We are all in a continuous dialogue with our surroundings, everything that happens around us generates a response in our thoughts, emotions, and sensations. These are like speakers, indicating if we require warmth, are thirsty, or need to place limits in the face of something uncomfortable. Sensations and emotions are our first source of input to make ourselves feel well. Humans are far from machines that can do anything, we are vulnerable beings. This means that we are bodies that become ill, can learn, wake up with energy, and go to bed tired, we laugh, fall in love, get hungry or cold, we need hugs and to be listened to, we die. This vulnerability is not synonymous with weakness. On the contrary, it makes us into living beings that are connected to the ecosystem and with knowledge of our lives and the capacity to decide what we needed.
Continue reading Protecting the body, mind, and heart
This year in Colombia, 120 social and human rights leaders have been killed. Beyond the tragic impact on their lives and individual labour, each attack also affects a family, a community, and a movement. Continue reading The psychosocial dimensions of political violence in Colombia
Carolina Torres is the director of Colectivo Psicosocial Colombiano, Copsico. For the last fourteen years she has worked alongside social organisations in Colombia. Continue reading Political discourse helps psychosocial work
Liz Arevalo Naranjo, director of Corporación Vínculos, talks to PBI about the psychosocial impact of the armed conflict and how she accompanies victims to help rebuild the fabric of society. Continue reading We need to transform ourselves together
PBI spoke with Angela Ruiz, of the organisation Tejidos del Viento, on how psychosocial techniques can be useful for providing support to victims of the armed conflict. Continue reading The role of victims in psycho-social healing