Category Archives: Society

Posts relating to the effect of social norms, values, and laws on the energetic health of a person.

Turgor and Colloid–Any Connection With Fascia?

There is now on Youtube a very interesting video about the role of fascia in health The information certainly supports the Reich and Lowen tradition’s emphasis on the muscular system as a main point of limitation in emotional human functioning. … Continue reading

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Missions and Tending

In my work with couples, I frequently encounter a difference in meeting responsibility. The masculine tends toward organizing responsibility in the format of ‘missions,’ discrete bursts of goal directed behavior, while the feminine tends to implement responsibility through ‘tending,’ a … Continue reading

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The Darn Placebo Effect

Human suffering can be reduced considerably but temporarily by the initiation of any intervention that the sufferer believes in. This is the ‘placebo’ effect. This is why the tooth immediately hurts a lot less as soon as the dentist appointment … Continue reading

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Deficit and Conflicts

Psychotherapy is about overcoming inabilities–and there are two main ways to approach these inabilities, as the result of deficits or as the result of conflicts. From the deficit point of view, the ability to proceed in life in a certain … Continue reading

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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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Modern Medicine Dismisses Skill

Well at least health skills in patients. Health behaviors are requested from patients, but only unskilled ones! For instance, in asthma and obstructive pulmonary disease, no breathing skill is taught or even considered. In diabetes, eating (more than just avoiding … Continue reading

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The Most Important Difference

The most important difference in growth is between almost nothing happening and actually nothing happening. Think of a child at 8 or 9 years of age. Nothing seems different than the day before but the child is growing rapidly and … Continue reading

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