TWELVE STEPS TO JUSTICE
  • Brian Lynch,M.D.

  • Dear Brian, ......... many thanks for your book. Almost every page is a joy to read! Presently I am at Ch. 17. It is beautiful, playful at times, insightful all over. It must have been a joy to write, too, emotionally and intellectually!... Above all, your book convinced me totally of the primacy of feeling that I "discovered" quite a while ago by thinking about values. I will be in a much better position to further discuss this subject. What is more, my life, which has been reasonably well most of the time, probably will change for the better ......................... I think I now understand myself and others much better. I hope to become a better teacher also, ................................................. Reimon Bachika, Professor of sociology, Bukkyo University; President, ISA (International Sociological Association) RC 07 Futures Research, Kyoto, Japan,

    WHY RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PRACTICES WORK.

    I invite you to read the following version of the �Twelve Steps.� They provide an explanation and theoretical underpinning for the principals of the RESTORATIVE JUSTICE, CONFERENCING AND REAL JUSTICE movements. You will find links to these organizations below.

    At the very bottom you will find several things I have produced that I believe help bring to a larger audience the theory that is largely regarded as the one that explains why Restrorative Justice Works. Particularly my book "How To Get Where You Want To Go".

    The Restorative Justice and Conferencing movement has, for sometime, recognized the work of Silva S. Tomkins and in particular his Affect Theory as providing a foundation for why the practices work.

    Central to the discussion is the idea of being non-punitive and understanding that the individual was and always is a member of the community. That both the individual and the community always play a role in what takes place.

    This is a growing movement that is rapidly achieving acceptance and the principles of which have been adopted by the United Nations along with a number of penal institutions, prosecutors, many alternative arbitration bodies and conflict resolution organizations to name just a few.


    Full length videos at home page. This video is a short review of some of the material you just read.If you click over the square it will start in a Windows Media Player or other compatible player, or it will start on its own.



    This is the first of seven parts of an 40 minute presentation I gave at the Restorative Justice Conference in 2002 on "WHY RESTORATIVE JUSTICE WORKS." If you click over the square it will start in a Windows Media Player or other compatible player, or it will start on its own.

  • WHY RESTORATIVE JUSTICE WORKS PART I, PART II, PART III, PART IV,PART V, PART VI, PART VII


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    TWELVE STEPS TO JUSTICE

  • We came to realize that we are profoundly emotional beings and that unless we understand our emotions we are very often powerless over our own actions and are powerless over the world.

    We came to believe that by coming to know our own powerful emotions we may maximize peace and justice in our lives.

    We made a decision to start on a path of understanding how our thinking and actions are often profoundly determined by our emotions past and present.

    We came to an understanding that only by taking a detailed emotional inventory, - an inventory of our anger, fear, distress, disgust and shame and by assessing what we are really interested in and what really makes us happy- will we truly be able to achieve justice and reparation for all.

    That we have expressed to others, when appropriate, and ourselves the exact nature of our feelings thereby gaining some power over them.

    By doing all of the above steps we naturally became ready to be accepting of the world and others as it is and as they are.

    By the above we came to accept ourselves as we are and to understand that we have done what we have done, and others have done what they have done, due to unmanageable feelings of hurt and thus it is counterproductive and damaging to blame ourselves or others.

    Made a list of all persons we have harmed and made an inventory of how we felt at the time we hurt them and made amends when appropriate.

    We have tried to understand why and how we felt the way we did and why and how others felt as they did thus understanding why we and others acted as we and they did.

    We have come to understand that everyone feels before they think. We have worked towards understanding that others, like ourselves, have trouble controlling emotions and thus, often what they do. ,

    We have continued to think about our basic emotions, daily if possible. We have come to know each emotion in our own personal way. We have monitored ourselves for feelings of guilt and when we do things that hurt others we look to what we were feeling at the time, thereby, avoiding feelings of guilt, understanding ourselves better, as well as making amends to those we have hurt.

    Having come to know our emotional lives we have gained the ability to employ our interest and experience in a new type of interaction with others, one of mutual interest that will lead us to maximize joy in our lives. In this way justice is always a healing process.

