In the month since writing my last editorial the world has experienced an almost unprecedented turmoil. The covid-19 virus has affected us all, as it infected millions. Sadly, many lives have been lost.
It is hard to imagine this extent of loss of life. In my 66 years I have not witnessed anything like it, but there are generations before me who have. Can this time give us pause to consider those that suffer, through no fault of their own, every day: victims of hunger, poverty, war, disease, violence and abandonment?
Being a citizen of this world does not guarantee survival, let alone kindness, love and compassion. What can we do? Is it possible to answer such a question in an editorial? Probably not, at least, not in detail. But, there is a colloquial catch-phrase: a glimmer of hope. When we see that glimmer, it can that lead us toward something?
Serendipitously, we touch on the answer in this issue. Terry Marks-Tarlow discusses the concept of fractals in an excerpt of her new book, A Fractal Epistemology for a Scientific Psychology: Bridging the Personal with the Transpersonal. A “fractal” is the concept where each part has a characteristic of the whole – from a glimmer we can gain insight about the sun. We present Part 1 of her chapter Dreams, Synchrony and Synchronicity in this issue, with Part 2 in June.
In that context, can everything we encounter hold something that can potentially be a transport to something or somewhere more? I have always felt transported when I hear or read Lou Cozolino and we have an excerpt from his new book, The Pocket Guide to Neuroscience for Clinicians
. We are introduced to his wondrous description of The Emergence of the Social Brain
We are transported in another way to Italy where our colleague, Flavio Cannistra, shares an article written especially for the Science of Psychotherapy in advance of his new book. He takes us through his Single Session Therapy: The Italian Method. Flavio’s work is associated with organizations in Australia and the USA. The article speaks to more than just a method, but also an approach to therapy.
To complete the issue, I was pleased to receive a book review from past contributor Gunnel Minett. We are taken into the pages of Therapy in the Age of Neuroscience, A Guide for Counsellors and Therapists by Peter Afford and treated with Gunnel’s unique and expansive perspective.
We may need to pause and consider, but at the same time, continue and persist in all those things we regularly engage. I hope and wonder if there are some “glimmers” in this issue for and what those glimmers might create.
Best wishes and be well.
RICHARD HILL | EDITOR
The Emergence of the Social Brain
by Louis Cozolino
Single Session Therapy: The Italian Method
by Flavio Cannistrà
Dreams, Synchrony, and Synchronicity
by Terry Marks-Tarlow
Therapy in the Age of Neuroscience, A Guide for Counsellors and Therapists
by Review by Gunnel Minett