Book Illustration: Tug of War

Illustration from the Internationally Acclaimed,
Award Winning Book Tug of War- Peace Through Understanding Conflict


Executive Director of Atrium Society

Trainers PhotoJean Webster-Doyle, APET, MAPTT is President of the Atrium Society and was the co-founder of the Atrium School. Jean Webster-Doyle was educated at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University and University of Madrid. She has traveled worldwide educating people about the causes of conflict in the conditioned way we think and has co-created numerous books and programs on the subject. She is a Master Teacher and Trainer in Youth Peace Literacy and Martial Art for Peace Mental Self-Defense. Jean Webster-Doyle is also a Yoga teacher and the creator of Metamorphosis Training Seminars and Harmonious Mind Yoga. She was a teacher of Prenatal Therapy for mentally handicapped children and the Creator and Editor of the Taking Time Newsletter about understanding the conditioned mind. She was also the Director of the Rainy Mountain Outdoor Education School and Co-Director of the Atrium School, a unique educational environment based on the necessity to understand psychological, prejudicial conditioned thinking as the basis for an intelligent life.

Education Director of Atrium Society

Trainers PhotoDr. Terrence Webster-Doyle is an author who has a Ph.D. in Health and Human Services, a Master's Degree in Humanistic Psychology, and a life-time secondary and community college teaching credential. Dr. Webster-Doyle taught at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Community College in California in Psychology, Philosophy, Education for Peace and Youth At Risk Counseling. He is a respected educator in the field of Bully/Victim Cycle from the "playground to the battlefield" having written over 100 internationally acclaimed, award winning literary works for young people and adults that focus on understanding what prevents peace – prejudicial conditioned thinking emanating from the primitive biological brain.

Dr. Webster-Doyle has won the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Literary Award 10 times and created the first major book on bullying, Why is Everybody Always Picking on Me? A Guide to Handling Bullies, which has been a highly acclaimed, international best seller.

Due to his pioneering work in the field of BioCognetics the International School of Advanced Research in Cultural Studies gave Dr. Webster-Doyle the title of Honorary Professor of Samara State Institute of Culture, Samara Russia.

Honorary Professor of Samara State Institute of Culture, Samara Russia Diploma
Post Cards for Peace
from Samara State University, Samara Russia

Dr. Webster-Doyle's Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal Award winner Fighting the Invisible Enemy – Understanding the Effects of Conditioning was published in Russian by Detskaya Maya, the leading Russian teacher’s magazine and serialized to all the teachers throughout the country in 1988.


MA Success Article: Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle, Martial Arts for Peace Founder, earns MAIA's "Distinguished Service Award" - Read the Article


Dr. Webster-Doyle's books are archived in perpetuity at the University of Connecticut's Northeast Children's Literature Collection, Swarthmore College Peace Collection and the University of Southern Mississippi's de Grummond Children's Literature Collection and at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima Japan.

Dr. Webster-Doyle's literary works are also archived in perpetuity at No Gun Ri International Peace Foundation, South Korea and Samara State Academy of Culture and Arts, Samara Russia. On permanent display at the International Museum of Peace and Solidarity in Samarkind, Uzbekistan, the Commonwealth of Independent States.