    Brian Lynch 2001


  • DISCUSSION

  • ON SCHOOL VIOLENCE
  • TWELVE STEPS TO BETTER LEARNING

  • TO EBERT AND ROPER ON "MONSTER" AND CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

    Master's degrees and a certificate in
    restorative practices.
    Graduate courses for the Fall Term beginning
    in September.
    BRIAN LYNCH,MD COPYRIGHT 2000 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BRIAN F. LYNCH

  • DISCUSSION


    COMMENTS ON DR. LYNCH'S WORK.

    "Dr. Brian Lynch clarifies and explains how we human beings might better understand ourselves with more patient acceptance of our basic emotions. I have found Dr. Lynch's approach helpful personally, and have shared his insights with others who also find his ideas helpful. Dr. Lynch is most proficient in the art of communication that conveys a compassionate understanding of how we might go about having more positive than negative affective (emotional) experiences an imbalance we all seek! His original and crisp methods of presentation also provide a delightful medium to learn about the many practical insights he shares with readers about what it means to be a more (rather than less) positively affective human being." Jim Duffy, Ph.D., Psychologist

    "Brian Lynch represents a tradition as old as medicine itself - the physician who takes care to learn how to treat some of the most difficult patients in his community. He's working on a book that can make available to a wider audience much of what he teaches his patients, thus allowing a greater number of people to profit from what he has learned and developed. If Dr. Lynch has his way, more and more medical clinicians will be able to handle cases now thought untreatable, and that will be good for everybody"

    Dr. Nathanson, M.D., Psychiatrist. Author: (1992), Shame and Pride: Affect, Sex, and the Birth of the Self, New York: W. W. Norton & Co.Shame and Pride: Affect,

    "But all in all your steps to emotional health strike me as very helpful. We surely should make every effort to know ourselves, as emotional and thinking beings.you make a wonderful effort at getting people to try."

    Eva Brann Tutor Emeritus St. John's College, Annapolis, Md. National Medal of Arts recipient 2005.

    "Thanks for sharing your book with me Brian. I have enjoyed reading it immensely. It's a book to be read thoroughly and several times. It has made me think of so many things about my own life."

    Gabriela Ortiz-Monasterio, Mother & puppeteer

    "Dr Lynch has the gift of clear, uncomplicated communication. He presents the hugely important work of Silvan Tomkins in a way that anyone can comprehend. He provides an access key to understanding the complexity of our emotions, so crucial to those in need of change and personal development. Compulsive reading."

    Brian J. Nuttall MSc. PG. Dip. Psychotherapy British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy Accredited Counsellor United Kingdom Registered Counsellor

    "Dr. Lynch has a unique grasp of the pith of Tomkin�s work. He weaves his interactions with clients into Tomkins ideas in a way that makes the work very accessible and meaningful.

    Lauren Abramson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

    Dear Brian,

    ......... many thanks for your book. Almost every page is a joy to read! Presently I am at Ch. 17. It is beautiful, playful at times, insightful all over.

    It must have been a joy to write, too, emotionally and intellectually! The humor, the graphics, differential letter types, paradoxes, blurred letters, shadows of shadows!!! The many sides of human feelings and occasionally wrong-headed rationality!

    Above all, your book convinced me totally of the primacy of feeling that I "discovered" quite a while ago by thinking about values. I will be in a much better position to further discuss this subject.

    What is more, my life, which has been reasonably well most of the time, probably will change for the better ......................... I think I now understand myself and others much better. I hope to become a better teacher also, ................................................. I will read and "study" the 12 steps a second time, because they cover quite a distance that one cannot be taken in just one stride................

    Reimon Bachika, Professor of sociology, Bukkyo University; President, ISA (International Sociological Association) RC 07 Futures Research, Kyoto, Japan,



    Dear Brian,

    We met in December at the humiliation studies Conference at Columbia......... I find it quite wonderful, clearly unique in the twelve-step movement, and a real treasure- waiting-to-be-found within that movement. How helpful, and horizon- expanding for the world-view among twelve-steppers! I wish for it much success, which means that many people would enrich their lives through the path you chart, and have felt like a bit of a dud at thinking of ways to help this to happen! I think perhaps promotion/ marketing is not one of my strengths, and I think that connecting with someone who is strong in this area would help your book become as well-read as I think it should be! .............................

    Mike Britton

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