Growth after trauma: Post Traumatic Growth

Post-traumatic growth helps people find a new sense of personal strength and a new focus on helping others.
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This morning I came upon an article in my Apple news about post traumatic growth. And it was a promotion of an article from health magazine which I don’t have a Subscription for, So I just searched, and found this link.

From a counseling perspective it is a simple matter of understanding that a traumatic event Can occur in one’s life which disrupts someone’s life, and so then there might be things that we can do to get one’s life back somewhat to how it was “before”. Yes.

Philosophically, I tend to approach it from a larger perspective, which is a stay from a causal perspective instead of a symptomatic perspective.

At some point I’ll write a paper about the differences, but for now it is a difference found in the question of “before”:

what was I like before?

Was I “not traumatized”?

And a pivotal question, how do I know this?

Psychology, and counseling as a general idea, does not approach these epistemological questions nor really philosophy in general as a way to understand a situation. As I argue in a paper that hopefully will be published soon, called “towards a unifying theory of counseling”, Psychology tends to argue backwards to justify it’s intentional thinking.

A different approach would be to see that the object of my intention towards solution is itself a symptom. Which is to say, the object that I come upon to thereby come up with some sort of solution that seems apparent to my reason, is it self addressing a symptom and not a cause. Psychology would say the complete opposite, that it is attempting to find cause through a regression of symptoms. 

Yet, my argument is not one that is discounting psychology, but one that includes psychology as a kind of approach that can help us to locate cause; just to say that psychology is a particular approach and is not really addressing the complete picture of the issue. At least so far as psychology today really is not the same type of psychology as Kierkegaard mentions in his works.

So there is a kind of non-philosophical function occurring here that if you want to get into it you can try looking back into my archives of this blog.

Ok. More in a mint…

Post-trauma: Humans as blackboxes, machines as transparent

Humans as blackboxes, machines as transparent

Humans as blackboxes, machines as transparent
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Interesting problematic.

What might this say about us, that we might look to machines and thier analysis of behavioral data to tell us what’s going inside a human being?

I tend to agree with the impetus of the excerpt; that empathy between human beings is being devalued in this look to machines.

Yet another, less practical view, might see machines as indeed producing nothing larger or extraneous than an ability for humans to perceive one another. Maybe the transhumanists speak similarly, but I think what we are really looking at is the abuse, or disconnection which occurs in the institutional use of data to tell us what humans are, and not really, what we could call, the mere use of machines to tell us about ourselves.

We might then return to a question of what is occurring here. Might we ask what kind of mental picture is being relied upon? Which is to suggest that the view itself, that one would see institutions and machines as something which supplants something which is otherwise human connection, might represent a case of a kind of insanity, an upheld view placed at the extended end of a finger of blame, but then acted upon as the view as if the indictment is indeed indicating something which is wielding power to displace inter-human connection.

For for sure we could point back to the fears of the beginning of the modern industrial era located in the movie METROPOLIS to find a confirmation of a culmination that might come to pass in our present day. But might we stop pointing there and see that there is no culmination which has lead to some great terrible turn to machines, to see that we have already turned over our humanity in the fear itself which misses the event already having occurred? Such that we are merely replaying a trauma in the viewing and thus reenact the products of an event which we have yet to acknowledge ?

CFP by 12/15 for Philosophical Engagements with Trauma (March 22-23, 2019)

CFP by 12/15 for Philosophical Engagements with Trauma (March 22-23, 2019)
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of course we have there Zizekian post Trumatic modern subject, but as well Malibu critique of that (Take a look thru my past posts).

but there is something to say about the discrepancy between philosophy and psychology. Such historically reductive and pronounce it is such historically reductive and pronouncitive Endeavors have brought us to a place of dis-continuity and no means for connection.

Perhaps this conference is the beginning of a reunion?