It's impossible to forget the words on the back cover of James Gleicks "Chaos", by Douglas Adams, author of "The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy"
on the subject of non-linear systems theory: "An awe-inspiring book. Reading it gave me that sensation that someone had just found the
Indeed. Only someone with a mind as creative as Douglas Adams could find such a perfect metaphor. It's as if, prior to the discovery of systems
theory, mankind's attempts at understanding the world were akin to a man walking around aimlessly in the dark. Knocking into objects and believing it
had found something important.
The moral is simple, and, although it is now being applied to analysis of various worlds of phenomena, non-linear approaches to lifes questions was
already established 500 years after the founding of Buddhism by the Mahayana (middle) school. Indeed, one can see circularity in the statues of
ancient India. Such as with Kali
How North American Psychiatry Denies The Power of Relationships
Unfortunately, the linear approach to the problems of the mind is still orthodoxy in North American psychiatry. To many peoples frustration, and
despite the recommendations of body's as prestigious as the American Psychological Association and the National Association of State Mental Health
Program Directors, the corrupt American Psychiatric Association, whose members pen the Diagnostic and Statistics manual for psychological disorders
(which every working psychotherapist is required to purchase) now in its 5th edition, denied the interpersonal etiology of most (if not all) mental
disorders by refusing to include Developmental Trauma into their newest edition of the DSM.
The DSM is truly the paragon of an anti-systems theory approach to psychological disorders. The newest addition has 300 psychological disorders, all
of which describe symptoms, and all of which absolutely ignore the relational causes of those symptoms. The book is an absolute joke and an affront to
human rationality. Even the British Psychological Association criticized the book, and even went more to the point, decrying the outlandish position
of the APA - that psychological disorders "are genetic" - despite the "undeniable social causation of many such problems".
Why is this happening? Why such an untenable position? It doesn't take a genius to figure out that American Psychiatry and Big Pharma are in bed
together. Each edition of the DSM rakes in 100 million for the association. But even more importantly, the success of the psychotropic drugging of
Americans is PREDICATED ON THE LIE that mental disorders have a genetic, and not a relational, causality. So long as genes are the problems, it
requires a pharmacological 'fix' to make things right again.
Intergenerational Cycles of Trauma
Trauma is so embedded in the human experience that it is exquisitely hard to notice. But attachment researchers and developmental psychologists have
gone to great lengths in tracking just how development goes awry.
Take this situation. We'll need to start somewhere, so we'll assume a mother who was bullied by her mother when she was a child. We can call this
'trauma' - because its influence acts in the seams, blocking accurate perception of what her eyes show her.
In one research paradigm, a mother plays with her child while performing certain tasks. She is also being video-taped so that she can be shown
afterwards what went wrong in her relating. In one scene, the child pulls back after being over-stimulated by the mother. The baby's cues say
everything that needs to be said. It turns its face away; disengaging itself emotionally. But the mother doesn't register it. She pursues the baby's
affections without considering what the baby's experience is exclaiming "leave me alone!".
What we see here is an obscuration of reality. What obscures is the screen of the mothers self; in other words, her history. For the mother, when
someone turns away, it means "they don't like me". This is what it meant for her in grade school, high school and as an adult. The facts of her
"adulthood" have wiped clean the slate of her infant psychology.
But a baby turning away is merely signaling what all baby's essentially need: space to relax and reintegrate. Every baby needs this, but only a
relaxed, attuned and a self-aware mother - in short, a mother who is able to discriminate between whats happening inside her and inside her baby - is
able to respond correctly to the infants needs.
Trauma works through stressing the nervous system. And inter-generational cycles of trauma subsist via ignorance of what one is experiencing.
The result of this ignorance is a society and culture where stressed out people repetitively misunderstand one another social signals in their
individual attempts at managing their overburdened - anxious/irritable - nervous systems.
Trauma - and not knowing that one has suffered it. Denying the way relationships shape us, and in turn, how we provoke others into confirming our
expectations of the world: this is a circle. All of the mysteries of sociology and all the hopes of a better world essentially revolves about a simple
practical issue about our nervous systems: we don't forget the pain we've experienced - we merely dissociate it from our awareness.
Eventually, reification can reach such a threshold that economic practices, regulatory institutions and body's of science will bend over backwards
attempting to deny what is clearly happening.
Capitalism resists the explanation because it rests on the premise that greed is good; superiority should be rewarded; and laziness should be
punished. But if social context determines every individuals place, from where were born to the way we think and experience the world, then nobody is
an island, and everyone, equally, is bound by the same sociological fields.
But given the dissociative processes that underlie human psychological processes, so long as might 'feels right', it'll take time for the traumas
of the past to lead to sane social practices that accept - and not seek to elude - the fact that we all live within a loop. There is no ground. No
gene. Our body and mind are as groundless as the earth which hangs in infinite space.
What we can do, is look rightly, and accurately, and in so doing, DECIDE upon a new way.
It is only when we do this that we can fix the traumas which we all carry within us. It is nobody's fault; not my mom, or her mom, because everyone
was once a baby who was forced by the exigencies of life to organize themselves as they did. And as adults, without a proper conceptual framework, how
could we know what to fix?
To quote Martin Teicher, writing in response to the APA's claim that developmental trauma "isn't real".
"Research on the effecs of early trauma tells a different story: that early maltreatment has enduring negative effects on brain development. Our
brains are sculpted by our early experiences. Maltreatment is a chisel that shapes a brain to contend with stife, but at the cost of deep, enduring
wounds. It is an evil that we must acknowledge and confront if we aim to do anything about the uncheck cycle of violence in this country"