Monthly Archives: February 2013

Substituting the Extraordinary for the Ordinary

The drive to do extraordinary things is driven by three things: 1) genuine creativity, 2) narcissistic injury, and 3) a difficulty doing ordinary things. Most recently I have been ┬áintrigued by the third reason. It seems that when activities of … Continue reading

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Describing as Prescribing

There is a small trend in popular works on emotional health. A healthy state, like social adjustment or self-confidence, is described by the specific elements that indicate it. So far so good, sometimes this clarification has value. But then it … Continue reading

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Four Ways to Get Stuck

Stephen M Johnson is certainly a proponent of the Reich and Lowen tradition, but he does work more from the object relations end than the drive end. In his book Symbiotic Character, he takes┬áRonald Fairbairn’s internal object relations and describes … Continue reading

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Inspiration as Junk Food

As a therapist, I am chronically engaged in the study of what practices decrease human suffering. I am also engaged in the study of human growth, to the extent that growth can decrease suffering. Everyone is aware that the most … Continue reading

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Durable Helplessness Not a Mental Mistake

There is an undisputable phenomenon in mice and humans (and all mammals in between.) The experience of being helpless to protect oneself can induce a durable (that is not necessarily permanent but possibly permanent) biological state in which attempts to … Continue reading

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