Paul Valent

Paul Valent

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

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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