Dr. Ralph Siu

Ever heard of Panetics?

“Sitting atop the evolutionary pinnacle, [Homo sapience] is now  the most vulnerable of all organisms when it comes to suffering. […] [We] would do almost anything to preclude, reduce, or cease [our] own suffering. Yet [we] remain woefully gross about the actual kinds and amounts of suffering [we ourselves are] actually causing in others… A new discipline, called Panetics, was therefore proposed in 1988… Panetics is defined as the integrated study of the infliction of suffering in all of its ramifications and of the reduction of infliction. At the same time, a quantitative unit of suffering, called the dukkha, was advanced to facilitate… panetic accountability… [The word “panetics”] is derived from the Pali word, paneti, meaning “to inflict.”  We believe it fitting to look to the Pali language for the root. For this is the dialect of the only surviving complete canon of the teachings of the compassionate Buddha in India in the 5th century BC about suffering and its palliation. We may go as far as to suggest that paretics is in part a modern extension of some of his expositions and that Buddha himself might well have been the world’s first paneticist.”

Now you have. Panetic accountability ensues.

Panetics and Dukkha: an Integrated Study of the Infliction of Suffering and the Reduction of Infliction | Panetics Trilogy, Volume II. R. G. H. Siu, 1993



Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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