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

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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Saving Face By Gary Reece, Ph.D. Our understanding of the importance and relevance of Self-esteem has evolved over the years. My understanding of it was deepened by research on the effects of trauma in early childhood. I have also studied it and seen the effects of damaged […]

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What were they thinking?

What were they thinking? by Gary Reece, Ph.D. Shock, horror, fear, helplessness, disbelief, pandemonium, confusion, terror, anger, and vulnerability, all are normal responses to sudden, unpredictable, shots fired in a public place. When violence breaks out during a routine passage thru airport security, or in any public […]

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Rage

Violent/Rage By Gary Reece, Ph.d. I first saw a young man, call him George, 30 years ago in a clinic. His parents brought him to see me because they had become very frightened of his behavior. He was withdrawn, had stopped eating and apparently told them he […]

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Resilience

By Gary Reece, Ph.D. “Trouble?” echoed my sister; “trouble?” and then entered on a fearful catalogue of all the illnesses I had been guilty of, and all the acts of sleeplessness I had committed, and all the high places I had tumbled from, and all the low […]

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