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Collective Punishment and Human Rights: A Psychological Survival Guide | Dr. Edith Shiro
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Collective Punishment and Human Rights: A Psychological Survival Guide | Dr. Edith Shiro

Again, uncontrolled anger and the feeling of injustice drive the actions of leaders who choose to punish instead of being compassionate. Leaders who can regenerate life and trust but choose to siege, kill, and destroy. There is a way to stop this nonsense. Collective punishment, the penalization of a group for the actions of one or a few individuals, is a controversial and often condemned practice. Rooted in the desire to maintain control or exact revenge, it has been used throughout history in various forms, from wartime reprisals to classroom discipline. This article delves into why collective punishment is against human rights and offers psychological strategies for those subjected to it. 1. Collective Punishment and Human Rights Universal Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948, enshrines the principle that all individuals have the right to life, liberty, and security. Collective punishment, by targeting innocent individuals based on association rather than individual guilt, violates these fundamental rights. Presumption of Innocence: A cornerstone of justice systems worldwide is the presumption of innocence. Collective punishment flips this principle on its head, presuming guilt by association. Disproportionate and Discriminatory: Collective punishment is often disproportionate to the original offense and can be discriminatory, targeting specific groups based on ethnicity, religion, or other characteristics. 2. Psychological Impact of Collective Punishment Collective punishment can have profound psychological effects on its victims: Stress and Anxiety: Being punished for something one didn't do can lead to feelings of helplessness and heightened stress. Erosion of Trust: When individuals are punished indiscriminately, trust in authority figures and even within the targeted group can erode. Alienation: Victims may feel alienated from the broader community, leading to social isolation. 3. Psychological Strategies for Surviving Collective Punishment For those facing collective punishment, there are several psychological strategies that can help mitigate its harmful effects: Cultivate Resilience: Resilience, the ability to bounce back from adversity, can be developed through practices like mindfulness, meditation, and maintaining a strong social support network. Reframe the Narrative: Instead of internalizing the blame, understand that the punishment is a reflection of the punisher's unjust practices, not your worth or actions. Seek Social Support: Connecting with others who are undergoing the same experience can provide emotional support and a sense of solidarity. Engage in Self-Care: Prioritize activities that promote well-being, such as exercise, reading, or pursuing hobbies. Stay Informed: Knowledge is power. Understand your rights and the broader context in which the punishment is taking place. Seek External Assistance: If possible, reach out to human rights organizations or legal entities that can provide guidance or intervention. 4. The Way Forward While the onus to end collective punishment lies with policymakers and leaders, individuals can play a role by: Raising Awareness: Use platforms like social media to shed light on the injustices of collective punishment. Advocacy: Support organizations that work against human rights violations and lobby for policy changes. Education: Educate others about the detrimental effects of collective punishment and the importance of individual rights. Be the peace that you want to see in the world Collective punishment is not only a violation of human rights but also has severe psychological repercussions for its victims. While the ultimate solution is its eradication, those subjected to it can employ psychological strategies to cope and survive. As a global community, it is our collective responsibility to condemn such practices and work towards a more just and equitable world. From the World Happiness Foundation we condemn Collective Punishment and all types of violence. The only way to peace is peace, the international community has the responsibility to stop collective punishment and prevent it from happening again; we need compassionate leaders who understand the roots of suffering and create the conditions for all to flourish. Luis Gallardo and Dr. Ellen Langer will kick off a new series of talks to inspire harmony, calm, and hope when the world is going through collective trauma at multiple levels. 🌍 Announcing a New Series: Collective Suffering & Collective Well-Being 🌟In the face of global challenges and shared traumas, it's essential to recognize the power of collective resilience and healing. We are excited to introduce our new series focused on Collective Suffering and Collective Well-Being.
Beyond TraumaPodcast: Post Traumatic Growth | Dr. Edith Shiro & Linda Sparrowe
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Beyond TraumaPodcast: Post Traumatic Growth | Dr. Edith Shiro & Linda Sparrowe

In this powerful episode, we discuss a potential outcome of trauma that is often ignored: Post-traumatic growth. Discover how to get through a traumatic experience to growth and the difference between post-traumatic growth and resilience. Learn what makes the difference between people who remain stuck in trauma response and those that are able to make the leap forward. Trauma is relational and generational. Understand how we are all connected to it and impacted by it as well as why the body is so important in relation to our own trauma. Gain new insights you may not have heard before including the importance of and how to create safety as a friend, family member, yoga teacher, or therapist so that survivors can move forward using Edith's powerful stages. We also discuss the impact. of working with folks with terminal diagnoses and how loss and death can lead to meaning-making. If you or someone you know is going through the end of life, or you are interested in understanding more about how recognizing the inevitability of death can allow you to live more fully and meaningfully, check out my work as an End of Life Doula and upcoming workshop on learning to live life more fully by embracing death. Dr. Edith Shiro is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Miami, Florida. She specializes in trauma nd posttraumatic growth, holding space and guiding her patients to achieve greater potential and higher consciousness. Dr. Shiro is a cofounder of the Trauma and Resilience Center, a board member of the World Happiness Foundation, and an active member of Cadena International, providing humanitarian aid and disaster prevention worldwide, and is on the advisory board of international humanitarian organization HIAS. She has worked at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, the Cambodian refugee clinic at Montefiore Medical Center, and the Human Rights Clinical Support Network at REFUGE, among others. Dr. Shiro offers workshops on trauma-based therapy for mental health professionals and is a frequent guest on various TV shows, podcasts and radio programs. Follow her on Instagram. Linda Sparrowe, author, mentor, and teacher, with deep roots in both ancient and contemporary yoga and meditation, specializes in practices for physical, emotional, and spiritual health. She has served as editor-in-chief of Yoga International and Natural Solutions magazines and as managing editor, acting editor, and contributing editor of Yoga Journal. She has lent her writing and editing skills to a variety of book projects, from celebrity memoirs to spiritual self-help books; from the psychology of pleasure to posttraumatic growth. She has authored six books of her own including the award-winning Yoga At Home: Inspiration for Creating Your Own Personal Practice (Rizzoli Publications); A Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness (Shambhala Publications, Boston); and Yoga for Healthy Bones (also a Shambhala publication). Outside the office, Linda has continued her commitment to holistic health. She was instrumental in launching the Courageous Women, Fearless Living retreats for women with breast and reproductive cancers (her heart’s work) and she also speaks about and leads workshops on grief and loss, moving through the stages of our lives, and how yoga helps us learn to love ourselves. Follow her on Instagram. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Your support is deeply appreciated! Find me, Lara, on my Website / Instagram You can support this podcast with any level of donation here. Order The Essential Guide to Trauma Sensitive Yoga: How to Create Safer Spaces for All Opening and Closing music: Other People's Photographs courtesy of Daniel Zaitchik. Follow Daniel on Spotify.