Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Saybrook University, is a Fellow in five APA divisions, and past-president of two divisions (30 and 32). Formerly, he was director of the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory, in Brooklyn NY. He is co-author of Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Biographies of Disease), Dream Telepathy, Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them, and The Mythic Path, and co-editor of Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential or Human Illusion, Healing Tales, Healing Stories, Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence, Advances in Parapsychological Research and many other books. He is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and has published cross-cultural studies on spiritual content in dreams.
Here Stanley Krippner explains that he was motivated to research the question of combat trauma, because of his childhood experiences with a cousin who was traumatized during WWII. He describes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a healthy response to an unhealthy event. He notes that many people diagnosed with PTSD are inappropriately prescribed psychiatric medications that do little good. However, there are several evidence-based forms of psychotherapy that work well in dealing with trauma. In particular, Krippner focuses on the treatment of PTSD-based nightmares.
(Recorded on May 13, 2016)
Published on October 30, 2016