Images of traumatized children in cages, reports of systematic secrecy and enabling of child sexual abuse, emaciated children starving in the midst of ethnic cleansing, dead marine life washed up across the coasts of Florida, and dead pigs floating in flooded barns come to mind.
Therapists are affected at least twice by these realities; you see them in the news and then you hear about client’s reactions and concerns in your office most days. An underlying and primitive emotional reaction is the feeling of disgust and its accompanying relatives of helplessness, despair, and terror.
This seminar is designed to acquaint you with clinical research on the emotion of disgust and to provide context for processing this powerful emotion for yourself and with your clients.
Disgust: A Force of Nature in Morbidity & Morality
Disgust, a primary emotion long-avoided in academic psychology, is well-known when it is felt. Its translation from affective experience to personal meaning varies widely and has a range of implications.
Recently, disgust has become an undeniable, immediate, and common reaction to current events, both nationally and internationally.
Although prevalent in our psyches and sensibilities, the roots of disgust and it’s role in both sickness and health often remain unexplored and unarticulated; this avoidance preempts the knowledge that disgust holds for informing our beliefs and energizing behaviors.
This seminar provides a review of the evolution of disgust, it’s role in psychopathology, and its significance in moral and ethical reasoning.
Professionals will gain insight into understanding their own responses and will acquire concepts and language to help clients explore the considerable power of disgust.