  • "For the many years of our collaboration you gave us useful knowledge and many lessons of peace-experience for hundreds of Samara students. Samara Society for Cultural Studies had declared you as The Personality of Culture of Peace in 2020." Diploma - Vladimir I. Ionesov Professor, Founder and Chairperson, Samara Society for Cultural Studies, Samara, Russia
  • Ten time Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.
  • "Hello Dr. Webster-Doyle, I am a school principal, a parent and martial artist. I just wanted to thank you for this incredible book about how young people become conditioned to be warriors. This is the most unusual book that I have ever bought for my children! And perhaps the most important! I want to tell people that if you are concerned about war and what you can do to help your children understand what creates it then get this book. You could save their lives. Again many thanks for this intelligent peace-educating book." - Dr. Phillip Ramos (Operation Warhawks)
  • The book, "Why is Everybody Always Picking on Us?” explores the roots of prejudice. I don't think I've seen another book like it. How wonderful if this book could be used in one's social studies classroom! I have learned where prejudice begins, how it is created, how it is perpetuated, and how it can be resolved. This book looks at stereotypes, bigotry, discrimination, scapegoating, racism, and more. It is a wonderfully comprehensive manual for young people and adults alike on understanding our conditioning and the root of prejudice. - American Pride Through Education
  • Letter to the New Mexico Holocaust & Intolerance Museum Board of Directors, dated August 6, 2008, by the Museum's Director Harold Foley
    "These people are truly extraordinary and their thoughts should be considered as we design the new exhibits. Their message is in part that all creatures have a "flight or fight" instinct that is set in place instantly by frightening experiences. This is in turn perpetuated by exposure, actual or imagined, to any creature that even resembles the object of their fear. The actions of others, and propaganda, strengthen these responses. I talked with these people about their successes in Liberia rehabilitating child "soldiers."
  • "We have just completed training our Israeli and Palestinian Karate Instructors in your “Character for Kids” program and are using your book “Fighting the Invisible Enemy” to teach our young brown and black belts about understanding the effects of conditioning. Some of our instructors actually risk their lives to teach this peace enhancing material, as the bullies in our region are real terrorists ...the ones you only read about. There is no doubt that this is tremendous step for such a violent region where hatred, violence and distrust is the norm.” - Sensei Danny Hakim – Founder – Chief Instructor of Budo for Peace, Israel – working with Israeli and Palestinian children of war teaching them martial arts that are for peace.
  • The book excels at impelling children to understand how conflict works within themselves. Tug of War offers engaging exercises that enhance a child's ability to understand the world. These exercises inspire self-observation, and the drawings of award-winning illustrator Rod Cameron enliven the book." Forum – Newsletter of Educators for Social Responsibility
  • Awarded the Robert Burns Medal for Literature by Austria's Albert Schweitzer Society, for "outstanding merits in the field of peace-promotion"
  • Invited to the Soviet Union in 1989 by Mrs. Gorbachev and the Soviet Peace fund
  • Acclaimed at the Soviet Peace Fund Conference in Moscow and published in Russia by Moscow's Library of Foreign Literature and Magistr Publications
  • Selected by the International Association of Educators for World Peace for their Central American peace education project in Panama and El Salvador
  • Are We Born Hardwired for War? Is War in our DNA? presented at International Conference of Museums of Peace in South Korea sponsored by the No Gun Ri International Peace Foundation.
  • Dr. Webster-Doyle’s work on peace promotion and solving conflict nonviolently, especially for young audiences, is ground breaking and brilliant! Dr. Michael D. Knox, Chair, US Peace Memorial Foundation
  • Were chosen as a focus, and highly praised at the International Congress for Teachers for Peace, Paris, France.
  • Selected by the National PTA as a recommended resource for parents
  • Endorsed by Scouting Magazine and Sports Illustrated for Kids
  • WHY IS EVERYBODY ALWAYS PICKING ON ME—cited by the Omega New Age Directory as one of the Ten Best Books, for its "atmosphere of universal benevolence and practical application"
  • Fighting the Invisible Enemy and Tug of War recommended by the Elementary School Library Collection as "fine contributions to materials for children"; both books also chosen by the British Commonwealth Collection - A Selection of Books and Journals on Nonviolence and Social Change
  • Approved by the New York City Board of Education
  • Selected by the American Booksellers Association for its resource listing of "Children's Books About Peace"
  • "Every publication from the pen of this author should make a significant   contribution to peace within and without. Highly recommended!" - New Age Publishers and Retailers Alliance Trade Journal
  • The Center for Applied Psychology, Inc. cites Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle as an “eloquent leader of the movement to combine principles of education, psychology, and the martial arts to teach young people to resolve conflict peacefully.”
  • "Webster-Doyle's insight is that by recognizing, understanding, and accepting our violent tendencies, we can avoid acting them out. These new books … are good for teachers and parents of elementary school children who need appropriate language and activities to help children deal with their feelings and the violence-provoking parts of the environment. To this reviewer, they are realistic and practical." - Young Children (Magazine of the National Association for the Education of Young Children)
  • "We use his books and thoroughly endorse the usefulness of his methods which have high potential in schools." - Stewart W. Twemlow, M.D. Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis, Menninger Clinic, Martial Arts School owner
  • "Helps young people deal with conflict and violence by describing practical skills for peace." - Holistic Education Review Presented at the 1995 UNESCO-sponsored International Educators for Peace Congress
  • "I realize Why Is Everybody Always Picking On Me? urgency for every child and adult ... My daughter couldn't stop reading it!" - Marina Dubrovskaya, Assistant Director, Dept. of Sociology, Lenin Library, Moscow, Russia
  • "Your book (Why Is Everybody Always Picking On Me?) has really helped me ignore the bullies; and in a way stop bullying others." - 4th grader
  • Presented the National Conference on Peacemaking & Conflict Resolution
  • "The materials were very helpful to the facilitators who conducted the workshop on bullying strategies." - New Jersey State Bar Foundation

… to name only a few.