temperatures Are Affecting Ontario’s Homeless

“Inhuman and oppressive.”
Albert Camus


it was hot2

The sky was already
filled with light.

The sun was beginning
to bear down on the earth.

And it was getting hotter
by the minute.

It was Hot.

But today
with the sun bearing down
making the whole landscape
shimmer with heat
it was inhuman
and oppressive.

Albert Camus

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Trauma is the effect left within us by our experience….

Dr Robert Scaer…

“In Western medicine we incorrectly categorize trauma by the events that happen
when, in fact, it is the effect left within us by our experience. “

As he introduces himself here, “humble country traumatologist from Colorado” who, growing increasingly frustrated that the ten thousand or so patients for whom all his knowledge and skills didn’t “work” – people who had been in low speed car collisions, struggling with what he came to name “whiplash syndrome” –   started to look beyond his medical training and elsewhere – to the work of Peter Levine.

The he began to understand…

His book “The Trauma Spectrum” is one of a handful that I could feel myself healing as I read it.

This is a pretty good intro….



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I’ve learned we are never too small to make a difference – Greta Thunberg

My name is Greta Thunberg.

I am 15 years old. I am from Sweden.

I speak on behalf of Climate Justice Now.

Many people say that Sweden is just a small country and it doesn’t matter what we do.

But I’ve learned you are never too small to make a difference.

And if a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to.

But to do that, we have to speak clearly, no matter how uncomfortable that may be.

You only speak of green eternal economic growth because you are too scared of being unpopular.

You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake.

You are not mature enough to tell it like is.

Even that burden you leave to us children.

But I don’t care about being popular.

I care about climate justice and the living planet.

Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money.

Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury.

It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few.

The year 2078, I will celebrate my 75th birthday.

If I have children maybe they will spend that day with me.

Maybe they will ask me about you.

Maybe they will ask why you didn’t do anything while there still was time to act.

You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.

Until you start focusing on what needs to be done rather than what is politically possible, there is no hope.

We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis.

We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground, and we need to focus on equity.

And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself.

We have not come here to beg world leaders to care.

You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time.

We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not.

The real power belongs to the people.

Thank you.

#SchoolStrike4Climate #ClimateStrike #Youth4Climate #YouthUnstoppable #




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I want you to act

I don’t want your hope.
I don’t want you to be hopeful.
I want you to panic.
I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.
I want you to act.
I want you to act as you would in a crisis.
I want you to act as if the house is on fire,
because it is.

Geta Thunberg

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Illness? or Dangerous Gifts? Sascha Altman DeBrul

To label a state of being as “extreme” is  to pass judgement and to seek to box the unboxable, impose some prefered state order upon necessary chaos ?

So who gets to judge if what you experience is “extreme” ?
Who gets to name it?

What does it mean?
Not much really.
A diagnosis like any other ? Just more [subtly] imposed bollox” ? yet more of the latest “right thing to say”?

One person’s “extreme” is anothers’ mundane, ordinary, every day.
Extreme is relative to the observers limit of ability to accept chaos- especilly chaos in another.
Extreme is as much socially determined as any other categorical limit.

Extreme i simply what we have yet learned to accept occurs and accept that we can learn to be ok with.
Extreme today, difficult , useful or even tedious tomorrow.

Does “extreme” exerience it arise by itself or as response, in relation with extreme environment? threat to life? self  existence? being?

“Extreme states” certainly do exist – not so much in individual humans as in groups, societies, countries and run by extreme, hate filled politicians.
And they do seem to be on the rise right now.

Difficult experiences are part of life, what if we can learn to be ok midst even the most difficult?

What can we learn with and from each other about many ways we might do that ?

How do we create supports that enable learning, and sharing what we learned?

Who gets to choose how we do that and who gets to choose what we put in our bodies as part of how we do that?

Sascha Altman de Brul in Manchester as part of his punk world tour of UK, here shares and reflects from a different perspective – “illness” or “dangerous gifts”?

What’s more useful  as way of framing undestanding and living a life:
for you?

Vid by Andew Baxter…

<p><a href=”″>Extreme Experiences: Personal &amp; Collective Visions of Transformation</a> from <a href=””>IDHA-NYC</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Scorchio!!! Make Your Own $20 AC Unit

Toronto’s Public Health decided they can no longer be arsed to issue hot weather Alerts, so here’s one:


And, since Tronto Public Health also decided it cant be arsed to offer cooling centres for those most vulnerable, including the 120 people who die each year in Toronto from extreme heat and instead only offer what they call a “superior model” a website:

Stay cool with a spanky website that is basically a bunch of places open anyhoo and from which many folks will be turned away by City staff and Police and told: “go to the lake”.

So while Mayor John Tory is telling you to go there then when you do city staff tell you where to go..

Here’s another option…

Make your own AC unit.

Note: prices are from 2017 and likely in USD so …
Get together with your freinds and chip in…

Five [short] videos, five ways…




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