Martin Seligman is currently training the entire US Army (1 million soldiers) in Positive Psychology. Three weeks ago I was invited to present at his in-house UPenn meeting with Facebook, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard to explore “international computer training of positivity”.
You can download the talk Dr Evian presented at the UPenn meeting titled “Why Knowing The Brain Enhances Positive Computing” in pdf format.
Western healthcare is seriously limited by pervasive acceptance of dualistic concepts of mind and body, by entrenched scientific industrial ambition, by a monolithic agenda of evidence-based medicine that renders individual data invisible, and by clinical methods centred upon diagnosis rather than persons and persons-in-relationship. There is much research evidence that subjectivity (story) matters in health and disease. Psychoneuroimmunology research, narrative medicine, the new positive psychologies, the research on the health benefits of traditional values, social networks, and occupation, modern concepts of embodied cognition, and renewed interest in the person-to-person elements of the clinician/patient relationship, all point to a gradual closing of the culturally-assumed gap between mind and body. But there is no such gap. Subjectivity and physicality are dimensions of a unitive being, the person, and co-emergent from conception. They do not separate - separation is an observer construction.