Though a very special view (Epicurist) of the ageing process and the challenges man and woman face throughout, death included, it's a very important...more
Though a very special view (Epicurist) of the ageing process and the challenges man and woman face throughout, death included, it's a very important book for any psychotherapist,regardless of the philosophical or psychotherapy school espoused. Yalom cites plenty of clinical cases, including his personal record: as child (his view on Religion), as therapist (his masters,...W.H. Bion, namely) and himself (as father,husband...)... ageing.
This is a classic; good for those who still believe in Psychoanalysis. Dolto outlines basic Psychoanalytic theory (childhood's) and then proceeds to c...moreThis is a classic; good for those who still believe in Psychoanalysis. Dolto outlines basic Psychoanalytic theory (childhood's) and then proceeds to clinical cases description and analysis of intervention; the use of children drawings as a diagnostic tool is well and suggestively documented. This is a good introductory course on the theme. (less)
Apparently, a new tool for happiness seekers; and those who want dreams come true,via "reality-control technology". Zeland studied Quantum-Physics.One...moreApparently, a new tool for happiness seekers; and those who want dreams come true,via "reality-control technology". Zeland studied Quantum-Physics.One day he had a dream and a character he names the Observer made it possible for the author to have access to ancient Knowledge.Some of Zeland's concepts look revolutionary, like "pendulums" which he defines as superstructures existing in the subtle world that determine people's behavior; a group of people thinking in the same direction creates a pendulum. Zeland technology is directed at removing the influence of these parasitic plants-like structures; allowing individuals to be free, not falling into traps of thought-energy, learning how to say "no" when necessary, or to ignore certain pendulums...or even to find "your own" pendulums. Vadim is targeting psychological problems and complexes; but some of his ideas/problems have already been approached by psychologists and psychiatrists (namely the work of Albert Ellis:rational-emotive therapy). Creative, though,the Russian writer.(less)
Plato,century IV, BC, in his Republic, spoke of a “trip in the darkness accompanied by guides”. Dutch painter J. Bosch made the famous painting “Ascens...morePlato,century IV, BC, in his Republic, spoke of a “trip in the darkness accompanied by guides”. Dutch painter J. Bosch made the famous painting “Ascension to heaven" in the 15th century. In 1892, the Swiss geologist Heim published his account on near-death-experience: “a sudden revision of the past…time is much expanded”. In the 1980’s, there were “reports of negative experiences of near death, involving “demons and zombie-like creatures, tortures….or due to an excess of carbon in the blood”. Expert Sam Parnia writes that both in Religion and Culture there are common aspects when dealing with the near-death experience; it’s (1) an extracorporeal experience; (2) may imply contact with ancestors or diseased ones, (3) with light and peace experiences and (4) there are distinct frontiers between the dead and the living ones. Very interesting the psychologist Kenneth Ring index and the Greyson scale of NDE.
Robert A. Johnson is a Jungian analyst. His book answers positively to the questions: can old myths describe today's man/woman behavior... and psycho...more
Robert A. Johnson is a Jungian analyst. His book answers positively to the questions: can old myths describe today's man/woman behavior... and psychological development?...and help in psychological healing?
The main myth he's referring to is the quest of Parsifal for the Holy Grail. But also the Wounded Fisher King (applying to man,or the masculine side) and the Handless Maiden (applying to woman,or the feminine side)...and other myths.
Interestingly,even in Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) the myth appears: the ring (of power) is restated to where it should, and withdrawn from those who would use it to destroy the world.
Aspirin aside,I have always been suspicious about all types of pills and medication for treating psychological problems. And this book has got a compe...more
Aspirin aside,I have always been suspicious about all types of pills and medication for treating psychological problems. And this book has got a compelling aspect: it deals with using anti-psychotic medication in children;drugs that usually are prescribed to adults.
In an interview* I've listened to,the author,psychologist Sharna Olfman, a mother of two teens, noticed that when they were at kindergarten,some children around were already being prescribed the drugs at stake,as early as 4 years old.Her theory states that these medicated children are being put under "inappropriate academic pressure" (namely on writing and reading skills acquisition);some cannot cope with it, and manifest behaviors,considered as symptoms.
Sharna discusses one very common condition (I can tell that from my own experience as a psychologist): the attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD**).She raises many doubts on the condition itself and the criteria used for diagnosing it; unlike diabetes,for example, there's no blood test,or any brain (or biochemical) marker to diagnose ADHD; so she's very critical on those "generic symptoms" used as criteria.There's not a "lot of science behind them". Sharna speaks of "drugging emotions,into silence"; labelling children with ADHD we are turning chidren's emotions into symptomatology; therefore, if we see the child on a sad state: she's depressed; if elated,than maniac...and so on. Consequently, maybe this is "a bipolar disorder".
Interestingly, in the book, Sharna refers that in the newest 2012 revision of the DSM,the American Psychiatric Association decided not to include the "pediatric bipolar disorder" designation, admitting, clearly, that the label has been "far too casually applied". Sharna writes about "a psychiatric community culpability".
Also in the book I read this tragic example of the Zyprexa medication,marketed for adults but now being used in children. Out of a sample of 2,500 (who received Olanzapine in clinical trials) 20 died;12 killed themselves.
-So, what's wrong about chidren's behaviors/emotions? Sharna refers some compelling reason: emotional suffering derived from coping with environmental difficulties/challenges,...or abuse.
Solution? -Parents involvement in family therapy; and psychotherapy.Behaviors have meaning.
Back to the interview, Sharna said "anyone with a stimulant can focus"(attention);like when you take caffeine (in coffee).So there's no "underlying biochemical unbalance" in these children.
Sharna warns about the risks of labelling children; for teachers,it may be this the usual way: knowing the child has ADHD,...a kind of deficit,a kind of brain disorder,this very fact "lowers expectations" about the ability of the child to learn.
The book offers a thorough historical perspective on the use of medication for children with psychological problems. _______________
**from Wiki: Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric and a neurobehavioral disorder. It is characterized by either significant difficulties of inattention or hyperactivity and impulsiveness or a combination of the two. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), symptoms emerge before seven years of age. (less)