Paul Valent

Paul Valent

MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP
Consultant liaison psychiatrist, psychotherapist, traumatologist,
Co-founder and past president Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies,
Writer.

Philosophical Pieces

Body, Mind, and Soul Staff Education Centre Jewish Care Melbourne

Up-down spirituality assumes a God-given world with established morality and meaning. Down-up science shows evolution of different levels of morality and spirituality whose content is determined by specific survival strategies. The mystery of this process is enhanced by it developing in the mentally invisible right hemisphere of the brain.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 7th November 2011 Categories: , ,

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry: A Personal View

These are retrospective reflections on 25 years of liaison psychiatry. Issues of stress and trauma, violence, biopsychosocial views of medicine and psychotherapy, and the place of right brain functioning in emergency departments and consulting rooms is examined.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 2011 Categories: ,

The meaning of meaning (Unpublished)

Meaning is more important than life itself, as people may sacrifice their lives for a meaningful cause. Trauma disrupts meanings. To make life worth living again, meaning must be restored. It is important to understand the nature of meaning if we are to help to restore it. Survival strategies (see Table) provide a framework through which we can understand immediate and long term categories of positive and negative meanings.

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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 2011 Categories: ,

Necessities. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences Edition 2007

Beyond survival necessities are psychological and social necessities humans strive after. There are spiritual human requirements too. They include a need to know where one belongs in the scheme of the universe and what purpose our lives have.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 2007 Categories: ,

Beyond Belief: a human strategy for survival. The Age Op-Ed p 11

Where was God during the tsunami? Where is God in Darfur? Where was God in Rwanda? Cambodia? The Holocaust? A divergence of desire and fact arises during and after disasters. Religion may offer comfort, such as the belief that the dead are in heaven. Trauma therapy facilitates grief and heals false beliefs such as that one caused the deaths of others (survivor guilt).

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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 4th Jan 2005 Categories: ,

Antimedical feeling. Med J Aust 2:131-132

Though critical attitudes to medicine are common, they are frequently unjustified by facts.Some emotional undercurrents leading to such criticisms are examined.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 1979 Categories: ,

The parable of Diana. Herald Sun Op-Ed p.18

The legend of Princess Diana, Queen of Hearts, is examined.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 27 Aug 2001 Categories:

Present company. Herald Sun Op-Ed. p 19

Pleasures and problems of giving.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 26th Dec 2003 Categories: ,

A wholist perspective. Presentation to the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference Hobart

From the crucible of traumatology arise questions of morality, ethics, and philosophical questions of meaning and purpose.

The wholist perspective (wholist = holistic + whole) includes a three-dimensional view of survival and aspiration to fufilment responses. The depth dimension traces fulfilments and traumatic disruptions from instinctual drives to what we call spirituality. Different levels of scaffolding on this dimension include instincts, survival drives (strategies), morality (virtue, worth, justice), principles, ethics, religions and other beliefs, identity, symbols, creativity, sacredness, existential meanings, sacredness, reason and soul. Morality and spirituality depend on specific survival and aspirational responses on different levels.

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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 2003 Categories: ,

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