Psychological Habits of Highly Successful People

The literature is full of advice about what you need to do to attain it. You’ll hear loads about purpose, about forming habits, about listening and motivating and focus. And we read the books and watch the videos and pop in the CDs on the commute to work. We do the visioning they recommend, we pay for the coaching.

But we’re missing one important understanding.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, the Psychological Habits of Highly Successful People.

This is a follow-up to a Podcast I produced a month or so ago with psychoanalyst, Leo Lima. Leo joins me again today to penetrate a little deeper into this area of success.

To be honest, this is not something we understand well in North America actually. For all our focus and purported reverence for it, I think we just feel, frankly, traumatized by the subject – or at least by the focus on only one aspect of success, that being the financial/fame aspect of it. We’ve had decades of Dale Carnegie and Napoleon Hill and the thousands of others with the recipe for success, and if we haven’t achieved it within those narrow parameters, don’t you think we start to feel a little desperate? Either that or we just check out completely, look at it all with an ironic and disparaging gaze, host another martini or hug another tree and congratulate ourselves for living a balanced life far from the craziness of the corporate climb.

But this misses the point, too. Because there is something to all this success stuff. We don’t have all this focus on it for no reason.

The problem is we’re asking the wrong questions. Instead of worrying about what we need to do to achieve success, what time management system we need to adopt or what habits we need to strengthen, we need to understand a metaphysical point: success is natural to the human being. We are made for this already. It’s not something we need to build or reinforce – although there is certainly work and effort and discipline required. The whole thing is much more subtle and profound than that.

We have all we need to operate at maximum capacity already. But we have attitudes – psychopathology in Norberto Keppe‘s language – against that capacity.

This is some pretty revolutionary research that’s being revealed from the International Society of Analytical Trilogy in Brazil where I produce these programs. And the content of Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head arrives from these pioneering discoveries about the psychological and spiritual state of the human being. Our psyche, it turns out, has been understood, and its comprehension through Dr. Norberto Keppe’s science leads us to far different conclusions than the vast bulk of published material that graces the book shelves and TV talk shows up to now.

This makes Keppe’s work among the most vital knowledge available on the planet today, which you’ll hear in a moment. Keppe divulges all of his wisdom in over 30 books that contribute significantly to the intellectual treasury of mankind. You can explore those on our Trilogy portal site.

I’d also like to invite you to participate with us in our call-in psychology show, Healing Through Consciousness. Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco, vice-president of Keppe’s International Society of Analytical Trilogy, joins me every week to take your calls and questions about specific areas of your life that you’d like some clarification on. We record every Monday at 2:00 pm ET – through Skype. Healingthroughconsciousness is our Skype name, so just enter us in your Skype contact list and you’re set to go. is our email address if you prefer to be more anonymous.

So today, I asked Leo Lima to join me again to continue our discussion about success. We had a lot of very positive response to our Re-Defining Success Podcast a few weeks ago. So let’s dive in again to the Psychological Habits of Highly Successful People.

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More on Fear and Anxiety

A woman is terrified of going to the supermarket.

A man loses sleep over being evaluated at his job.

A jazz singer is terrorized by her pending success.

It can be crippling and terrifying. And it´s the third largest mental health care problem in the world.

What is going on behind our fears and anxieties?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else´s Head, we´ll take another look at this important social health concern.

First, an announcement, especially for my Canadian listeners to this Podcast. I´ll be in Canada over the next couple of weeks visiting family and friends. If you´re in the Victoria/Vancouver area drop me an e-mail. I´d love to get together with any who are interested in talking about Norberto Keppe´s work.

If you´re in the Greater Toronto area, I´ll be giving a lecture for any who want to know more about Keppe´s important discoveries and how they can help you in all aspects of your life. Loyal listeners to Thinking with Somebody Else´s Head, Lynne MacDonnell and Jason Coombs have very generously offered their meeting room space. My presentation there will be on Tuesday night, July 31, at 7:00 pm. Lynne is psychotherapist and hypnotherapist in Toronto, and her address is 2489 Bloor St. W., suite 306. Write me if you need more information.

A few weeks ago, I interviewed psychoanalyst, Leo Lima, about fears, panic and phobias. I had a number of responses to that program that prompted me to address the subject again. Lori wrote me from New York City about her claustrophobia and wondered how to get copies of Claudia Pacheco´s book, Healing Through Consciousness, which we mentioned in that program. This is a seminal book about psycho-somatic illness, I can get copies of it for you if you let me know you´re interested.

