How Unhealthy Relationship Dynamics Contribute to Dysfunction, Injustices, and Traumas with Dr. Melanie Joy PhD

How Unhealthy Relationship Dynamics Contribute to Dysfunction, Injustices, and Traumas

[Episode 130 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast]

Dr. Melanie Joy, PhD, talks with Paul Krauss MA LPC about her new book, How to End Injustice Everywhere: Understanding the Common Denominator Behind All Injustices. Melanie’s How to End Injustice Everywhere identifies the root cause of all forms of injustice and offers an assessment of unjust structures and behaviors, as well as practical techniques to help raise awareness, eliminate infighting, and build more resilient and successful justice movements. She emphasizes that all injustices, including racism, patriarchy, animal exploitation, environmental degradation, and domestic abuse, share one common denominator: relational dysfunction, or dysfunctional ways of interacting with other people, social groupings, nonhuman creatures, and the environment. This is an intriguing conversation about something so simple but difficult to change: human relationships and the way systems function relationally.

Also Discussed: Relational dysfunction, forms of injustice, different mentalities, toxic communication, non-relational mentality, how we are socialized, changing our thinking, reducing infighting, producing more equitable social justice movements, producing healthier systems, polyvagal theory, integrity, dignity, moral values, practices, compassion, caring, justice, the golden rule, humanistic perspectives, and so on.

Dr. Melanie Joy is an award-winning psychologist who specializes in the psychology of oppression. She was an 11-year instructor at the University of Massachusetts, wrote seven books, and received the Ahimsa Award for her work on global nonviolence, which had previously been presented to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. She is also the founder and president of the international non-governmental organization Beyond Carnism. Melanie’s work calls on anybody fighting for justice for humans, animals, or the environment to unite under a common “metamission” of creating a more relational world. Her book takes an inspiring and distinctive perspective to addressing injustice, offering not just an investigation of non-relational systems and behaviors, but also practical techniques for raising awareness, reducing infighting, and building more resilient and impactful justice movements.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, an Approved EMDRIA Consultant , host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Paul has been quoted in the Washington Post, NBC News, Wired Magazine, and Counseling Today. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

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 Original Music:

”Alright” from the forthcoming album Mystic by PAWL (Spotify)

“Prayer of Peace” by Beautiful Chorus (Spotify)

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