Transformation and Healing After Trauma, Loss and Grief

My Mythic Garden

A blog by author and trauma expert Gary W. Reece, Ph.D.

Trauma Legacy: Long Range Effects By Gary Reece, Ph.D. One of the dubious benefits of aging, is that one begins to get historical perspective, a sense of the arc of history; not only one’s own, but of one’s profession and that of those with whom I have […]

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Monsters Under the Bed: The use of enchantment, fantasy, fairy tales in healing trauma By Gary Reece, Ph.D The results of trauma are often a very volatile mix of emotions: shame, anger, fear, guilt, and emotional numbing. The impact of overwhelming events is just too powerful to […]

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There’s no place like home By Gary Reece, Ph.D. As I drive around the city of Los Angeles, I am always saddened by the sight of a person, sometimes a family standing alongside the freeway onramp with a cardboard sign: homeless, need help, God bless you. I […]

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Breaking News!!!! American News Discovers Domestic Violence and Child Abuse in the glamorous world of the NFL. By Gary Reece, Ph.D. For the past month there has been a feeding frenzy about domestic violence and child abuse committed by National Football League players. Every major news outlet, […]

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Tip Toeing Through the Abyss By Gary Reece, Ph.D. I had a very unusual experience the other night. I watched Neil de Grasse Tyson’s Cosmos. He so graphically, eloquently, brilliantly and artistically presented the panoply of our universe: the unfathomable immensity, the infinity of billions and billions […]

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Seismographs/Assessing Mental Health By Gary Reece, Ph.D. In my last bog I wrote about fault lines in the human personality, indicating that these create developmental vulnerabilities which could and have been responsible for major and minor episodes of violence and social disruptions. A colleague, a very discerning […]

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Fault Lines/Developmental Vulnerabilities

Fault Lines/Developmental Vulnerabilities By Gary Reece, Ph.D. Humans! There is a funny TV commercial which portrays some of our more humorous lapses as we conduct our daily activities. These are a funny portrayal of our failings and peculiarities and our mistakes in judgment. They are funny because […]

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Suicide / Aftermath

Suicide / Aftermath By Gary Reece, Ph.D. I am dedicating this blog to those survivors, family members, friends and colleagues who have been affected by a recent Suicide. Suicide is the final act of an individual taken for their own mysterious reasons. It is an act which […]

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Falling in Love/Soul Mates By Gary Reece, Ph.D. Do you remember the first time you “fell in love?” Probably not, because the first time you fell in love occurred at birth, or at least it should have. Erik Erikson, a developmental psychologist talks about the moment when […]

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Transcendence/Doing the time

Transcendence/Doing the time By Gary Reece, Ph.D. We are all prisoners of time. We are also prisoners in many other ways. These thoughts were brought forcefully home to me as I watched a film the other night. I have been a movie fan since childhood. I love […]

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