Love and War: Human Nature in Crisis

Love and War: Human Nature in Crisis

by Rudolf Harmsen

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BN ID: 2940013021303
Publisher: Reed, Robert D. Publishers
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

PADDY S. WELLES, Ph.D.: About Me

Although I have a Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies, being a wife, mother, and grandmother have taught me more about children and families than I learned in a classroom. I have spent many years in classrooms, as a student, teacher and professor. But, my favorite place to think is close to water with a book, tablet and pen, seeking to understand why we love, why we hate, why we push ourselves to the edge of all we know and still want more. This seeking caused me to walk away from my first marriage and religion--and into therapy. Later, remarried and living in France, my questions expanded. I began to wonder if we were not all emotionally similar and how we could ever justify war. Returning to the U.S. and to graduate school, I became a therapist. My clients became my teachers. They taught me that compassion is hard to experience in the face of tragedy and abuse. I learned that holding compassion for all is a challenge, but necessary, if we want a more peaceful world. To this end, I picked up my pen and tablet and began to write LOVE and WAR.

Rudolf Harmsen, Ph.D. ABOUT ME:
I was born in the Netherlands in the year Adolf Hitler gained power in Germany. My childhood was spent in Nazi-occupied Holland, and I experienced acts of violence most children can’t even imagine. As a nineteen-year old, I was drafted into the Dutch army and served with NATO forces in Germany, being trained to fight the Soviets in case the cold war turned hot.
After a brief period at a Dutch university, I immigrated to Canada and completed a BA and an MA in Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto. Three years of doctoral studies in insect biochemistry in Cambridge (UK) gained me a Ph.D., which was followed by a post-doc at the University of East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

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