Thursday, December 1, 2022

Comments by Dan Booth Cohen

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  • As a psychologist in clinical practice and a trainer in alternative treatments to emotional and behavioral health that employ neither empirically validated therapies nor psychiatric medication, Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic are essential reference tools. Thank you, Bob Whitaker for your unwavering efforts.

  • Do Family Constellations have a place in these initiatives? I am a PhD psychologist and Family Constellation facilitator and training who has worked regularly in Norway since 2010. Our approach looks at the systemic roots of emotional, behavioral and relationship difficulties. Many symptoms that are considered chronic in psychiatric medicine can be relieved in just a few sessions with Constellations. Are they are your radar?

  • This is an important insight. I haven’t formally studied the data on mass murderers, but I do follow the trail to learn if they are on or are recently off psych meds. My informal research suggests that psych medications are a risk factor in mass murders. That leads to making a distinction between the mentally ill and those prescribed psychiatric medication. As was written in MIA a while ago, when a psychiatrist says, “You have a chemical imbalance in your brain,” what they actually mean is, “Your brain is perfectly normal, but I can change that.”

    In my professional practice as a psychologist, I neither diagnose nor treat mental illness. People come to me with an intention for what they want in their lives and name what stands in the way. The emotional health symptoms are very real – depression, anxiety, mania, psychosis, and so on. I work with a person for them to discover “who” is their symptom. It’s an entirely different paradigm from the standard model. Most of my clients find their symptoms resolve in 1-3 sessions spread out over 3 months. The most difficult symptom to treat are the side-effects of psych meds, because it can take a very long time for the brain to fully recover from their toxicity. I do not work with acute mania and psychosis.

    If instead of drugging people with depression, anxiety and lack of healthy connection to their lives, we had an emotional health support system that looked at the root causes – what Robert calls the societal failure – the whole landscape would change. As it stands, emotionally healthy, inspired and awakened individuals are what society can least afford.

  • There is a false premise which corrupts nearly all psychology research. Scientific psychology considers it a given that human consciousness is an epiphenomenon of neural activity. As Francis Crick argued, “A person’s mental activities are entirely due to the behavior of nerve cells, glial cells, and the atoms, ions, and molecules that make them up and influence them.” Crick’s conjecture has been falsified, but research continues unabated..

    This false premise is central to the mission of Mad in America. If Crick were correct, then manipulating the brain to influence emotions and behaviors is sensible. It is treating the symptom at the source. However, if a person’s consciousness is not created by their brain, then perturbing the brain is only suppressing symptoms and not addressing root causes.

    Three Identical Strangers and the twin studies undertaken by researchers did not consider that TRA are continuously entwined mentally and emotionally with each other, similar to two entangled particles in quantum physics experiments. Their separation – and the false narrative that they have no lost sibling – is crazy making in itself. Separated twins have severe emotional and behavioral problems because their consciousness cannot tolerate the unnatural distance between them nor the denial that they are missing an inseparable part of themselves.

  • I am a psychologist who, together with my partner a LICSW, offer a process called Seeing with Your Heart, which integrates family systems therapy, indigenous ancestor/spirit communication and existential phenomenology. We lead intensives in New Zealand every two years and have greatly benefited from learning Maori healing practices. Many Kiwis are of mixed Euro-Maori ancestry and the blending of these cultures is the norm in post-colonial New Zealand. The emergence of Maori healing practices will continue to evolve and serve as a valuable alternative to conventional psychiatric treatments.

  • Interesting Annette. Mark Wolynn and I are friends and colleagues for many years. His book has made a huge contribution to informing people about inherited trauma and the method for healing. There are many good practitioners in the UK, if you ever feel called to do a piece of healing for yourself.

    Interesting that my grandfather was also assigned to water his company’s mules in WWI. He came back with PTSD, which was called Shell Shocked at the time. I only met him a couple of times, though he lived nearby into his mid-80s. My father was a WWII vet. He was part of the “Great Generation” of traumatized veterans who achieved professional success.

    The healing of transgenerational trauma is such a gift. My partner and I do clinical work and also lead trainings, intensives and immersions. It really is the missing piece of the puzzle in emotional and physical well-being.

  • What a beautiful, authentic and moving tribute to your siblings and healing process. I am so glad to read about Open Dialogue and its power as an alternative to conventional treatments. My own work with intergenerational trauma looks at patterns of grief, addiction and trauma that extend for many generations. Even when the facts and stories are lost, the impacts remain active. I wonder what happened in your father’s lineage 3-7 generations back? It is possible to use the heart as an organ of perception to unearth the root source and create healing processes between the living and the dead. All my best wishes for your continuing healing journey.

  • I appreciate this well-reasoned and documented article. As with most academic psychology it omits one of the most important characteristics of the indigenous mind that has been lost to we moderns. Historically and currently, indigenous people throughout the world respect and interact with the consciousness of ancestors.

    In the scientific age, the psyche,which was understood as a node of the consciousness that permeates the universe, was discredited by the proposition that the mind is an epiphenomenon of brain functioning. Although a century and a half of rigorous scientific investigation has failed to validate this view, it remains the dominant theory in science and psychology.

    I am a clinical psychologist who works with individual, ancestral and spirit consciousness. It is an effective method for releasing a host of emotional, behavioral and relationship difficulties – and it can be accomplished in one to two sessions. There is a wealth of sound scientific research that validates the view that consciousness creates life, not the other way around. Psychologists will be well-served to align with this research, instead of ignoring or belittling it. That will open the doors for indigenous understanding to have its much needed renaissance.