As Russian Atrocities Continue, Victims Will Need the Tools to Deal With Their Trauma

An interview with Dr James Gordon

22 July 2022

One of the most terrible things associated with trauma is loneliness.

Dr James S. Gordon

The most affected victims of war are always the vulnerable: women, children and civilians. The end of a conflict does not mean the end of suffering for them, and war trauma often remains for many years. Psychiatrist Dr James Gordon, currently helping victims of war in Ukraine, talks about how to cope with traumatic experiences.

You have witnessed some of the most brutal war conflicts and disasters of recent years. You have worked with their victims: in Kosovo, Haiti, and today in Ukraine. Seeing the immensity of cruelty, crime, and suffering, do you still believe that people are good by nature? 

For me, as a psychotherapist, the most important question is what we can do to help people be the best version of themselves. Can those who have committed truly terrible acts change? How can they regain their humanity after what they have done?

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Dominika Rafalska

Doctor of Humanities, a graduate of oenology at the Jagiellonian University, journalist, editor and researcher of modern history. Secretary of the Editorial Board of Res Publica Nowa.

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