Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Missing Psychopath

The psychopathic character is the only character concept that has much currency outside the Reich and Lowen tradition. Robert Hare Ph.D developed a well-validated tool for identifying this character based on biographical footprint (alas missing the physical and energetic aspects … Continue reading

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Manic Depression in a Society

The connection between mania and depression in the individual has been understood for a long time. Alexander Lowen describes this in his book Depression and the Body. The mania is inevitably followed by a crash. This is a biological phenomenon. … Continue reading

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The Exciting Object Loop

Alexander Lowen worked at the drive end of things more so than the object relations end of things. However, he did emphasize the role of illusion in suffering. Perhaps the most common illusion is the illusion that real love has … Continue reading

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Taking the Pants Off

I was recently at the bi-annual IIBA (Lowenian) Conference in San Diego. I had the good fortune to attend an all-day workshop with a very experienced trainer Heiner Stekel, from Germany. Heiner has been teaching and performing bodywork for thirty … Continue reading

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The Sacred Cow of Muscle Tension

I have been reading an excellent book by Clair Davies on self-massage for ‘trigger’ points. ┬áThis is based on the work of the late┬áJanet Travell MD . Now the work of Dr Travell and Mr Davies is organized around the … Continue reading

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Ordinal Abuse and Abuse of the Mean

I work in a large medical center, which is now expected to compare itself to other large medical centers in certain quality indicators. Now there could well be serious questions of the relevancy of these indicators, but setting that aside, … Continue reading

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Pushing the Poles, or Feeding the Shadow

The shadow is a wonderful conceptual tool from the albeit somewhat dis-embodied Jungian tradition. Most human traits exist as polarities on a continuum. To be human means to possess the entire spectrum in some way, constructively or destructively or in … Continue reading

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