Conference on Children and Violence by Boris Cyrulnik & Charlotte Casiraghi in Monaco

Interactive discussion on how violence affects children

It was within the framework of the Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco (Philosophical Encounters), that a conference on Children and Violence was given by Boris Cyrulnik at the Theatre Princess Grace. The proceeds of the evening benefited the Monegasque association Jeune J’Ecoute.

After a presentation by Charlotte Casiraghi, Cyrulnik talked about the history of the evolution of violence as well as the dangers of the affective negligence and different types of aggression – verbal, psychological, physical – that can deteriorate the rapport of the child with the world and damage his/her brain.

Reminding that the repercussion of violence may be detected in utero, Boris Cyrulnik, through the concept of “sensory niche”, insisted in the necessity to promote very early on a secure connection with the child, that will encourage confidence in himself or herself and a solid and permanent self steam.

In front of a passionate public that interacted vividly with the presenters, Cyrulnik concluded his talk with an extension on the subject of the conference, by highlighting the evident links between violence and deculturation (deprivation of indigenous traits), violence and erotism, violence and authority.

An open forum for contemporary issues

It was in 2015, that Charlotte Casiraghi created Les Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco, as an open forum to discuss actuality issues. Her co-founders include her former teacher in Fontainebleau, the philosopher Robert Maggiori. The others founders are Joseph Cohen and Raphael Zagury-Orly. HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover is among the many honorary members of the group, which is really a think tank on philosophy.

They discuss contemporary topics and new publications in the field of philosophy. The writings and the life of Anne Dufourmantelle made a strong impact on Casiraghi, who wrote in particular about Dufourmantelle’s book Défense du Secret in an article for Liberation. Casiraghi and Dufourmantelle, who passed away in 2017, were friends, sharing, according to Casiraghi herself, a passion not only for philosophy but also horses.

Please click here to access the Rencontres Philosophiques calendar of upcoming events.

Today’s Quote

“The greater a child’s terror, and the earlier it is experienced, the harder it becomes to develop a strong and healthy sense of self.” Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Steem

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