The Tyranny of Cool

I’m Richard Lloyd Jones, and this is Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

Ask them about what’s important to them and they’ll counter your enthusiasm with a shrug and a mumbled, “I don’t know.” Somewhere between kid-dom and adolescence, your child stops asking sweek, inquisitive questions and starts acting like everything you care about and they used to care about is now completely useless.

I know, I’m dangerously close to sounding like every other person from the older generation here, lamenting the lost younger generation. But I’m going to go out on a limb and propose that really, today, something is different with our teenagers.

Maybe it’s just a matter of degree … I was pretty obsessed with being cool in my teenage years as well … but we have to be open to the possibility that the decay we see in all areas of our planetary experience has spilled over into our young people.

And I don’t mean just that difficult teenage time when rebeliousness seems a rite of passage. Of course, there are extraordinary and idealistic young people, dedicated and talented. But there’s a lot of decadence, too. Let’s try to understand it better today.

They Tyranny of Cool, today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

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Explaining Illness and Epidemics Energetically

I’m Richard Lloyd Jones, and this is Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head. From the time we’re young, we’re taught to protect ourselves from nature. Sprays to keep off the bugs, oils to block the harmful rays, poisonous cleansers to stave off the offending bacteria shacked up in the bathroom.

Nature is a savage place, we’re shown on Cable TV documentaries, where malefic killer diseases lurk and there are microbe enemies in pigs and birds.

It’s so common to hear this that we can be forgiven for not questioning the accuracy of this view. You see, it was a scientific coup d’etat back in the early 1900s that launched us on the path to seeing all our health problems as coming from the microbes invading us from nature. That was Pasteur’s proposal, the Germ Theory was born, and the burgeoning pharmaceutical industry led by Rockefeller and Carnegie had found its scientific forefather. And its tool for bludgeoning contradictory perspectives senseless, and within a very short time, medical education and clinical practice was firmly on the path of seeing our problems in germs, and making billions with medications to protect us from them.

Explaining Illness and Epidemics Energetically, today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

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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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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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The Inner Game of Health

We’re conditioned to it now. We’re stressed because of work. We’re shy because our family’s shy. We’re sick because there’s a nasty flu bug going around. We vaccinate. We medicate. We pop vitamins and supplements to pump up our besieged immune systems. We’re burned out and fed up. Because of what’s going on outside.

There’s only one thing we forgot: the real problem is inside.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, the Inner Game of Health.

Well, this is a subject we can speak on with some authority here at the International Society of Analytical Trilogy in São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Norberto Keppe, whose work inspires and forms the basis of our podcast, has been working with psychosomatic illness for decades. He formed the first psychosomatic clinic in Latin America at the Hospital das Clinicas, part of the medical school at the University of São Paulo back in the ’50s. Here’s how it’d work back then: the patients the medical doctors couldn’t get anywhere with – the hopeless cases – they’d send to the new guy in that psychosowhatchamacallit department. Then maybe they’d roll their eyes and wink at each other knowingly. “What chance did this young upstart, Keppe, have,” they’d suggest smugly, “When the greatest medical scientists of the time like them couldn’t even get to the bottom of the problem?”

But more than a few times they’d have to eat their tongue depressors when their patients – the hopeless cases – would come back with miracle cures and spontaneious remissions. All through this process of psychoanalysis he was developing. He refined his studies with work in deep psychology in Vienna with Viktor Frankl, Igor Caruso and Knut Baumgarten, and his work deepened profoundly with his discovery of Inversion in the late ’70s. This was a psychological discovery that gave Keppe a glimpse of a fundamental problem inside the human being that caused almost all of his physical, mental and even social problems.

Let me be sure to underline this: Keppe’s discovery of our psychological inversion has connected all the dots of the map of the human psyche. With the Keppean understanding, we can treat all disease, all relationship problems, all self-sabotaging behavior – even problems at the economic and political levels, which were before this seen as totally disconnected from the sphere of psychology. Keppe’s Analytical Trilogy is a unified science as no science before it has been.

Join us in San Diego, Sept. 24 – 27, 2008 to get the overview of Keppe’s comprehensive science as it is applied in many areas of human endeavor. And of course you can write me anytime at

Dr. Marcia Sgrinhelli is a Trilogical dentist who’s been working with Keppe for 20 years. She’s the autho of 2 books on psychosomatic dentistry. She applies his therapeutic discoveries in her thriving dental practice here in São Paulo, and is closely involved with the Trilogical Psychosomatic Department here coordinated by Keppe’s close associate, Dr. Claudia Pacheco. Dr. Sgrinhelli joins me today.

