Paul Valent

Paul Valent

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

Fight, Defend & Rid

A new synthetic framework; the wholist perspective

This paper (also available on Cogprints ) summarises the wholist perspective. It explains the triaxial framework and talks to the survival strategies table. It serves as a complement to the film The Wholist Perspective Film .

The paper explains the need for a framework that can explain the very wide range of consequences of severe stress and trauma (traumatic stress) and their radiations from instincts to spiritual dimensions, as well as across time and generations and over ever larger groups (family, community).

The perspective described in this paper fills the need described. In addition, it provides a framework for fulfilling opposites of stresses traumatic consequences.

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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 1999 Categories: , , , , , , , , ,

Conceptualization of violence. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference Washington

Violence is doubtlessly one of the scourges of humankind, yet, though we have many clues about it, it is hard to conceptualize and therefore eliminate.

The goal of this symposium is to further a meta-view of violence, from which its different dimensions, manifestations and perversities can be orientated, specified categorized and as it were diagnosed, and eventually, hopefully, find directions to be treated.

In order to do this, two new concepts derived from a view of traumatology will be introduced. They are (1) survival strategies and (2) their three dimensional (or triaxial ramifications. To preempt the thrust of this talk, I will suggest that while all survival strategies have their forms of violence, the maladaptive aspects of the survival strategies fight, flight, assertiveness and competition, have been and are especially virulent in human history, and are worth examining.

Survival strategies and their triaxial framework, are more fully described in my book, From Survival to Fulfillment; A Framework for the Life-Trauma Dialectic,
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: ISTSS Presentation Washington 22 Nov. 1998 Categories: , , , , , ,

From Survival to Fulfilment; A Framework for the Life-Trauma Dialectic. Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel

In this book, Dr. Valent forges information from many fields of trauma and its concepts into a new, heuristically logical and pragmatic framework. The result is an unprecedented text on traumatology, as well as its opposite fulfillment. For further details press View Book.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 3rd August 1998 Categories: , , , , , , , , , ,

Introduction to survival strategies. Trauma Information pages

This paper introduces the concept of Survival Strategies. Survival Strategies are drives that facilitate the recognition, naming, and making sense of the varied sequelae of traumatic events.

The wide variety of fluctuating and often contradictory traumatic stress and fulfilment responses are different survival strategy manifestations at different points of their radiations . Their sense can be decoded by tracing them back along their axes to their  original contexts.

Survival strategies provide understanding of what was relived and avoided and why in PTSD and in comorbid illnesses following trauma.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 1998 Categories: , , , , , , , ,

More than fight and flight. Workshop European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference Edinburgh

This paper introduces survival strategies in terms of a clinical case, shown in a film. The paper goes on to describe the place of survival strategies in traumatic stress and their role in diagnosing consequences of traumatic stress.

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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: May 2001 Categories: , , ,

Psychological attitudes and war. Social Alternatives 3:55-58

The horror of war, its destructiveness, suffering, degradation and futility may be denied, trivialised, and discounted. War can become a distasteful taboo subject. It is more productive to be aware of  war and its implications, and to acquire scientific knowledge about this phenomenon.  This approach provides the only hope for gaining power over our horror and fears, as a step in gaining some control over war itself.

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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 1982 Categories: ,

So why did they hate us? (Unpublished)

Immediately after 9/11, people asked in anguish, “Why do they hate us?” Two years later we know a lot more, though by no means everything, about each component of the question; that is, who ‘they’ were, who was ‘us’, the nature of the hatred, and why it was there.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 2003 Categories: , ,

Survival Strategies in Trauma (Trauma survival strategies ): Encyclopedia of Trauma

One of the great puzzles of traumatology has been how to understand the great variety of post-traumatic symptoms and illnesses. PTSD caters only for relived fight and flight reverberations of trauma. Survival strategies provide a framework for the wide symphony of post-traumatic phenomena.
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Recommended Reading: Survival Strategy Table

Publication Author: Charles Figley. Sage. Publication Date: 2012 Categories: , , , , , , ,

The tyranny of terrorism. (Unpublished)

The term terrorism is too wide. This article distinguished 4 types of terrorism that operate on 2 levels. War on terrorism must distinguish the terrorism to be fought if the goals are to be achieved. Thus as the ‘War on Terrorism’ unfolds with the war in Iraq, we might question what is this ‘terrorism’ that is being attacked, and why does it evoke such divergent responses.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 2003 Categories: , , ,

Through the prism of 9/11 (Unpublished)

When US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee that, “The coalition did not act in Iraq because we had discovered dramatic new evidence of Iraq’s pursuit of weapons of mass murder. We acted because we saw the evidence in a dramatic new light – through the prism of our experience of 9/11,” he spelt out why the coalition of the willing suffered from a credibility gap. Not everyone viewed events through the same prism, and the prism itself could be hijacked for other scenarios.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 28th Oct 2012 Categories: , , ,

Trauma and Fulfillment Therapy; The Wholist Framework. Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel

This book follows logically from Survival to Fulfillment, in its practical applicability to diagnose and repair tears in the human fabric. Dr. Valent reviews the variety of treatments applied over the last century, from Freud and Janet to the current use of drugs, debriefing, EMDR, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive behaviour therapy. Using his wholist perspective, Dr Valent puts them in perspective,  finds their common ingredients, and develops basic principles of trauma therapy.

Through 40 clinical cases, Dr Valent describes the techniques and efficacy of trauma therapy in various phases of trauma- from the time of its occurrence to its pervasiveness of the person years later.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 3rd December 1998 Categories: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Victims, bystanders and perpetrators in recent times. Talk to Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, University College Melbourne June

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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 2000 Categories: , , ,

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