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Last refuge of a scoundrel? How to understand the psychology of Nationalism and Identity in a changing world

On the evening of April 7, 1775, when Samuel Johnson made his famous pronouncement “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,” he was not saying, I think, that it was wrong to love your country. Indeed, Dr Johnson was renowned for combining robust patriotic enthusiasm with his Enlightenment views and a tender conscience that…
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Why dump on Trump? Check out our own elect, home-grown, scary, cartoon crazies.

The proposed state visit of the Donald has aroused lots of feelings. And in some of our most damaged (but elected) Wounded Leaders something that may be connected with a feeling – somewhere. Here’s a couple: Some days after Boris accused the EU of considering Nazi-style “punishment beatings” on Britain in revenge for Brexit, Jacob…
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Does no one read Animal Farm anymore?

  When Theresa May announces that she wants now to build a “Sharing Society” while the plug has been pulled out of most  the institutions of our welfare state, while we are apparently so against people from abroad but auction off half our property to foreigners so our youngsters will never afford their own homes…
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Does the world need more consciousness?

For the last 2 years, I’ve been working with political activist and entrepreneur on a new book ‘The SIMPOL Solution‘ to take a look at the state of global problems through a depth-psychology lens. We launch the book in February, forthcoming from Peter Owen in 2017, but just before the US elections Alex Lyons interviewed…
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The Post-Truth Era: sad, mad, or …hopeful?

For many weeks now I have been finding it hard to write on this blog. Mostly I just want to howl. It feels like the inmates have finally taken over the asylum. So now I’ll probably say too much. But its’ just words. Words like Syria, Turkey, Russia, Brexit, and, of course, American ‘electile dysfunction’…
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Unable to forget, Native Americans now use ‘boarding school survivor’ word

A 97 year-old Native Sioux with the Christianized name  Sid Byrd remebrs being sent away at six years old, to the Genoa Indian Industrial School in Nebraska where he was frequently punished for speaking his indigenous  language, Lakota. He was been beaten so badly he could hardly lie down. “I had to lie down on…
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Is there any good news after Brexit?

The only thing I can think of positive in the imbecilic post-Brexit gloom is that the need to move away from polarised party politics (and everything that arises from it, now that it is shown up to be totally bankrupt) has never been more evident. Nor has the normalised duplicity of British Wounded Leaders. But we…
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They came to bury us ….. and we let them.

“I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” Am I making things up or have we heard this before? Oh, I’m sorry, it was Bloated Grandiose Wounded Leader just now, talking about Hollow Chameleon Wounded Leader and how “he had been one of the most extraordinary politicians of the age”, as the latter crashed…
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The Entitlement Illusion at the BBC? A guest blog.

This week we have a guest blog from therapist Gerald Payne, who did not board, but is honing his skills on our The Un-Making of Them training and alive to the inequalities in society promoted by this form of privileged abandonment. Gerald writes: On the 24th May 2016 Sarah O’Connell, an experienced reporter, had an…
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New book is out!

Out today: Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege: A guide to therapeutic work with boarding school survivors by Nick Duffell and Thurstine Basset, 2016. We are delighted to be Routledge’s Authors of the Month. You can’t really get what is so unique and regressive  about British society, which mitigates against our impressive civil liberties by keeping us…
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