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Neurosciences Conference in Brisbane

  I am writing this from Alice Springs, where I work once every 2 months.  Expect a column on Indigenous mental Health soon. But I promised to tell you about December’s  amazing Neurosciences Conference at the UQ Brain Institute.  There … Continue reading

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What is MORE important than nurturance?

This must be the most unread blog on Planet Earth. Is it technical stuff, like choosing a name like watikanyilpai that no-one is ever going to put into a search engine?  Failing to link it with my own name Leon … Continue reading

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What is MORE important than nurturance?

I’ve often argued that the political process not only takes very little notice of the importance of nurturance in society (except when pollies hug babies), but seems as if driven by avoidance dynamics. I’m inviting your reflective responses to the … Continue reading

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It’s the grandchildren, Stupid !!

Our population is aging, our Baby Boomers approach the end, as all of us must do eventually.. And as we approach the end, some of our thoughts naturally go to the next generation, no matter how intractably narcissistic we may … Continue reading

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The Politics of Nurturance

Why isn’t ALP (or the Greens for that matter) making more of Wilkinson and Pickett’s “The Spirit Level” , which argues a powerful empirical case for the way wealth inequality in any society is associated with more violence, obesity, teenage … Continue reading

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This meta-analysis says it all

The dreary debate about genes versus environment tends to be especially obfuscated around the nurturance issue, for reasons I’ve outlined earlier in this blog. Here is a wonderful meta-analytic study by Bentall (and colleagues) himself, a psychiatrist I respect greatly. … Continue reading

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The eyes have it

There was a good article in the March British Journal of Psychiatry by Dadds and colleagues on empathy, psychopathy and lack of eye contact in children. See Dadds et al doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.085720 . Dadds also appeared on a recent ABC … Continue reading

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Badinter’s Conflict

Do read Anne Manne’s mindful review of Elizabeth Badinter’s The Conflict in the March Monthly. Badinter’s book is so obviously a projection of her own internal conflict (Career versus Motherhood…….CAREER v CARER if you like) onto the larger world. What … Continue reading

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Making a start

A little email to Louise Newman, Sarah Mares and Patricia O’Rourke, some of Australia’s leading  workers in the nurturance field Dear Louise and Sarah Patricia O’Rourke gave me your email addresses. As Patricia knows, I have been working on and … Continue reading

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Hannibal Lector and perspectival empathy

Just as nurturance has its subtleties, so does empathy, this much misunderstood function. Empathy is not just the ability to read others’ minds accurately. US child psychiatrist Bruce Perry (he looked after the children who survived the David Koresh, Waco … Continue reading

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