A new book by Linda Finlay, who has made a career based on bridging the life-worlds of practicing psychotherapy and qualitative research. A collection of her articles and papers may be found online at:
Although positioned as an insight relative to social media (and what isn't, these days?) this article touches on a basic paradigm shift in how human intelligence works.
According to the author, Maslow's popular "hierarchy of needs" would better be replaced by a model that recognises that needs and motivations aren't hierarchical and they aren't individualistic.
Connection and community are basic to everything we do as humans.
The author states:
Maslow’s model needs rewiring so it matches our brains. Belongingness is the driving force of human behavior, not a third tier activity. The system of human needs from bottom to top, shelter, safety,sex, leadership, community, competence and trust, are dependent on our ability to connect with others.
We carry multiple Beings in our Souls because we carry each other and the world. The archetypes are all of us, all the myriad types and styles of Beings that compose our world, human and non-human. We really are the world and the world is us. The idea that we must integrate into a central and strictly human Self seems to be a desire to retain the Western sense of individuality and Ego, and the attitude of superiority of human over non-human.
The sense of individuality we possess makes us susceptible to denying the sense of self to non-human beings:
For individuals in industrialized society, the sense of self is felt to be and understood to exist within the confines of that person. Further, the only beings that are assumed to possess this sort of subjectivity are humans; other beings, lacking this subjectivity, become an other and as such, are of lesser value. Moreover, any point of view which does understand nonhuman beings as possessing an individual self charged with spirit, soul and intelligence is dismissively accused of animism or of anthropomorphizing the outer world. Animism is defined by Freud as nothing but the projection of primitive man’s emotional impulses. As a result of that sweeping assumption, the whole of the highly complex, sensuous and intelligent natural world is reduced to mindless things, blank screens. But by declaring ourselves the only beings with intelligence and a sense of self, we have, in many ways, placed ourselves in a vulnerable position (Rocky Greene, What does the Individuation Process have to do with the Earth?).
TED Talks Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on.
It's fascinating to consider the universality of story arcs and cycles and the way they appear, independently it seems, in psychotherapy theory as well as drama and storytelling. The story cycle diagrams in this article have a distinct resemblance to the "Experience Cycle" model in Gestalt therapy theory. Can these theories learn from one another by comparing notes?
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Yes, it's true, I've had story structure on the brain. I've also recently joined pinterest (of which I immediately became addicted). But there's a happy side effect of these two obsessions… this post!
Holy Cow! Here's a blog post with 10 different diagrams on story structure! I doubt you will ever need another story structure diagram after looking at these.
Some are similar. Some have their own unique twist. And then there's the 17 stages of Joseph Campbell's Monomyth to explore. Yikes -- that's a big one!
Of course, the simplest story structure is: problem -- resolution. Add to that a set-up/context in the beginning and a meaningful close at the end, and you are done.
Hah -- would that storytelling could be so simple! As every professional storyteller will tell you, a powerful story is all in the delivery. Still, if you don't follow the structures in these diagrams, you will simply end up with a plot-based description: "I went to the store. I bought some bread. I came home." No story there! I doubt you would pay money for that one.
Soooo -- check out these diagrams, use them to craft your stories, and you are half-way there. Then go work on your delivery :)
The extremely personal computer: The digital future of mental healthNextgov"Welcome back, kiddo," Regina, your therapist avatar, greets you. Regina has shiny red hair and glasses, and the Australian accent of a Bond girl.
From the article, speaking of something I think most of us have suspected at one time or another:
"..we might be right now witnessing a bona fide revolution that may change mental health services so radically, ‘they will be unrecognisable to the children of my generation.’ As Emma points out, the debate is as much driven by differing concepts of human nature as it is by politics, and the struggle for professional relevance and power"
Johanna Treweeke: This article offers some good, practical perspectives on communication skills, in language that everyone can understand. Of course, there's lot more to conflict resolution and the specific field determines what kind of techniques would work best. But I really like this as an explanation of the principles, with examples that make them easy to grasp.
I also want to add, that this model lacks the key role shame plays in the way feelings and needs are negotiated in relationships.
Journaling is best prescription for mental health improvement...
Recognizing that you are in a downward spiral is the first step to correcting it. You must become self-aware and really see what you are doing in your life. One way to do this is through journaling. By writing down your thoughts and feelings throughout the day and week you can see patterns that arise. Are you always depressed after work? Do you dread the weekends? Do you have someone in your life that brings you down, or someone that brings you up? All these questions can be answered by writing regularly in a journal.
Familiar polarities, impasses, and mismatches in self and relationship - might be images of the way the brain coordinates very different ways of functioning. Can we take this story a bit further? Mindfulness may be the ability that creates dynamic balance and adaptivity from disconnect.
From the article:
"When the brain's analytic network is engaged, our ability to appreciate the human cost of our action is repressed, research led by Case Western Reserve University found."
This article (from 2005) is a clear description of how Gestalt therapy princlples and practices apply in the coaching field, including sections on core assumptions, the Gestalt coaching "stance", and awareness, and the orientation towards "problems".
I can get dizzy trying to keep up with how rapidly and radically the field of psychology is changing. I certainly can't capture the entire scope of its development, but there is a growing movement towards “physicality,” the role and ...
The Dulwich Centre of Australia, one of the global repositories of narrative resources and instruction, offers the first two chapter of Alice Morgan's text What is narrative therapy? An easy-to-read introduction.
How we know, is at least as important as what we know: Before educationalists can begin to teach sustainability, we need to explore our own views of the world and how these are formed. The paper explores the ontological assumptions that underpin, usually implicitly, the pedagogical relationship and opens up the question of how people know each other and the world they share. Using understandings based in a phenomenological approach and guided by social constructionism, it suggests that the most appropriate pedagogical method for teaching sustainability is one based on situated learning and reflexive practice. To support its ontological questioning, the paper highlights two alternative culture‘s ways of understanding and recording the world: Those of the Inca who inhabited pre-Columbian Peru, which was based on the quipu system of knotted strings, and the complex social and religious system of the songlines of the original people of Australia. As an indication of the sorts of teaching experiences that an emancipatory and relational pedagogy might give rise to, the paper offers examples of two community learning experiences in the exemplar sustainable community of Stroud, Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom where the authors live.
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