The cultural somatic paradox: why we struggle to understand each other

The last few years of my private practice has heavily focused on helping people better understand their relationships across different identity lines such as gender, race, class, and so on, in an epochal time, where there has been so much mass proliferation of vocabularies such as privilege, intersectionality, and identity politics. Using a foundationally neurobiological…

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A Funk Lesson: If life is a dance, violence is a choreography, but so is justice

… A white woman sees a black man. They call police officers on him. Then the officers murder the black man. Then the officers go free. Then the masses rise up. They are met with resistance from the state. They clash. Eventually, the masses become quieter. They burn out. They reorganize. They grieve. Then a…

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‘Amae (甘え)’ and the sweet indulgence of social justice culture

I want to start this piece with an inconvenient thought. Over the last years, online social justice communities have been shouting down the idea of reverse sexism or racism – I’ve done it myself. The logic that is given is that bias towards men or white people isn’t in the context of a larger system…

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Why I, as a therapist, support Andrew Yang

Hi, this open letter is for everyone, but especially for my fellow therapists and healers.Today I want to talk to you about: why I, as a therapist, emphatically support Andrew Yang. Before I start, I want to preface that it feels scary and vulnerable to endorse a presidential candidate so clearly on my professional website…

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What comes next? The dawn of a new era of cultural somatic activism

I believe that we are right now at a threshold of a burgeoning movement towards cultural somatic activism. Before jumping into this subject though, I would like to take a bit of space to reflect on the passing era and what it has meant to us. Over the last decade, we have seen concepts such…

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The secret life of memes and the death of intersectional activism

I realize this title is likely to cause some charge. For some, claiming the death of intersectional activism might feel like the freedom to breathe. For others, it might hyper-charge their alert systems. Before we get into any argument about whether it is OK to claim the end of relevance of such an iconic concept…

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Privilege and its neurochemical pleasures: why it matters and how we can hack it

In cultural somatics we understand that: the systemic IS somatic. That is to say, that macro-level systemic oppression is really an embodiment of micro-level individual trauma. This simple framework allows us to apply learnings from somatic psychotherapy directly to healing at collective scales. Today, I want to talk a little bit about how this cultural…

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