The Blue Mind Rx StatementOur wild waters provide vast cognitive, emotional, physical, psychological, social and spiritual values for people from birth, through adolescence, adulthood, older age and in death; wild waters provide a useful, widely available and affordable range of treatments healthcare practitioners can incorporate into treatment plans.The world ocean and all waterways, including lakes, rivers and wetlands (collectively, blue space), cover over 71% of our planet. Keeping them healthy, clean, accessible and biodiverse is critical to human health and well-being. In addition to fostering more widely documented ecological, economic and cultural diversities, our mental well-being, emotional diversity and resiliency also rely on the global ecological integrity of our waters.Blue space gives us half of our oxygen, provides billions of people with jobs and food, holds the majority of Earth's biodiversity including species and ecosystems, drives climate and weather, regulates temperature and is the sole source of hydration and hygiene for humanity throughout history. Neuroscientists and psychologists add that the ocean and wild waterways are a wellspring of happiness and relaxation, sociality and romance, peace and freedom, play and creativity, learning and memory, innovation and insight, elation and nostalgia, confidence and solitude, wonder and awe, empathy and compassion, reverence and beauty — and help manage trauma, anxiety, sleep, autism, addiction, fitness, attention/focus, stress, grief, PTSD, build personal resilience and much more.Chronic stress and anxiety cause or intensify a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease and more. Being on, in and near water can be among the most cost-effective ways of reducing stress and anxiety.We encourage healthcare professionals and advocates for the ocean, seas, lakes and rivers to go deeper and incorporate the latest findings, research and insights into their treatment plans, communications, reports, mission statements, strategies, grant proposals, media, exhibits, keynotes and educational programs and to consider the following simple talking points: •Water is the essence of life: The ocean, healthy rivers, lakes and wetlands are good for our minds and bodies.•Research shows that nature is therapeutic, promotes general health and well-being and blue space in both urban and rural settings further enhances and broadens cognitive, emotional, psychological, social, physical and spiritual benefits.•All people should have safe access to salubrious, wild, biodiverse waters for well-being, healing and therapy.•Aquatic biodiversity has been directly correlated with the therapeutic potency of blue space. Immersive human interactions with healthy aquatic ecosystems can benefit both.•Wild waters can serve as medicine for caregivers, patient families and all who are part of patients’ circles of support.•Realization of the full range and potential magnitude of ecological, economic, physical, intrinsic and emotional values of wild places requires us to understand, appreciate, maintain and improve the integrity and purity of one of our most vital of medicines — water.
Wallace J. Nichols
We can't leave the past in the past because, the past is who we are. It's like saying I wish I could forget English. So, there is no leaving the past in the past. It doesn't mean the past has to define and dominate everything in the future. The fact that I had a temper in my teens doesn't mean I have to be an angry person for the rest of my life. It just means that I had allot to be angry about but, didn't have the language and the understanding to know what it was and how big it was. I thought my anger was disproportionate to the environment which is what is called having a bad temper but, it just means that I underestimated the environment and my anger was telling me how wide and deep child abuse is in society but, I didn't understand that consciously so I thought my anger was disproportionate to the environment but, it wasn't. There is almost no amount of anger that's proportionate to the degree of child abuse in the world. The fantasy that you can not be somebody that lived through what you lived through is damaging to yourself and to your capacity to relate to others. People who care about you, people who are going to grow to love you need to know who you are and that you were shaped by what you've experienced for better and for worse. There is a great deal of challenge in talking about these issues. Lots of people in this world have been hurt as children. Most people have been hurt in this world as children and when you talk honestly and openly it's very difficult for people. This is why it continues and continues.If you can get to the truth of what happened if you can understand why people made the decisions they've made even if you dont agree with the reason for those decisions knowing the reasons for those decisions is enormously important in my opinion. The more we know the truth of history the more confidently we can face the future without self blame.
Stefan Molyneux
Упорствование в стремлении оправдать Сталина эффективностью управления и экономическими успехами; призывы не ворошить прошлое, дабы не разрушить с таким трудом добытую стабильность; отказ признавать реальное число жертв, хотя эти цифры в значительной мере установлены, вообще настойчивое предпочтение мифов реальности — все это защитная реакция, рациональная только отчасти.Чтобы защититься от тяжести сталинского наследства, индивидуальное и общественное бессознательное ищет заслоны, схроны, лазейки, выстраивает сложные механизмы дистанцирования и остранения, зеркалит обращенные к нему вопросы и обвинения, упрекая во внутренних проблемах выдуманных врагов, Запад, бандеровцев или национал-предателей. Но, как говорят психологи, важно ставить такого больного перед лицом фактов — заставлять смотреть, приучать к сознанию того, что он болен и нуждается в лечении.
