Paul Valent

Paul Valent

Consultant liaison psychiatrist, psychotherapist, traumatologist,
Co-founder and past president Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies,

Keep us informed, and we will cope

March 25, 2020

Last week – though it feels longer ago, because in crises time expands – the bubble burst.

Precisely when the new reality dawned differs for each of us. For some it may have been the scenes of crowds being turned back from the Grand Prix. For others, the wild vacillations of the stock market, or the mad panic buying of toilet paper. But by the time this week dawned we were all living in a new world, one where comparisons to the Great Depression and the Apocalypse suddenly seemed less hyperbolic. Read more…

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We Will Survive this Disaster

March 20, 2020

Last week (only a few days ago, but in crises time expands), the bubble burst. For some it may have been the scenes of crowds turned back from the Grand Prix. The no-nonsense shutting down of social activities, the plunging stock market, panic buying, creeping in of terms like The Great Depression, and comparisons to the Apocalypse have all warned us that our world has changed dramatically. Read more…

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The meaning of meaning

February 7, 2019


Meaning is more important than life itself, as people may sacrifice their lives if they find that meaningful. Trauma tears through established meanings. To make life worth living post-trauma, meaning of life must be restored. It is important to understand the nature of meaning if we are to help to restore it. This chapter examines the sources of meaning, provides a classification of meanings, and examines how meanings are disrupted and how they may be restored. Read more…

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry: A Personal View

Prepared for Advanced Trainees Dinner 12th October 2011
Thank you for asking me to share my view on CL tonight. I will briefly describe my history in CL in the hope that an old person’s completed journey may resonate with those who set out on similar roads. I know that a personal journey leaves out other personal stories. I apologise for that. Read more…

Body, Mind, and Soul

February 6, 2019

Body, Mind, and Soul
Monday 7th November 2011   12.30pm –  1.30pm
Staff  Education  Centre,  Jewish  Care  619  St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Thank you very much for inviting me to speak to you today on this wide ranging and extremely important philosophical topic.

If we talk of body, mind, and soul, we might think that at least the first of these is problem free. I mean the body is visible, tangible, measurable, and has clear boundaries. Read more…


March 31, 2016

Dear Blog Readers,

Sorry to have been silent for so long, but now I have two exciting news to announce.

First, I have brought the web site up to date, having added recent publications in journals and encyclopaedias, as well as some unpublished talks.

Furthermore, I have rationalised the entries on the web site so as to make your immersion into various topics sequential and logical.

My second bit of news is that I have finished a major draft of my latest book, The Heart of Violence. It is a book that I have been writing since I was nine years old. Till now my Holocaust experiences have led me to empathise with victims and try to help them. In this book I have at last looked at perpetrators, and tried to understand their violence.

I have been able to apply my biopsychosocial and triaxial frameworks and survival strategies to find common threads in many different types of violence, ranging from individual criminal, domestic, and sexual violence to wars and genocides. The common treads help better understanding of violence as a whole.

Currently my manuscript is with my agent who will approach some publishers.

Wish us luck.

If you have any queries on this topic, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Wishing you all the very best,

Paul Valent

ANZAC Messages

April 15, 2013

With ANZAC Day on our radar once again, it is pertinent to explore its real messages for us.

Yes, Australians were proven to be as brave warriors as soldiers of any other nation.

But did it forge our nationhood? What real values did so many die for?

Check out ANZAC Messages under Philosophical Pieces or at


Warning of Nuclear War

April 11, 2013

Kim Jong Un of North Korea declared war on America this week and threatened a nuclear Holocaust.

Are we in a state of phoney war that, like World War Two became real? Why do we not take North Korea’s warning seriously? Are we in denial or are we realistic not to worry?

For warnings to be effective certain conditions have to be met.

To see what they are, go to

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