The byproduct of clarity is peace. Joy is peace dancing. Academic | Psychologist | Human Rights Activist | PhD in Psychology. https://t.co/Uww2BEwzjP
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Dec 15, 2021 • 14 tweets • 3 min read
For years I struggled to sit still, concentrate, do assignments, office work, appointments, registrations, etc. I was easily distracted. I’d procrastinate. A Psychiatrist thought I had ADHD. My attention is great today. There are so many tools. Martial Arts changed my brain. 🥷🇵🇭
It does not need to be Martial Arts, 🧘🏽♀️ Mindfulness also changes the brain. Although, some argue that it can be more difficult changing the brain with our minds, because our minds are so flippant (e.g. One minute we feel good. Next minute, we feel awful, so often unreliable).
Dec 14, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
“A belligerent samurai, an old Japanese tale goes, once challenged a Zen master to explain the concept of heaven and hell. The monk replied with scorn, "You're nothing but a lout - I can't waste my time with the likes of you!" #HealingTrauma
His very honor attacked, the samurai flew into a rage and, pulling his sword from its scabbard, yelled "I could kill you for your impertinence." "That," the monk calmly replied, "is hell."
Former President of Ireland and Chair of The Elders at #COP26, Mary Robinson: “No. No. Not at all. I am not at all convinced.”
@Lisa_Wilkinson: “So why do you think @ScottMorrisonMP is relying on those so heavily?”
Oct 30, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
“Most people going through the immigration process have to do it without Lawyers. They have to do it by themselves. They’re making their last fight against a trained government prosecutor, effectively as being blind folded, with your hands tied behind your back. #HealingTrauma
I am a Lawyer and a Law Professor and my wife is as well. I have two brothers who are Lawyers. A sister in law who is a Lawyer. I am surrounded by Lawyers. When I have a legal problem I don’t turn to my family to help me. I hire somebody to do it.
Oct 18, 2021 • 12 tweets • 5 min read
How I Became A Warrior
“Once, I ran from fear so fear controlled me. Until I learned to hold fear like a newborn. Listen to it, but not give in. Honour it, but not worship it.” #HealingTrauma
“Fear could not stop me anymore. I walked with courage into the storm. I still have fear, but it does not have me.”
Oct 17, 2021 • 48 tweets • 11 min read
Carl R. Rogers (1902-1987) - Quotes on Being and Becoming: #HealingTrauma
“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?”
Oct 15, 2021 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
“On one fine spring day, I was sitting on a Central Park bench and two women were sitting one bench just to my right reading their newspapers. Suddenly, one of them cried out, “Sophie, can you believe this! The story I’m reading here, oh my God! #HealingTrauma
This young boy, seventeen years old mind you, the same age as my Jonathan, he’s struggling with ideas about suicide. Seventeen years old, his whole life before him and he wants to kill himself. What would lead a boy to this?”
Oct 12, 2021 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
“If patients were powerful rather than powerless, viewed as interesting individuals rather than diagnostic entities, if they were socially significant rather than social lepers, if their anguish truly and wholly compelled our concerns, would we not seek contact with them?
The facts of the matter are that we have known for a long time that diagnoses are often not useful or reliable, but we have nevertheless continued to use them. We now know we cannot distinguish sanity from insanity. It is depressing to consider how that information will be used.
Oct 12, 2021 • 21 tweets • 6 min read
“Why are people so uncomfortable in their own skins that they need to escape themselves, even at the risk of self-harm? What engenders such unbearable pain in human beings that they would knowingly risk their very lives to escape it? #HealingTrauma
“We need to talk about what drives people to take drugs,” the famed trauma psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk has said, pointing out that there is almost a direct correlation between childhood trauma and addiction.
Oct 3, 2021 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
***Trigger warning***: I cried last night for the first time in a long time. I was tagged in a post where a women was bashed by her partner. The mother said police protected the man, not her daughter, who was now in hospital, since she tried to take her life.
A brave young survivor who had also experienced DV and had been suicidal, shared a song she wrote to comfort the mother and daughter. I opened the song to read the words. They brought me to tears. The young survivor apologising to other women who experience DV, for her silence.
