In the old way of thinking, stressed couples were depicted as a failed communication system of interacting pathologies that could be improved by therapists dispensing conflict resolution skills. In the new way of thinking, couples are the source of mutual healing and the fulcrum for social transformation. This lecture will discuss how that shift occurred and its implications, not only for the happiness of couples, but for the relational well-being of society.
In this talk Dr. Hayes argues that human beings evolved for compassion and cooperation, based in part on the impact of eusociality on human language. This view has extraordinary implications for how we can achieve peace of mind, placing perspective taking and compassion at the center of psychotherapy itself. Such a view has the exciting possibility of bringing together different traditions in psychotherapy that often consider themselves rivals.
All children are born with the capacity to develop and use all of the aspects of the organism to live healthy, productive, joyful lives. We know that trauma interrupts the healthy development of the child. There also are some very basic developmental aspects that further thwart healthy development. An understanding of these hindrances is the first step toward helping children heal.
In the age in which psychotropic medications have largely replaced psychotherapy, or medications are primary when psychotherapy is included, this presentation will demonstrate how psychotherapy alone can take precedence over medications, and achieve better outcomes than are currently being seen in our failing mental health system.