I am doing a presentation for the launch of the Dutch version of Trauma and Identity. The presentation is entitled A Pandemic of Trauma.
This will be online and is free, on Thursday 30th November at 7.30pm. You can find all the details at the publishers website: https://uitgeverijmens.nl/activiteiten/online-lezing-een-traumapandemie
This book is primarily about love; love as the basic force of life; love that is lost or never born in the relationship between mother and infant; love that is the underlying need of the child; love that is delusionary, holding us in endless hope; and love that is honest and true, based on reality, and then possible in our relationship with ourselves, and those we truly love. Love is the turning point from trauma to health.
This is a varied collection of thoughts and ideas, some full-length essays, and some short statements, all of which have IoPT (Identity-oriented Psychotrauma Therapy*) thinking underlying them.
Becoming ‘IoPT-Informed’ does indeed take us on a journey where everything in the world can be considered through the lens of IoPT thinking. IoPT then becomes not just a theory and a therapeutic method, but a psychology and a philosophy that can inform and explain what happens in our own personal world, and in the wider political and social world. All of the major topics we are collectively struggling with every single day, and those personal musings about our own life... all can be considered from an IoPT perspective.
This is a book above all to be enjoyed, and from which perhaps to learn something more about who we really are, individually and collectively.
Due out shortly.
Some quotes from this next book:
"Love is the turning point from trauma to health."
"Clarity is the domain of the healthy ‘I’. So, if you feel confused about anything you can know that you are in that moment functioning more from your trauma survival instincts, and the best solution then is to set an intention to resolve your confusion and gain clarity."
"To be oneself and resolve one’s own trauma is the most creative thing we can do."
On the need to explain oneself:
"Any time you find yourself explaining yourself to anyone, think about this... are you trying to gain your mother’s love? The impulse to explain yourself is a symptom of the Trauma of Identity and the Trauma of Love."
On confronting our traumas:
"We need good contact with a resourceful ‘I’ to confront our traumas."
"I don’t think we talk about hate enough; we are too enamoured with our illusions of love. And yet the Trauma of Identity and the Trauma of Love are symptoms of hatred, sufficient to desire or wish the non-existence of the child, and then the potential hatred of the child’s continued existence."
"Hate comes where hate is"
"Where love exists, there can be no hate, and where hate exists there is no love."
On healing the world:
"Just three generations would make the world an infinitely better place, if IoPT-informed. The topic of trauma becomes more mainstream, and each generation becomes more familiar with the impact of trauma and the individual healing impulse becomes more embedded and normal in society."
Why do we want to become an IoPT practitioner?
"What is your answer to the question 'Why do you choose to work as an IoPT practitioner?'"
Two fundamental questions:
"How do I keep my mother in my psyche, and... Why do I keep my mother in my psyche?"
On pain and suffering:
"Pain happens, but suffering is optional."
The 2024 ONLINE IOPT EDUCATION COURSE with me starts in January 2024, and you can register at the earlybird price up until midnight on 31st October. To find out more go to the IoPT Practitioner Events website.
Please note that I am only available to work with people on their personal issues at the Online Working Sessions days (once a month). I do not do individual sessions now. You can find some suggested IoPT practitioners here.
I am semi-retired now, and apart from the Working Sessions Days mentioned above, and the 2024 Online Education Course, all my work is in the capacity of professional teaching, support and supervision with IoPT student practitioners.
"It is only when I know more clearly who I am, when I make the focus of my exploration my internal world and everything that happened to me, when I have been able to feel my own underlying pain about what happened to me, and feel the feelings involved in being me, that I can say anything truthful about myself."
"With any event that occurs in my world, whatever my reaction, I must ask the question: what has happened to me that this is my reaction to this external phenomenon now? There is injustice and wrong out there... of course there is, but my tolerance of that, the pain or suffering it causes me, is to do with who I am and what, from my own past, still causes me suffering and is re-triggered. by present day events."
(quotes from my book Trauma and Identity)
Welcome to the world of IOPT... to a world in which we can heal trauma, and start to recognise, and avoid, the dynamics of perpetration and victimisation....
You can join one of the Online Working Sessions days with an Attendance Place, and watch what happens. It is up to you how much you take part, and it is fine if you just watch the processes and see how the Intention Method works. If you have any questions you can contact me.
Here is a Podcast I did with Business Coach Juliette Lee on the topic of Healing the Trauma of Identity... Here is the link
My latest book, Trauma and Identity: Identity Oriented Psychotrauma Therapy, Theory and Practice:
In this book I have attempted to draw together in one place all of the important theoretical ideas developed by Franz Ruppert, together with my own reflections and experiences of working as an IOPT Psychotrauma practitioner.
For more videos with Vivian click here.
"Be in love with your life. Every minute of it." Jack Kerouac.