Popping the Positive Thinking Bubble

As a few at the top have been raking in the dough in America, the rest of us have been struggling. Offically “low-wage” familes are increasing in number significantly. While the 1% at the top end is springing for $175.00 gold dusted hamburgers at the Wall Street Burger Shop, the rest of us just feel squeezed.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Popping the Positive Thinking Bubble.

Yes, we’re coming at this positive thinking thing again because I feel strongly that there is something in our culture of positive thinking that has led us astray. And I think that’s been borne out when we just look around us at the society we’ve created. We have children who’ve been uber-stroked with compliments heading into the workforce and completely incapable of coping with criticism, up-in-the-cloud investment experts who demanded only positive financial analysis and perspectives and thereby stayed blind to the dangerously inflated investment instruments that were poised to collapse all around our ears, we have U.S. Fed and Treasury experts being blindsided by the greed and selfishness on Wall Street that they didn’t want to see.

Well, Norberto Keppe‘s science of Analytical Trilogy allows us to understand how all this could happen by putting us in touch with the roots of our human psychopathology that leads to all this, and that our dogma of positive thinking blocks us from seeing. So I’d like to explore this a little more today with my colleague, Susan Berkley.

But before we do that, a reminder about our World Psycho-Social Forum coming up in Brazil May 13-15, 2010. Love to have you join us for that. It would be good to let you know more about this intriguing forum, so you can write me for any more information you’d like … rich@richjonesvoice.com and I’ll make sure you’re completely up to speed.

And one more thing – I’ve been doing a lot of work with my good friend and Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head supporter, Will LaJeunesse, on our Healing Through Consciousness site. This is the call-in psychological program and podcast I do with psychoanalyst, Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco. We’ve got a lot of interesting resource material on that site about Analytical Trilogy, so feel free to check it out. www.healingthroughconsciousness.com. Let me know what you think.

Now, let’s pop the positive thinking bubble.

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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. Joneshealing@gmail.com 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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Redefining Success

Everyone has weighed in with opinions on the subject. The comments flow endlessly from book titles and magazine articles. Our predominating materialistic world view limits our discussion of it to fields of money or fame. But as our defining economic structure crumbles before our very eyes, we’d be well advised to try to redefine it.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Re-defining Success.

Before we begin, I’d like to remind you of our other radio project … a new show I’m developing with Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco, a frequent contributor here, called Healing Through Consciousness. This is a program focussed on offering advice and counseling to you for any problems or difficulties that you want help with. We regularly take calls and emails to delve deeper into those difficult problems that you haven’t been able to solve or get on top of. All the information about how to participate is on our site. Or feel free to write me anytime: rich@richjonesvoice.com

There is much exciting and important emerging from the Brazilian school of Analytical Trilogy, the science I base these programs on. Our radio programs develop and spread those ideas, so do take the time to find out more. You’ll be glad you did.

We’ve approached the idea of success in a popular Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head program way back in January of 2007, but I’d like to come at it again, this time from a little more metaphysical point of view.

We’re very limited in talking about success today because of the economic bias we bring to any discussion on the subject. From the Forbes List to winners on the Apprentice, we give a lot of airtime to success defined by an extremely narrow range of parameters. And that makes us very shallow and it deteriorates our cultural and even intellectual experience.

Lily Tomlin expressed it well when she said, “Sometimes I worry about being a success ina mediocre world.” Amen, Ms. Tomlin. What’s the value of that?

But there is a hunger for more. There has to be. Tell me there is. It’s why I’m putting all this energy and time into this Podcast.

Actually, we see evidence that people are seeking more in the acceptance of Norberto Keppe’s TV show around the world – and Keppe’s show is the polar opposite of the completely irrelevant discourse that defines today’s TV talk show.

And there’s more evidence, too, in the worldwide acceptance flowing to Britain’s Got Talent winner, Susan Boyle, an ordinary, anything but the usual collagen-lipped, air-brushed, made-by-marketing, limited talent wonder we’re normally spoon-fed by our mediocrity-addicted media.

We’re hungry for authenticity. I often think of Keppe’s Analytical Trilogy like the water of truth on our parched earth.

So let’s look at success in that light today. Psychoanalyst Leo Lima joins me today.

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Thoughts on Success

We dream about it. We visualize it. We hire coaches to help us achieve it. We jeer at the soap opera villain who sells his grandmother to get it. We stand around the water cooler and shake our heads at the lives of those who have it, and destroy it.

This time on Thinking With Somebody Else’s Head, some perspective on success.

I’m a North American. It would be impossible not to be affected by the blinders-on-full-sheets-to-the-wind-hell-bent-for-leather single mindedness of the North American culture in its focus on achieving the promised land that is the state of success.

We treat the subject with the reverence and hushed tones that mystics from former times reserved for the awe of creation and poets for the sweet pains of love.

But perhaps, in our strivings for material success, we’ve lost something. It was Canadian writer, Mordecai Richler, who wrote one of the great stories on that very theme in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. And if you haven’t seen the great 1974 movie with Richard Dreyfuss, you should check it out for a reminder of the perils to our souls of an unrelenting quest to fulfill me, me, me.

Susan Berkley is a very successful entrepreneur. She has her own company – The Great Voice Company – she’s a highly sought after voice whose clients include AT&T, she’s a trainer and a writer. She’s going to help us get a little closer to understanding success and why it’s often so elusive, today on Thinking With Somebody Else’s Head.

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