Featured Program
Creating a More Peaceful Society by Confronting the Origins of Violence
  • Why is the U.S. one of the most violent developed countries in the world?
  • What makes people violent?
  • Be prepared to question some of your cultural assumptions.
  • You will learn the root causes of violence and how to contribute to peace in your family and society.

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. is a psychological researcher, speaker, writer, and director of the Early Trauma Prevention Center which educates the public and professionals. His work includes hundreds of contacts with parents, children, and medical and mental health professionals. He has a particular interest in perinatal psychology and serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health.

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. Dr. Goldman’s publications have been endorsed by dozens of professionals in mental health, medicine, and social science. His writing has appeared in newspapers, parenting publications, symposia proceedings, textbooks, and medical journals. See a summary of his perspective at Our Most Important Problem.

He has participated in over 200 media interviews with radio and television shows, newspapers, wire services, and periodicals (e.g., ABC News, CBS News, National Public Radio, Associated Press, Reuters, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Scientific American, Parenting Magazine, New York Magazine, American Medical News). Time and Newsweek have contacted him for consultation, and World Beyond War includes him on their Speakers Bureau.

Dr. Goldman has presented programs to parents, university students (e.g., Brown University, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston University), childbirth educators, and others (e.g., Mensa Annual Gathering, Men’s Studies Association, Interface Holistic Health Center). Audiences value the effective recommendations, feel more compassion for themselves and others, and learn how to contribute to peace and happiness among family, friends, and the world. 

Speaking and PowerPoint Program Description

prisoner The latest tragic American murder is a symptom of a larger problem. We are one of the most violent developed countries in the world. For example, one out of four women will be assaulted by a partner in adulthood.

Our society recognizes the problems of murder, assault, domestic violence, and rape but generally responds with only more security and protection for ourselves and jails for offenders. 

Other responses to violence are the increasing use of drugs to modify behavior and discussing gun control. But these measures only treat symptoms. Is there a better way? What about prevention?

What part of the problem lies with the environment and what part lies with the antisocial individual? Are violent people born or made? Do events that occur before we can remember matter? Is human nature compatible with society?

This program explores these questions, our society's attitude toward human nature, and what that means for individual and social development.

It will challenge cultural beliefs about children and explore early environmental influences that are associated with later harmful behavior. You will learn how these beliefs and practices are perpetuated and the politics of advocating change.

Using what is known from animal and infant experiments, brain development studies, amazing anecdotes of infant behavior, and other cultures, this program will identify generally unrecognized important factors connected with antisocial behavior.

It will also describe social customs and values associated with violent and peaceful cultures, and provide specific principles that can improve the quality of life for ourselves and others.

This surprising information will challenge people to question some of our cultural assumptions and reflect on who we are and who we can be as individuals and as a society.

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Creating a More Peaceful Society by Confronting the Origins of Violence
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Additional Information

Video Interview with Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. Hosts Karen Jacobs and Andrea Kalsow

Our Most Important Problem

First State Resolution Opposing Corporal Punishment of Children

Audio Interview with Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. Host Devi Ward 
Origins of Violence starts at 23:34. To advance, slide blue bar at screen bottom timeline to the right.

Audio Interview with Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. Host Arthur D. Schwartz

Audio Interview with Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. Host Jim Lynch

"The grandest privilege of those who have the means is to alleviate suffering."
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