Margret Rueffler holds a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and is
an accomplished acupuncturist, author, and psychotherapist. An internationally
known teacher and consultant, she has also published several books
and papers in different languages. Dr.
Rueffler is the founder of the PsychoPolitical Peace Institute in
New York City, USA and in Zurich, Switzerland.
is derived from the Greek words psyche, which means "soul"
and politae, meaning "action." Together they express the
purpose of the PsychoPolitical Peace Institute. Through education,
research, development, publications and applied action they support
change and transformation of individual, social, organizational and
collective values. For
the past 15 years, Dr. Rueffler has researched and developed the Psychology
a new active approach
widely diverse cultures, countries, and organizations.
of the most recent creations of Dr. Rueffler is a project for
young people in the Anjar slum, which is located in the heart
of Kuta on the island of Bali, called "Can Collective Violence
This is a
pilot project designed to introduce new perspectives for dealing
with potentially explosive national situations. It draws upon
the potential for human values and conscious choice to prevent
the outbreak of violence.
and collective values can be made conscious; determining both individual
and communal choices, and strengthening an inner attitude of responsibility.
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perspective on the prevention of collective traumata. These projects
combine financial, psychological, and material help, as well as skills
training for the community in need as a means to catalyze empowerment
and self-help. Projects are based on the psychological principles
of consciousness of joy, empowerment, choice, and self-help, and lend
themselves to adaptation in