Volume 6 Issue 1 (January 2018)
What is your story? As we enter the exciting possibilities of 2018, what is the story we carry with us and how does our story create our sense of self? These questions and more are dealt with in a fascinating contribution by Gail Noppe-Brandon about mindfully listening to client narratives. The way in which we shine a light on our story is very important. The way that we allow light to shine on us is also important when that light is from the Sun. This valuable source of Vitamin D is an important requirement for our mental well-being. Our interview with Dr. Lori Ann Russell-Chapin teaches us even more about the problem of SAD—seasonal affective disorder. There are many things we can do, starting with becoming more aware.
Our Short Cut this month reminds us of the beneficial value of kindness and compassion. It is important to remind ourselves to continually explore how we can be a part of the healing process which leads to our book review that takes a special look at how we can work with trauma.
So, let 2018 be a year when our light shines, when it shines upon us and when we can transform the light within us to do good work. I do hope you enjoy our offerings this month and for all we have in store for you in 2018.and may the New Year be all that it can be.
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MINDFUL LISTENING: CULLING AND SHAPING CLIENT NARRATIVES
Narratology is the practice of “storying”, the sharing of an authentic account of what happened as we perceived it. In this article narratologist Gail Noppe-Brandon explains the transformative power of story and some tips on how to apply it to your life and practice.
SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER: SAD
Dr. Lori Ann Russell-Chapin, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences at Bradley University in Illinois, talks to Richard Hill about seasonal affective disorder, sunlight and neurofeedback. She also reinforces the importance of a holistic approach to therapy and the increasingly significant role neurocounselling is having in psychotherapy today.
Richard Hill & Lori Ann Russell-Chapin
- Short Cut
Are there any articles written on or about Jaak Panksepp in your magazine or any other publications since his recent death? Do you know of anyone planning to write on him and his 7 emotional brains theory? Do you know of his work being challenged by Lisa Barret and has anyone written on this or going to write on this.
Please keep me informed.
Thanks, Jack a friend of Jaak’s
Sandra Paulsen has written and worked with Panksepp. She is at the Bainbridge Institute on Bainbridge Island, WA.
Thank you, Harriet. I viewed Sandra’s moving eulogy on Youtube some time ago. I did a search on her name for any new articles but could not find any by her on Jaak versus Barrett.
I have not read articles since Jaak’s death that are contra Barrett on her attempted take down of his work. The most recent such article I have found is
“How should neuroscience study emotions? by distinguishing emotion states, concepts, and experiences” by Ralph Adolphs Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2017
I am non-plussed by Barrett’s assertion in notes for her book “How Emotions are Made” where she states Jaak’s work involving electrical stimulation studies fail to support his hypotheses of his 7 emotional brains and she quotes Valenstein to back her.
If anyone can point me to articles on this debate I would be grateful.