Towards a Universal Mentality

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

In light of the Paris attacks in November of 2015, it’s difficult to know the best thing to do. The French government, seemingly wanting to show off those decisive decision-making muscles so vaunted in our no nonsense, zero tolerance, “let’s show ’em who’s boss” business model of a society, wasted no time in declaring war.

Most of our western world commiserated concernedly and gave their approval.

Donald Trump said the French need more guns.

It’s oh-so-easy to react in kind in this world. Far too simple to hit back when we’ve been violated, to see red and demand hard justice. That response we know well. From Travis Bickle’s “You talkin’ to me”, to Dirty Harry’s “Go ahead. Make my day” snarl, the world’s full of these modern archetypes. Guys who don’t back down, men and women who make sure they get even.

But is this the best response if we want to resolve this? Will this “brutality to match brutality” move us forward? Seems to me we need a different response. Something we can find in Norberto Keppe‘s science of Analytical Trilogy.

Towards a Universal Mentality, today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

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Truly Combatting Terrorism

The faces of its perpetrators are hidden behind hoods and stockings. Its acts are captured on hand-held home video cameras in dank prisons or God knows where. Its strikes are sudden and unexpected. But we think of it only in terms of our enemies. We, we declare self-righteously, never engage in terrorism.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Truly Combatting Terrorism. A special presentation today: a complete re-playing of an interview I did with Dr. Norberto Keppe 5 days after 9-11. The views of a leading psychoanalysis on one very crucial topic we need to probe much deeper in our society – the roots and solutions to terrorism.

More in a moment.

First an update on our upcoming congresses and conferences on Analytical Trilogy, Dr. Keppe’s science of socio-psychopathology. If you’ve been listening for awhile, you’ll know we have 2 similar events planned for 2008: one here in Brazil, and one in San Diego. If you’re interested in learning more about Analytical Trilogy, how do you make a choice? Let me help you.

Our International Congress of Analytical Trilogy here in Brazil from July 4 – 6, 2008will be for those of you who are resonating with the work we are doing in Brazil in terms of economy, business, residences, publishing, our Integral Psychoanalysis clinic, and the pulse of Norberto Keppe’s work. Check out our site at

In San Diego, our World Congress of Analytical Trilogy will be looking at the specific applications of Keppe’s work in a wide range of areas – from family counseling to the arts to drug rehab to media and journalism. Lectures, workshops, symposia, all looking at the influence Analytical Trilogy could have in a wide area of human activitiy.

You know, I moved to Brazil from New York City in July 2001, 2 1/2 months before 9-11. So when that infamous incident occurred, I was keenly aware of it, and shocked, like most of us. I asked Dr. Keppe to sit down with me and record an interview about his views on terrorism, and how we could begin to process this and even understand and respond to it. Keppe hit some deep chords in this interview, about maturity and consciousness and drew a much bigger circle around this issue than any commentator I’ve heard then or since on the subject.

I’m going to run that interview now, in its original Portuguese dubbed into English by my friend, Gilbert Gambucci. The quality is acceptable, but not fantastic. I’ve cleaned it up as much as possible, including re-recording my questions. But the content is startlingly original – and deeply therapeutic. Let me know what you think.

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