Volume 6 Issue 2 (February 2018)
Our awareness of differentiated elements and aspects can sometimes blur our sense of the greater whole. Humans tend to be more aware of what is close or proximal. We are also more aware of things that might be a danger or threat as our attention hones in on the problem. There may be good reasons in the moment to be unaware of the bigger picture, but as Rollin McCraty points out, this is not good all the time. In “Coherence: The Heart Connection to Personal, Social and Global Health”, McCraty explores the concept and benefits of coherence and explains how, in essence, we do well to appreciate the relationship of the individual elements to the greater whole. McCraty has researched the use of HeartMath® to build and develop connection and integration of whole body systems, or coherence.
The principle of coherence expresses itself throughout this issue. Suzanne Podolski takes us into the courtroom and examines the way that neuroscience is being used in determining the mental state of the accused and degree of responsibility for their actions. Her case examples give us pause and leave me with the feeling that coherence has not been achieved quite yet. Pokdolski’s article is a bold step toward improving that.
We regularly present bite-sized segments of current neuropsychotherapy news—but what do we do with them? Our slightly longer Short Cut this month takes a step toward integrating a collection of research and finding the coherence between them, but there is always more that can be made of the information we bring to you. Another surprise is the article by David Treleaven from his forthcoming book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing (W. W. Norton & Co). He looks into the nature of mindfulness as a therapy for trauma victims and shows that it is necessary for us to be aware of both the benefits and potential dangers of mindfulness meditation. In another expression of global coherence, our Spotlight article this month shines on Egyptian psychiatrist, Dr. Sherif Darwish, whose speciality is addiction therapy. Dr. Darwish set up the Recovery Center in Alexandria, Egypt, to help recovered addicts who had nowhere to turn when discharged from hospital. He reminds us that the world is full of good-hearted practitioners and that our world is much larger than we might be aware.
In the light of seeking, exploring, and finding coherence, The Neurospychotherapist offers opportunities for readers to create their own, personally meaningful whole, rather than just to see a set of isolated, albeit interesting, facts.
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COHERENCE: THE HEART CONNECTION TO PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND GLOBAL HEALTH
We are all part of a complex interconnected network. Rollin McCraty explains, from the individual to the global, how this system demonstrates coherence—a harmony within and between. This is a fascinating exploration of the science of harmony, from personal self-regulation to global energy fields.
NEUROSCIENCE IN COURT: YOUR BEHAVIOR ON TRIAL
Insight into the use of neuroscience and expert testimony in the court system and the growing need for expert witnesses with a grounding in the science of neuropsychotherapy. This article raises important questions about the intentionality, responsibility, and control over criminal behaviour in the light of brain disorders.
- Short Cut
- Applied NPT