Николай Эппле
In projecting onto others their own moral sense, therapists sometimes make terrible errors. Child physical abusers are automatically labeled impulsive, despite extensive evidence that they are not necessarily impulsive but more often make thinking errors that justify the assaults. Sexual and physical offenders who profess to be remorseful after they are caught are automatically assumed to be sincere. After all, the therapist would feel terrible if he or she did such a thing. It makes perfect sense that the offender would regret abusing a child. People routinely listen to their own moral sense and assume that others share it.Thus, those who are malevolent attack others as being malevolent, as engaging in dirty tricks, as being in it for the money and those who are well meaning assume others are too and keep arguing logically, keep producing more studies, keep expecting an academic debate, all the time assuming that the issue at hand is the truth of the matter.Confessions of a Whistle-Blower: Lessons Learned Author: Anna C. Salter. Ethics & Behavior, Volume 8, Issue 2 June 1998 p122
Anna C. Salter
It is necessary to make this point in answer to the `iatrogenic' theory that the unveiling of repressed memories in MPD sufferers, paranoids and schizophrenics can be created in analysis; a fabrication of the doctor—patient relationship. According to Dr Ross, this theory, a sort of psychiatric ping-pong 'has never been stated in print in a complete and clearly argued way'. My case endorses Dr Ross's assertions. My memories were coming back to me in fragments and flashbacks long before I began therapy. Indications of that abuse, ritual or otherwise, can be found in my medical records and in notebooks and poems dating back before Adele Armstrong and Jo Lewin entered my life. There have been a number of cases in recent years where the police have charged groups of people with subjecting children to so-called satanic or ritual abuse in paedophile rings. Few cases result in a conviction. But that is not proof that the abuse didn't take place and the police must have been very certain of the evidence to have brought the cases to court in the first place. The abuse happens. I know it happens. Girls in psychiatric units don't always talk to the shrinks, but they need to talk and they talk to each other. As a child I had been taken to see Dr Bradshaw on countless occasions; it was in his surgery that Billy had first discovered Lego. As I was growing up, I also saw Dr Robinson, the marathon runner. Now that I was living back at home, he was again my GP. When Mother bravely told him I was undergoing treatment for MPD/DID as a result of childhood sexual abuse, he buried his head in hands and wept.(Alice refers to her constant infections as a child, which were never recognised as caused by sexual abuse)'m Alice: Nine Personalities, One Tortured Mind
Alice Jamieson
I resolved to come right to the point. Hello, I said as coldly as possible, we've got to talk.Yes, Bob, he said quietly, what's on your mind? I shut my eyes for a moment, letting the raging frustration well up inside, then stared angrily at the psychiatrist.Look, I've been religious about this recovery business. I go to AA meetings daily and to your sessions twice a week. I know it's good that I've stopped drinking. But every other aspect of my life feels the same as it did before. No, it's worse. I hate my life. I hate myself.Suddenly I felt a slight warmth in my face, blinked my eyes a bit and then stared at him.Bob, I am afraid our time's up, Smith said in a matter-of-fact style.Time's up? I exclaimed. I just got here.No. He shook his head, glancing at his clock. It's been fifty minutes. You don't remember anything?I remember everything. I was just telling you that these sessions don't seem to be working for me.Smith paused to choose his words very carefully. Do you know a very angry boy named 'Tommy'?No, I said in bewilderment, except for my cousin Tommy whom I haven't seen in twenty years...No. He stopped me short. This Tommy's not your cousin. I spent this last fifty minutes talking with another Tommy. He's full of anger. And he's inside of you.You're kidding?No, I am not. Look. I want to take a little time to think over what happened today. And don't worry about this. I'll set up an emergency session with you tomorrow. We'll deal with it then.RobertThis is Robert speaking. Today I am the only personality who is strongly visible inside and outside. My own term for such an MPD role is dominant personality. Fifteen years ago, I rarely appeared on the outside, though I had considerable influence on the inside; back then, I was what one might call a recessive personality. My passage from recessive to dominant is a key part of our story; be patient, you'll learn lots more about me later on. Indeed, since you will meet all eleven personalities who once roamed about, it gets a bit complex in the first half of this book; but don't worry, you don't have to remember them all and it gets sorted out in the last half of the book. You may be wondering -- if not Robert, who, then, was the dominant MPD personality back in the 1980s and earlier? His name was Bob and his dominance amounted to a long reign, from the early 1960s to the early 1990s. Since Robert B. Oxnam was born in 1942, you can see that Bob was in command from early to middle adulthood.Although he was the dominant MPD personality for thirty years, Bob did not have a clue that he was afflicted by multiple personality disorder until 1990, the very last year of his dominance. That was the fateful moment when Bob first heard that he had an angry boy named Tommy inside of him. How, you might ask, can someone have MPD for half a lifetime without knowing it? And even if he didn't know it, didn't others around him spot it?To outsiders, this is one of the most perplexing aspects of MPD. Multiple personality is an extreme disorder and yet it can go undetected for decades, by the patient, by family and close friends, even by trained therapists. Part of the explanation is the very nature of the disorder itself: MPD thrives on secrecy because the dissociative individual is repressing a terrible inner secret. The MPD individual becomes so skilled in hiding from himself that he becomes a specialist, often unknowingly, in hiding from others. Part of the explanation is rooted in outside observers: MPD often manifests itself in other behaviors, frequently addiction and emotional outbursts, which are wrongly seen as the real problem.The fact of the matter is that Bob did not see himself as the dominant personality inside Robert B. Oxnam. Instead, he saw himself as a whole person. In his mind, Bob was merely a nickname for Bob Oxnam, Robert Oxnam, Dr. Robert B. Oxnam, PhD.
Robert B. Oxnam