Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert and Dr. Gabor Maté
Understanding the interweaving of the whole living human organism (LMO) and how traumatizing experienses interfere in the LMO is for me essential. To bring together the two persons from which I have learned the most and both being pioneers within the field, is my contribution to a deeper psychotrauma understanding in the society in general and in particular for our IoPT students and therapists. For all therapeutical practice, theory is the most important. By IoPT Franz has developed a psycho trauma treatment methodology that is grounded on understanding the LMO. We who work with IoPT know how much help we ourselves have received and that we can provide good therapy with IoPT. Focus on strengthening the healthy structures makes it possible to build a new «nucleus» that the client can orient her/himself from. Now I am waiting for someone who wants to do research on IoPT, both Franz and I will welcome such an initiative and I am sure there is enough people who is interested in participating.
Trauma is not what happens to us, but what happens inside us
Dr. Gabor Maté
Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For twelve years he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was the onsite physician at Vancouver’s unique Supervised Injection Site, North America’s only such facility.
He is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss.
He is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on five continents, including When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. Gabor is the recipient of an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University and an Honorary Degree of Law from the University of Northern British Columbia, among other awards.
He frequently addresses professional and lay audiences in North America and internationally on issues related to childhood development and parenting, physical and mental health and wellness, and addiction. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. His next book, Toxic Culture: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a World of Materialism is under preparation.
Dr. Maté’s four best-selling books, listed below, have been published internationally in a number of languages.
- In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction (2009 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize winner)
- When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection
- Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It
- Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers (with Gordon Neufeld)
- For more information about Dr. Gabor Maté and his work, please visit www.drgabormate.com.
Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.
Western medicine imposes two separations, neither tenable scientifically. First, it separates mind from the body, largely assuming that most chronic illnesses have nothing to do with people’s emotional and psychological experiences. And yet, a large and irrefutable body of research has clearly shown that physiologic and behavioural functioning of human beings can be understood only if we integrate our body functions with those of the mind: functions such as awareness, emotions, our interpretations of and responses to events, and our relationships with other people. Second, Western practice views people’s health as separate from the social environment, ignoring social determinants of health such as class, gender, economic status, and race. Such factors, in reality, are more important influences on health and longevity than individual predispositions and personal factors such as genes, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and so on.
Only when compassion is present will people allow themselves to see the truth.
Compassion for the fact that we`re unconscious, that unconsciousness is a response because it was too painful to be conscious when we were young, not to blame ourselves for what we did as a result of that, but to be compassionate with ourselves, not to fault ourselves, what we did to ourselves and others, but to be curious to why we did it.
Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert
Professor in psychology at the University for Applied Science in Munich, Germany. Has published 7 books within the field of how traumas affect human beings. Internationally renowned speaker, lecturer and author. Founder of Identity oriented Psycho Trauma Theorey and Therapy – IoPT.
Prof Rupperts books, listed below, have been published internationally in a number of languages.
- Early Trauma
- Trauma, Fear and Love
- Symbiosis & Autonomy
- Splits in the Soul
- Trauma, bonding and Familyconstellations
- To be published 2018: My Body, my Trauma and I – Constellating Intentions and stepping our from our trauma biography
For more information about Prof Ruppert and his work:
Illness and Health as a consequence of Trauma
As a psychologist Prof. Ruppert studies and explores the human psyche. After many years of practical work as a psychotherapist he has gained the insight, that traumatic experiences are the main cause of many problems his clients face. These problems can be on an emotional and mental level; in addition, they can present as bodily symptoms.
As human beings we are very vulnerable and extremely dependent at the beginning of our development. Therefore, we are easily traumatized during the earliest phases of our life. It is a fact that when the mother of a child becomes traumatized the child will be traumatized too. Another important reality is, that children become traumatized through their traumatized mothers and fathers, even though the parents don’t want to pass on the trauma and in no way are aware of how they do so. The consequence is, that the traumatized child cannot fully develop its own potential and instead has to survive within the relationship with its parents. Theoretically speaking: their “Trauma of Identity” inevitably leads to a sometimes lifelong struggle with a “Trauma of Love”.
The consequence of trauma is a split. In order to survive one has to split off intolerable psychological realities. Another effect is the loss of full awareness of one’s body. The numbing of sensations and feelings leads to a numbness towards one’s own body. The body becomes the container of suppressed trauma sensations, perceptions and feelings and expresses its suffering through symptoms that we call “illnesses”. Believing that we can become healthy by fighting these symptoms is of course an illusion. Fighting even makes it worse and forces the body to produce more severe symptoms.
Trauma cannot be consciously overcome as long as the survival strategies continue to hang onto the illusion that it is not necessary to deal with the traumatized past