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Listened to an interesting radio programme by chance yesterday as I was driving. You can catch it still on http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01p71gx/All_in_the_Mind_Preve...
This programme had two interesting items from an other-centred/Buddhist psychology perspective.
Firstly the item on PTSD seems to offer evidence which could be used to support a mindfulness approach. It suggests that how you think about the situation at a time when you are exposed to trauma is significant. Think 'how' not 'why' seems to be the message. In other words, being aware of the process rather than thinking more globally at the time when a trauma is unfolding seems to prevent PTSD developing (this is aimed at emergency service workers). Repressing the incident does not work. The important thing is processing it in the moment with a kind of objectivity - very like meditative approaches I think.
Second item on Archaeology is also interesting from an other-centred point of view as this project 1) gets people outdoors interacting with the natural environment in a physical way, 2) evokes curiosity and 3) gets people thinking about real other people's lives and investigating them, all of which should be healthy from an OCT perspective.
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