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Showing death in life, Gillian Anderson’s Miss Haversham in BBC’s last production of Great Expectations was a compelling reminder of the power of trauma to block progress, to freeze life at the instant of the shock and never to release its grip. A similar ‘death in life’, though this time of a whole culture can be found in Gormenghast in Peake’s Titus trilogy – though here¬† 90% of people’s effort is devoted to preserving the past and Titus Groan is ‘heir to a crumbling ruin.’

It doesn’t serve us to be ignorant of the power of traumatic events – in our own lives as well as those of others!

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As a psychologist, psychotherapist and research practitioner of 40 years, I've had the benefit of the experiences of more than 100,000 people around the world. They've talked about their daily lives, hopes, fears, ambitions and needs. These experiences have helped me to contribute to innovations from Beds in Business and the Fast Track for airlines to television drama and online communities. Specialties:Large groups, facilitation, application of psychological theories to commercial issues