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Escape from Consciousness Island

Used to be there were two possibilities: either you were telling the truth, or you were lying. But Freud introduced a third option: you think you’re telling the truth, but you’re not. You’re just not conscious of it.

Norberto Keppe has a deeper thought: you actually are conscious of your lie, but you’ve hidden that consciousness from view.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Escape From Consciousness Island.

Well, when you start to enter a discussion on the aspect of consciousness, you start to enter a pretty cerebral, theoretical world. I don’t want to go there. But I do want to till the field somewhat because there is a point of view about consciousness that’s not well spread yet through academic and lay circles in human society.

Norberto Keppe, the creator of Analytical Trilogy, is proposing something quite revolutionary: the essence of man is consciousness. Plato and the early Greeks talked about this actually, about how we are born with universal knowledge and ideas. This seems to have been borne out by recent research out of Yale University showing that very young babies have the concept of good and bad in them before they’ve had a chance to learn it. Check out the study conducted by Yale University’s Infant Cognition Center published in the Nature journal in November, 2007.

Socrates worked almost exclusively with this by engaging in dialogues with fellow citizens. He based himself on certain moral principles that could be seen as universal truths, and so any diversion from these in practice or thinking would demonstrate inconsistency or even sickness. Jesus’ teachings, of course, are our best examples of this. He was always exhorting us to look to the truth within for our guidance.

Aristotle started the deterioration from this superior idea by suggesting that knowledge came only from the senses, from experience, and this opened the door to thinkers like Descartes to further deteriorate our philosophy of life by suggesting that universal values were relative.

Keppe is returning us to the superior view in his assertion that we are conscious, we have knowledge. Keppe writes that the universals are concepts from God’s mind implanted in our structure. But being a psychoanalyst, he has noticed that we have attitudes of denying what we know. And he’s explored how and why we do that extensively in his vast and important work, which is also what we explore every week in this program.

All of Keppe’s fascinating perspectives will be applied to an analysis of many areas of human endeavor in our 19th International Congress of Analytical Trilogy, July 4-6, 2008 here in Brazil. Critique and solutions through the eyes of psycho-socio pathology. Write me at for more information.

Today, Cesar Soos joins me again to look at our human pathological tendency to escape from consciousness, which Keppe asserts is our only sickness.

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Healing the Soul – and Society

Everywhere we look today we see devastation. War is still far too common. Races, religions, classes and cultures are lined up against each other. The ice is melting, the species are disappearing …

It can leave you feeling … well, devastated.

And it all causes a deep wound in the human soul.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Healing the Soul and Society.

Well, this is a topic that is daunting to approach, because to begin to treat it means to go deeply into the causes of why society and human beings have gotten so far from the truth of human existence. And this challenges us. Those who hold to evolutionary ideas insist this is just the natural progression from the jungle to civilization. Those who are more socially active point to the transgressions of corporations or the inadequacy of control mechanisms and laws. Most of us are just trying to get by from one day to the next and don’t give it much thought.

But from the point of view of the science of psycho-socio-pathology developed by psychoanalyst Norberto Keppe, we are very far from our true existence, what we were created for. In other words, we are not living as we should. And this is because of our human psychopathology, which is then reflected out into the society we’ve elaborated. This means we are acting against life, against our natural good, beautiful and true essence. And this causes a deep angst in the human soul.

We explore the essence of this theme in all our programs, of course, and I would like to let you know of a couple of other events we’ll be conducting soon to explore it more. We’re holding an International Psycho-Somatic Conference from Mar. 20 – 23, 2008 here in Brazil to explore the latest in Trilogical psycho-energetic medicine. Very provocative, this area, and revolutionary.

And our 19th International Congress of Analytical Trilogy entitled Psycho-Socio Therapy: A New Science for a New World will be conducted from July 4 – 6, 2008, also here in Brazil. A number of psycho-socio therapists will analyze areas like economics, health, education, media, ecology, science, arts and show how they’ve all gone wrong and how to fix them. Ambitious, to be sure, but not over-stated. Keppe’s science is truly remarkable. And unique in its ability to explain the complex interactions between human being and nature. Email me at if you’d like more information on either or both of those events.

Today, an expansive conversation with Dr. Claudia Pacheco, vice-president of Keppe’s International Society of Analytical Trilogy.

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