1 Ditte’s work has previously been featured in various local Ukrainian media sources:
2 “Euromaidan or the Maidan Uprising […] was a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began on 21 November 2013 with large protests in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kyiv. The protests were sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych‘s sudden decision not to sign the European Union–Ukraine Association Agreement, instead choosing closer ties to Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euromaidan
3 Key people mentioned in the interview:
- Alina Viatkina has worked as a co-teacher at the female Shock-Trauma training programs and works as a “Tribal Veteran” socialworker.
- Andriy Kozinchuk is a veteran and psychologist
- Anika Vasadze is a dance therapist and trained as a Bodynamic Practitioner.
- Artem Denysov is CEO of Veteran Hub and trained as a Bodynamic Practitioner, and his wife Vika Denysova is also working with Veteran Hub organization.
- Ighor Kholodylo works with veterans and is trained as a combat medic specialist in the army.
- Ivona Kostyna is head of Veteran Hub and has participated in the Bodynamic Shock-Trauma training
- Oleh Hukovsky is a psychiatrist and Bodynamic Analyst and international teacher.
- Taras Kovalyk is trained as a Bodynamic Practitioner and is a “Tribal Veteran” socialworker.
- Valeriy Chobotar “Atilla” – is a veteran and trained as a Bodynamic Practitioner and is a “Tribal Veteran” socialworker.
4 In the book “Body Encyclopedia. – A Guide to the Psychological Functions of the Muscular System” by Lisbeth Marcher and Sonja Fich, 2010 p3. They describe the two terms in the following way:
We define Mutual Connection as the very close relationship that occurs between two or more people; it also requires that each person maintain individuality within that relationship.
In a relationship based on Mutual Connection, the partners come forth with their experiences and emotions verbally and/or nonverbally. Their exchanges include their differences of experience and emotion; they grasp and accept those differences; and they rise together to a new level where each person has acquired new knowledge about themselves and about the other. Besides holding new learning for all the individuals involved, Mutual Connection spreads out like concentric waves in water as the people involved pass the new learning on to others in new contacts, etc.
Mutual Connection also exist on a more global level: there is a deep innate knowledge of how all life on earth is in an interaction process with every other, and in spite of differences, like that between a mosquito and an elephant, all forms of life depend on that coexistence, which offers an experience of the global interaction with the all.
The spiritual part of Mutual Connection is close to this description but also involves interaction with the collective unconscious and with what we call individual soul energy – life energy and the Higher Me.
We use the term Dignity to describe a person’s inner sensation and feeling that she is able to own her inner values and deep ethics, respecting them and living according to them. Dignity also involves authentic acceptance of certain commitments, actions and rights.
In the Danish language dictionary it describes Dignity with a quotation about the thinking of Emmanuel Kant (1724-1808): “It is not what we think but what we are within ourselves that gives us true human dignity” (Krarup 1906, 9).”
If you want to learn more about Lisbeth Marchers ideas and concepts we recommend to read the article “Individuation, Mutual Connection, and the Body’s Resources”
6 According to the theory developed by Lisbeth Marchers and the cofounders of the Bodynamic system, “Character structures” are the formative and creative results of splits occurring in developmental stages with specific topics and themes that the child develops during childhood. This leads to a unique combination of characteristics in the adult which is displayed physically both in the bodily posture and movements, in the muscular tension and in the overall behavior of the child and later on in the adult person. If a child experiences a severe shock trauma early on, it will disrupt the normal development of the “Character Structures” and can in severe cases increase the risk of developing complex PTSD later on in life. To get a better understanding of the specific “Character Structures” mentioned here, you can read more at: https://www.bodynamic.com/theory/the-seven-developmental-stages/
7 In the Bodynamic System, Lisbeth Marcher and her colleagues have developed a model for dealing with conflicts, negotiations and improving communication in general in everyday life. The model is called “The Bodyknot Model” and has been described in detail by the Danish journalist Erik Jarlnæs. You can read more about it here: https://www.bodynamic.com/blog/the-art-of-undoing-knots/
8 The concept and theory of “The Zone of Proximal Development” was developed by Lev Vygotsky. The Zone of Proximal Development is defined as the distance or space between what a learner is capable of doing without assistance and what a learner can do with adult guidance or in collaboration with another person who is more developed in a certain area.
9 If you are currently affected by the war in Ukraine you can find more Bodynamic resources including a manual at this link: https://www.bodynamic.com/blog/self-support-manual-exercises-for-crisis-work-in-english-ukrainian/
Also see Ditte’s talk about creating change in societies affected by war here: https://youtu.be/NGDnJN9eMn0
10 According to the theory of the Bodynamic System, besides the “Character Structures” mentioned above (which is developmental stages with sets of themes occurring at certain age periods), the child is developing “Ego Functions” which are certain life themes with aspects of emotional, cognitive, affective, behavioral and motor development that is not for the most part bound to a specific age-level but is being developed throughout several age-levels. For example: a child learns about several different but interrelated aspects of the Ego Function called “Boundaries” during its development through all the 7 “Character Structure” phases from age 0-12.