[Paleopsych] tragedy

Steve Hovland shovland at mindspring.com
Wed Oct 13 18:36:35 UTC 2004

I'm reading Dean Ornish's latest book on
Reversing Heart Disease.

Part of his program is psychological,
and he talks about the need to carefully
modulate the openness of our hearts.

We need to be open enough to be fully alive 
yet not so open that we are overwhelmed by 
negative inputs.

Steve Hovland

-----Original Message-----
From:	Michael Christopher [SMTP:anonymous_animus at yahoo.com]
Sent:	Wednesday, October 13, 2004 11:14 AM
To:	paleopsych at paleopsych.org
Subject:	[Paleopsych] tragedy

>>Or, thirdly, we might judge that tragedy and the
tragic have been eclipsed by the historical traumas
that our century in particular has witnessed.<<

--I think mass media exposure to mass trauma has made
it more difficult for people to relate to suffering
that doesn't occur outside their social circle. We're
immunizing ourselves to suffering that doesn't
directly affect us, and I'm not sure we have a choice.
We'd be paralyzed if we had to be in constant


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