Volume 6 Issue 5 (May 2018)
It’s always hard to believe, when May comes around, that nearly half the year has passed. Time is a tempestuous concept that follows us about and can take us by surprise. In my recent journeys to conferences in the US and Cambodia, the presence of time and how it interacts with our psychobiology was a surprising theme to emerge, which is something I address in the Last Word for this month, where I reflect on my travels in three continents and ask the question: “What is our Future?”
From the new release of Neuro-Narrative Therapy: New Possibilities for Emotion-Filled Conversations, by Jeffrey Zimmerman (Norton, 2018), we are pleased to republish a chapter from this outstanding work, “Toward a Neuro-Narrative Therapy: Histories of the Present Revisited.” As noted in the foreword, Jeff has integrated narrative therapy and neuroscience in a unique manner. The whole book is thought-provoking and inspiring.
Our other feature article, “A New Connection Between Stress and Cancer, and a Psychosocial Genomic Approach to Therapy” comes from Ernest and Kathryn Rossi with some discussion from myself. The Rossis have brought to our attention important new research on the relationship of stress and cancer and the potential benefits of therapeutic approaches that create the beneficial conditions we need in order to stop, or at least slow down, the harmful processes that cause cancerous growth and metastasis. We must keep our minds attuned to the possibilities that this new information provides, albeit with a sense of caution as well as wonder.
As we explore the ways in which healing can be stimulated and facilitated by various approaches, I thought it timely that we remind ourselves of the beneficial possibilities that can arise in the face of trauma. Post-traumatic growth is a natural and important aspect of human psychobiology. It’s not possible to avoid all difficulties and struggles and the possibility of resulting traumas. This is a part of life. The key is, how can we manage trauma and how can we turn trauma into something beneficial in our lives? We’ll explore this over two parts, starting in this issue and concluding in the next.
The Neuropsychotherapist seeks to inform about those things that are making a difference. We want to hear from you about the ideas that new research stimulates in your mind. Application and integration of theory and research is how we will best develop the practice of neuropsychotherapy. We’re only at the very beginning of the possibilities in this field.
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Jeff Zimmerman explores the history and role of neuroscience in narrative therapy in his chapter “Toward a Neuro-Narrative Therapy: Histories of the Present Revisited”. He looks at the development of narrative therapy in the different social contexts it has grown up in and what this means for today’s narrative therapeutic approach.
A new connection between stress and cancer, and a psychosocial genomic approach to therapy
We all know that stress is not good for our health, and the connection between chronic stress and cancer seems obvious these days. But what is the actual relationship involved? This article explains some of the mechanics to both the stress–cancer connection and some of the treatments.
Ernest Rossi, Richard Hill, Kathryn Rossi
- Applied NPT: Experiencing Trauma and the Arc of Recovery
- Last Word: What is our future?