My website has already had 3,889 visitors. 12,700 views. The top three topics are: “Why I Switched From Self Esteem to Self Compassion?”, “My Crazy Beautiful Story About Psychosis.” and “What Is Trauma Informed World?”. Thank you for learning about #HealingTrauma. 🌺🌿#YouBelongtraumainformedworld.com/2021/08/06/why…
I am speechless. I went my own way. I had Psychosis twice trying to figure out this crazy, beautiful, terrifying life. The place we all call home. This year I was asked to be the Psychologist for 35 Indigenous Health experts at Closing the Gap on Indigenous Health. #HealingTrauma
I was asked to be on an expert panel about a new Adult Mental Health Service. I was invited to be interviewed on Brainwaves about my lived experience of Psychosis. I have been invited back onto Brainwaves for trauma informed tools for wellbeing. As if all of this isn’t enough...
Aug 2, 2021 • 21 tweets • 5 min read
Why the divide and conquer mindset? Since we know it kills countless lives? It has destroyed this planet? Most people would agree that human being always want more. We consume, consume, consume. Then we consume some more. 1/20 #HealingTrauma
What most humans beings do not realise, is that we do not want more. What we are really after is all: Freedom. Except we can never have “all” physically or psychologically. Why not? Our body has a boundary. Our mind also has a boundary. 2/20
Jul 28, 2021 • 38 tweets • 9 min read
Three Phase Approach to Healing Trauma: Some trauma experts say it is dangerous to open pandora’s box. Some reasons: psychosis, sessions are not long enough, there are not enough sessions, or we have to return to a dangerous environment, 1/38 #HealingTrauma
vulnerable and have not yet established a sense of stability, clarity, the ability to regulate our emotions, or connection and belonging. So for such reasons there is a Three Phase Approach to Trauma:
1.Safety and Stabilisation
Jul 27, 2021 • 28 tweets • 6 min read
Do five world views help or harm Australia in the 21st century? I live and breathe Psychology: I’ve taught it at University. I’m a front liner for First Nations in community. I have a lived experience of Psychosis. We absolutely can recover. 1/27 #HealingTrauma
So it breaks my heart to see someone who can’t call Australia home.
Addiction illustrates this beautifully: Renowned addiction expert Dr Gabor Mate says: “The first question you must ask is not why the addiction, but why the pain?” 2/27
Jul 27, 2021 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
What is Intimacy and Play?
So, for simplicity, try conceptualise mental illness as living within our threat system (i.e. fight, flight, freeze, or collapse). Think of depression as freeze or collapse; anger, anxiety, terror as fight or flight. 1/12 #HealingTrauma
Remember threat system is only intended for a real life and death threat. So the two fundamental questions to ask are:
1. Is this moment safe or dangerous? 2. Is this moment real or my imagination? 2/12
Jul 23, 2021 • 14 tweets • 4 min read
So I was flying home this afternoon from my usual work in community with First Nations Australians. Reflecting on my short life of 37 years. Then I thought of a cool question to ask. What’s something funny, beautiful or quirky that you have experienced from trauma? 1/14
I’ll go first. So during my first episode of Psychosis I decided I had enough with civilisation. I sold all my belongings and bought one of those army back packs, a spear gun to catch fish, and some tins of food. Since I sold my car, I paid a stranger to drive me to near 2/14
Jul 7, 2021 • 48 tweets • 9 min read
I have a crazy beautiful story about Psychosis. It was also absolutely terrifying. For those who have not read my threads on Psychosis, I did my PhD on the neuroscience of emotion. I asked the question where is emotion in the brain? Hemispheric asymmetry: the divided brain. 1/46
Well it turns out it’s not just in the brain. It is in our whole body. It also turns out this is a living cosmos. Bessel van der Kolk pioneered Psychiatry with The Body Keeps the Score. However, my third year of my PhD was in 2011, so these ideas were not fully mainstream. 2/46
Jul 5, 2021 • 42 tweets • 6 min read
”545,000,000 reasons put a bad taste in Murdochs mouth. In 2005 Murdoch purchased Myspace for $550,000,000. What he did not know is that in 2004, Zukerberg and friends at Harvard started Facebook. In 2006 Facebook opened to public membership, and the rest is history. 1/40
Myspace was sold by Murdoch in 2011 for $35 Million. Generating a $545 Million loss. Murdoch was enduring difficult years. His China expansion had failed. His online venture had failed. 2/40