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The Politics Clinic

Great mini-movie by documentary makers Juliet Brown and Adam Brichto, in which I try to explain the public-school type bullying – rooted in dissociation and projection – that has crippled UK politics for too long. Hope you like and can send it round, so we may film some others for the Speak Collective and try…
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The other Brighton event: Alternative UK 360° Democracy: The Politics of Immersive Technology 27/9/17

An exciting new psycho-political technology event was hosted by the new political party and laboratory The Alternative UK at The Old Market in Hove on Wednesday night. University College London’s Virtual Reality experiment to heal childhood trauma with Juliet Brown and Nick Duffell was one of the items described at this world-café style event described…
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‘Surviving the Syndrome’ – a report on the sell-out conference at the University of Brighton

Saturday’s sell-out conference at the University of Brighton, Boarding School – Surviving the Syndrome, was described by many as the “best conference I have ever attended.” Partly this must be due to the great venue and excellent organisation by Laura and her team – to say nothing of the terrific catering! Do today’s students really…
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Healing the trauma of yesteryear with the technology of tomorrow?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could heal the past, free ourselves from survival habits and go back to traumatic environments and make them safe? Well, a new research project at UCL (University College London) is looking for volunteers to try out Virtual Reality equipment and scenarios for the first time with an  accompanying psychotherapist….
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On Pulling Down Statues

Last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia shows once again how divided the world has become. It is much easier to contribute to this than to mend it, so I am unlikely to win too many friends with what follows. I’ll start by admitting that I don’t think it is helpful to pull down statues of…
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Finally, the British public are getting ‘a bit angry’ with our Wounded Leaders society … while our government is in a trance.

Grenfell has shown the extent Britain has forgotten about its welfare state commitment in the intoxication of financilalsed capitalism in a Kensington dominated by luxury dwellings, with no hope of replacing any extra decent social housing …..  and the people are getting a bit angry. It seems Thatcher was nearly right – there is almost…
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What to do in an election you don’t really need? Trust your body.

Dr Duffell's home remedies number 365

We seem to be having a bit too much politics these days, too many elections in which there is a a distinct lack of parties with really creative visions for the future. What do we as concerned electors do when we see little choice or when we have an electorate that is mesmerised by reactionary…
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A Letter from France: new populism, worn-out apathy?

Arriving in Toulouse Blagnac airport last evening, I was greeted by a silent television screen showing Emmanuel Macron speaking to a rally in Albi, the largest town in the départment in rural SW France where I am lucky enough to spend my time when not in London. Macron pretty looked tired – unsurprisingly. And, apart…
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Leading to a crisis or leading with a new psycho-political vision? Here’s the maths.

While Europe breathes a sigh of relief that Emmanuel Macron seems to be more likely to gain the French presidency than Marine and her Front National, the new British general election strikes many with boredom. How strategic it all sounds. Yes, of course they are going to have to raise taxes on the ordinary folk…
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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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