About This Site

My name is CJ Patterson and I’m a licensed counselor by trade.  I developed these ideas over a couple of years and began publishing them at this website in 2017. The articles and thoughts have gone through many different revisions as my thoughts evolved around why power is so often corrupted.

While I am very sympathetic to Marxist critiques, I don’t think economic exploitation alone ever tells the whole story of how and why certain cultures produce some folks who are so exploitative in the first place. I often found myself wondering -why- norms around exploitation came to be so…depraved. Marxism itself didn’t explain that. 

I also noted that terrible norms produced racism or misogyny or religious persecution in some cultures, but not others. And yet, these norms, that again tended to be much more pronounced in some cultures and not so much in others were often explained away by simple in-group out group analyses that seemed to always revert to “it’s human nature to be suspicious of others”. Even as cultures varied exponentially in how they acted towards others.

As a mental health professional, I really never set out to specialize in trauma. But…if you go into almost any niche in any mental health field, you will (if you are a competent practitioner) become pretty well versed in recognizing the effects of trauma.  So over time, I saw so many parallels to trauma based reactivity it was hard to ignore. So I developed these ideas over time.  I share them freely, knowing some are probably “far fetched”, “wrong” and others are probably spot on, and hope others will refine them further. I have tried to arrange the overall theory as I see it right now so

  1. It’s accessible- I want the concepts to be easy to understand, easy to remember, and easy to apply.
  2. It’s comprehensive- the more I think about the impacts of trauma, the more ways I see how past traumas have shaped our values and behaviors on cultural levels.

It is my belief that using a trauma informed perspective to examine our many social problems will help us more clearly see how inter-related our social problems really are. Further, once we see these connections, we will be better able to resolve our problems and create solutions that will benefit all of us. 

If you wish to comment or join me in this endeavor, please contact me at cj@aligned-visions.com