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Depression and Society

Here’s a wild thought: it’s our socio-economic structure that is causing most of our distress and misery today.

We’ll even go a little further: it leading us into mental and physical illness. After all, human beings cannot live in balance if society is out of balance. The dynamics between the individual’s internal problems and the resultant social difficulties has rarely been studied … and never with the clarity and vision we’ll introduce today.

Stress as a consequence of social sickness, led by the most unbalanced individuals in our society today – our leaders – and what we need to do to improve it. Provocative stuff today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

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The Prison of Victimhood

It is enticing to follow its seductive lure. “It’s not your fault. You couldn’t help it. There was nothing you could do.” These are the beguiling voices we hear.

Victims drive the ratings on daytime TV, after all. Blaming, finger pointing, laying on the guilt – so common, so righteous, so … convenient.

And so wrong.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, freeing ourselves from the Prison of Victimhood.

Now you who are regular listeners to Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head will already have a good idea which side of this theme we’re goint to come down on, don’t you? Our program, based as it is on the cutting edge psychological research coming out of the Brazilian school of Analytical Trilogy, could do nothing other than focus the discussion inward. Because that’s where the trail inevitably leads.

Norberto Keppe, the scientist behind the profound work coming out of Analytical Trilogy these days – and it is formidable indeed, in the areas of education and medicine and economics and physics – Keppe puts forward the idea that we have contact with all the magnificence and glory of Creation through our inner selves, that beautiful atmosphere of universal knowledge and wisdom that resides within each one of us. Plato called it the world of infused knowledge, meaning intelligence and savvy that we are born with. In Keppe’s language, these universal knowings within would be divine concepts inside the human mind.

And this opens the door to a staggering thought given all the modern science that points in the opposite direction, and that is that we are not creatures who are evolving to greater intelligence and knowledge at all, but we are instead creations with all possible understanding already infused in us. And coming to re-discover that is an inner journey.

There is already evidence of the presence of this native intelligence and sense of ethics from our very beginning as babies in excellent research coming out of the Infant Cognitive Center at Yale and University of California at Berkley professor, Alison Gopnik’s studies into the Philosophical Baby, and they’ve reached fascinating conclusions about the rich and intelligent inner life of babies from the beginning.

All of this to say that it’s by treading the inner path that we really come to know reality, not through our external machinations. Not to say we don’t gain substantial wisdom from our experiences – of course we do – but I mean that it’s through this outer contact that we come to know ourselves, that self that already exists and is not simply a product of our outer experience.

Which is what Socrates was contending 2500 years ago.

So victimhood, that state of being shaped and fashioned by our outer traumas, can be re-considered, which is exactly what we’ll do today. Helena Mellander, a frequent contributor to Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, is a Swedish journalist who’s been having quite an impact with her new blog in Swedish written with our colleague, educator Sofie Bergqvist. Helena wrote about this recently to interesting discussion from the Swedish community.

If this also stirs your desire to comment, I’m always happy to hear from you. rich@richjonesvoice.com.

Now, freeing ourselves from the Prison of Victimhood.

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What Really Causes Stress

Unemployment rates are the highest in 16 years. We’ve got massive foreclosures and forecasts of trillion dollar deficits. Our kids have A.D.D. Everything we touch causes cancer. And our football team missed the playoffs. Again.

No doubt about it … living in the 21st century is bringing a lot of stress.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, we’ll dig deeper into what really causes our stress … and more importantly, how a therapeutic science from Brazil can help us finally understand and deal with our admittedly stressful world.

Here at the beginning of 2009, we have a pretty bleak outlook. Well, it’s time to offer an anti-dote to all that. Some hope, if you will.

And the moment I say that I realize how trite it sounds to our jaded ears. We’ve heard it all before, haven’t we? This book, that 10-steps-to-a-greater-you, this magic pill. We’re caught between wanting something to believe in and having been disappointed so many times we’ve stopped believing. Almost. We’re cynical, sardonic, ironic as hell.

But one of the problems is that we’ve been looking too much outside ourselves for resolution. It’s tough to resolve our essential problem out there because the source of our difficulties lies inside here. And what we’re exploring on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, what forms the basis of all our work at the International Society of Analytical Trilogy here in São Paulo, Brazil is a comprehensive science that gives us the consciousness needed to treat those inner demons.

Norberto Keppe‘s Analytical Trilogy is a union of theology, philosophy and science that really fills in the blanks of our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in. As a listener wrote recently, “Keppe’s greater principles make a great deal of sense.” And sense is what we’d like to continue bringing in 2009.

Let’s try to make sense of stress today. We have a lot of if in our world. Helena Mellander is a Swedish journalist working in our Trilogical companies here in Brazil, and she’s also been working for some months now to develop some deep health programs for companies based on Keppe’s work. One of the principal reas of concern in these workshops is dealing with stress.

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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. rich@richjonesvoice.com

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. rich@richjonesvoice.com

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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