Boris Curylnik

Dr Boris Cyrulnik

A French doctor, ethologist, neurologist and psychiatrist. He is a professor at the University of the South, Toulon-Var. He was awarded the 2008 Prix Renaudot de l’essai.

As a Jewish child during World War II, he was entrusted to a foster family for his own protection. In 1943 he was taken with adults in a Nazi-led capture in Bordeaux. He avoided detention by hiding for a while in the restrooms and later being hidden from Nazi searches as a farm boy under the name Jean Laborde until the end of the war. Both of his parents were arrested and murdered during World War II. His own survival motivated his career in psychiatry. He studied medicine at the University of Paris. He wrote several books of popular science on psychology. He is known in France for developing and explaining the concept of psychological resilience to the public.

We, human beings can suffer twice. The first one in reality, the second one in the representation of this reality. Our psychic world is made of perceptions and representations.