I´ve invited Markku Lyyra to join me today. Markku´s a Finnish psychoanalyst at Keppe´s International Society of Analytical Trilogy, and he has wide-ranging clinical experience treating clients from Europe and Latin America. He has many practical clinical examples this time to help us get to the bottom of these debilitating problems. Markku gives many lectures on this issue. Let´s explore this important issue more deeply today.

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The Fattening, and Thinning, of America

Up to 10 million teens develop disorders in this area. And worries about it can start much younger than that.

Adults are worried about it, too. And companies make big profits on our neuroses.

We’ve become a culture obsessed with it to a degree unprecedented in history. But solutions to it remain elusive.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, we’ll look at why, with all our focus on weight in today’s culture, many of us are getting fatter and fatter while millions of others are wasting away to nothing.

What in the world is going on with our weight?

There are so many factors at play here, aren’t there? A skinny-as-a-rail 13-year-old looks in the mirror and sees a whale. The advertising agencies air-brush models to within an inch of their lives and dramatically alter how we see beauty. Plastic surgeons give whoever has the moeny to pay whatever body they want. Doctors and drug companies push their solutions in packages of pills that make them richer and the rest of us sicker.

Research shows that 42% of first to third grade girls want to be thinner. And 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat. Our neurosis is being manipulated to make money. And not just that – our food industry has been seriously corrupted by a totally skewed profit motive that makes us realize that our corporations and political systems are exhibiting strong psychopathic tendencies.

The work of Norberto Keppe can help us to understand what’s going on here, and shows us how to develop new business and residence structures designed to take the power out of the hands of the banks and corporations, and put the resources, money and power into our hands. These ground-breaking structures and ideas are outlined in Keppe’s revolutionary book, Liberation of the People: The Pathology of Power. This book highlights his great idealism, but also his astute social critique, and his solutions. It’s great stuff. Write me at if you’d like a copy of this book.

We’ll look at our topic today – the Fattening and Thinning of America – in a very expansive way. My dear friend, Susan Berkley from New York City, joins me to talk with Claudia Pacheco, psychoanalyst and vice-president of Keppe’s International Society of Analytical Trilogy.

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Fear, Panic and Phobias

It hits you out of nowhere. For no apparent reason. Its effects are paralyzing. Fear. Of elevators. Of leaving the home. Of fear itself. In the middle of it, you feel like you’ll never climb out. In those moments, it’s exactly as Goethe so eloquently put it … “even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt us.”

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, we’ll penetrate the mysterious world of fear, panic and phobias. If you’re a sufferer, or know someone who is, you’ll find some real clarity today. These conditions are not as murky or impetnetrable as you might think.

By the way, my book offer is still open. Free copies of Norberto Keppe’s Liberation of the People: The Pathology of Power are available. You might think this has no connection to today’s topic, but Keppe’s books are therapeutic in the deepest sense of that word. His studies into psychopathology are unmatched in the history of psychological, philosophical and even theological thought, and I know any introduction to his work will open your eyes to a deeper understanding of all aspects of the human condition. Just write me at if you’d like a copy.

Like most of us, I’ve had friends who’ve suffered from the debilitating effects of fear and panic. From the outside, it can seem so ridiculous. How can you be afraid of that, we say in disbelief. But to the sufferer it’s all too real. I had a friend years ago who couldn’t walk out on the roof of the old office building we worked in together because he had a fear he’d jump off. When I came to Brazil 6 years ago, and I began to study Keppe’s work, I began to understand many neurotic conditions like this one. I began to see that all of our outside difficulties have personal, psychological connections inside us. Our reaction to outside events is more a question of the outside thing mirroring something to us about what’s going on inside us. That’s what we’ll look at today.

Oh and by the way, I think my friend’s fear of jumping was consciousness to him of how self-destructive he was in his life, but didn’t want to see. On the roof, he had consciousness of this, but thought this feeling was unique to being on the roof.

Let’s, if you’ll pardon the pun, dive in and see if we can de-mystify this area.

Leo Lima is a psychoanalyst at Norberto Keppe’s Integral Psychoanalysis clinic here in São Paulo. He attends clients in person and by phone from North America and Europe. Let’s find out what he has to say from his extensive clinical experience.

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