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Creating a More Peaceful Society by Confronting the Origins of Violence
May 17, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pmFree
Speaking and Slide Program
The latest tragic mass murder event is a symptom of a larger problem. We are the most violent developed country in the world. For example, one out of three women will be assaulted by a partner in adulthood.
Our society recognizes the problems of murder, assault, domestic violence, and rape but generally responds with only more security and protection for ourselves and jails for offenders. Other responses to violence are the increasing use of drugs to modify behavior and discussing gun control. But these measures only treat symptoms. Is there a better way? What about prevention?
What part of the problem lies with the environment and what part lies with the antisocial individual? Are violent people born or made? Do events that occur before we can remember matter? Is human nature compatible with society?
This program explores these questions, our society's attitude toward human nature, and what that means for individual and social development. It will challenge cultural beliefs about children and explore early environmental influences that are associated with harmful behavior. You will learn how these beliefs and practices are perpetuated and the politics of advocating change.
Using what is known from animal and infant experiments, brain development studies, amazing anecdotes of infant behavior, and other cultures, this program will identify generally unrecognized important factors connected with antisocial behavior. It will also describe social customs and values associated with violent and peaceful cultures, and provide specific principles that can contribute to peace and happiness among our family, friends, and the world.
This surprising information will challenge people to question some of our cultural assumptions and reflect on who we are and who we can be as individuals and as a society.
Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. (Jamaica Plain resident) is a psychological researcher, speaker, and writer. His work includes hundreds of contacts with parents, children, and medical and mental health professionals. Dr. Goldman’s publications have been endorsed by dozens of professionals in mental health, medicine, and social science. His writing has appeared in newspapers, parenting publications, symposia proceedings, textbooks, and medical journals, and he has participated in over 200 media interviews. For more information see http://www.ronaldgoldmanphd.com.
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