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With Dominance for All

Though it is little remembered, Abraham Maslow’s early work dealt with the construct of dominance in humans, and how it influenced work,  social matters, and especially sex. As one reads Maslow’s early papers (anyone who would like copies for educational … Continue reading

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Real Change Destabilizes Relationships

Most couples who come to me for therapy are quite miserable but quite stable in the sense that they cannot separate. If one partner changes, the relationship is less miserable (for both) but also less stable. It is usually at … Continue reading

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Another Value to Character Focus

David Shapiro has pointed out that ‘historical’ (psycho-dynamic) explanations of mal-adaptive behavior tend to be exculpatory, and so the client never really ‘owns’ the problem. He prefers ‘contemporary’ (cognitive) explanations which keep the client ‘on-the hook’ However, contemporary/cognitive explanations draw … Continue reading

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Transference Cure Revisited

In the realm of emotional suffering, there has always been an illusory type of improvement. If someone in the role of ‘healer’ is convincing enough, the recipient will tend to feel better, and even in limited ways function better, if they … Continue reading

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The Misuse of Reassurance and Release

Most clients arrive in therapy eager to talk about problems.  This is informative briefly. for the therapist, but also a release of tension and anxiety for the client. The ‘expected response’ is reassurance from the therapist. I would say that … Continue reading

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The Work of Majid Ali, MD

I am very interested in Dr Ali’s work. He is outspoken about the both the limits and the contributions of allopathy. In his blog post below he gives his insights on what I have called sympathetic shift, and also endorses … Continue reading

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A Two-Way Street

I have noticed something changing slowly as over the years as I have pursued bodywork aggressively. People’s responses to me are warmer and more attentive. In the mainstream cognitive and behavioral tradition, a basic premise is that if we do … Continue reading

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Working Transference in Therapy

I have Stephen M Johnson to thank for the idea. As far as the attitude toward change in therapy, clients seem to have three types: Magic Transference This is where the client expects the therapist to do something that will … Continue reading

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A Great Diagram Contrasting Masculine and Feminine

Though this is a controversial area of discussion, the following diagram is well worth reviewing: http://www.drglover.com/site/drglover/files/pdfs/masculine-feminine-aug-2012.pdf

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A Second Great Divide

In my last post I discussed the persistent divide between disciplines that work with the body and those that work with the mind. This got me thinking about another divides that make modern life easier to tolerate. Alexander Lowen frequently … Continue reading

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Bridging the Great Divide

I have been struck by how persistent is the great divide between body workers who try to change the human condition by disciplines such as Pilates, Yoga, Qi Gong, martial arts, deep tissue massage, Rolfing, Kit Lauglin’s Stretch Therapy, or … Continue reading

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