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Retelling our own life stories that are creative and hopeful rather living as victims and in despair.

The Stories We Live By Stories We Live By

    • Life Sciences

Retelling our own life stories that are creative and hopeful rather living as victims and in despair.

    How The False Stories of Mental Illness Can Steal Your Life. Part 3

    How The False Stories of Mental Illness Can Steal Your Life. Part 3

    In Part 3 of this series I will discuss the differences between a relationship with a Psychotherapist or other mental health professional that will help rather than hurt those seeking help for emotional pain, difficult relationships or problems realizing a life that is creative and emotionally fulfilling. I will describe what to expect and look for in a relationship that goes beyond the destructive moral labels of psychiaric diagnoses and is based on person to person interactions defined by mutual respect, honesty, openess and lacking in any forms of coercion and intimidation. I refer to the former as psychotherapy which pretends to be a form of medicine and the latter as psycho"therapy" which recognizes, in one way or another, that the interaction is medical in name only. I will argue that many professionals do practice psycho"therapy" inspite of defining their efforts with medical terms such a "therapy," "patient," "mental illnesses and disorders," "symptoms" and the like.                                                   store.bookbaby.com/book/psychotherapy-and-the-stories-we-live-by

     

     

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    How the False Stories of Mental Illness and Health Can Steal Your Life, Part 2

    How the False Stories of Mental Illness and Health Can Steal Your Life, Part 2

    A second episode dealing with the myths of mental illness and health and the various ways in which your life can be ruined. I will continue my discussion of the basic information the public requires to interact with the professionals that comprise those supposedly "diagnosing" and "treating"  problems in living. 

    • 43 min
    How The False Stories Of Mental Illness and Mental Health Can steal Your Life

    How The False Stories Of Mental Illness and Mental Health Can steal Your Life

    A person writes on Twitter "I had so many dreams. Had so many things I wanted to do. I was told I needed to wait for the right cocktail of meds ...so I could be balanced. Days turned into months and years. 20 years gone. Never got to start my life." In todays episode I shall describe how being drawn into the lies of the the mental health industry steals lives and what each person might learn that will allow them to avoid or escape from the traps of our current system of so-called mental health services. I will suggest ways of finding real psychological help by becoming an educated consumer of what is currently available and ultimately being your own life advocate.

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    The Story of Race in America as told by Isabel Wilkerson

    The Story of Race in America as told by Isabel Wilkerson

    Today I will discuss some of my reactions to Wilkerson's argument that race based on skin color formed the basis of a caste here in America. I will discuss the incredible, mind altering statement that "there are no black peope in Africa.'' I will discuss this from my own vantage point that had my grandparents not left Russia for America I would have most certainly died in a killing field or extermination camp because I belonged to the "Jewish Race." Here in America Judaism is a religion and my race is White. I feel certain this will be the first in a series of podcasts on this vitally important topic.


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    • 34 min
    The Mysterious Story of the Self

    The Mysterious Story of the Self

    Today I will discuss the nature of the self and try to convince my listeners that beginning a sentence that expresses a psychological fact should not be "I am" but "I do" thereby changing the nature of our selves from nouns to verbs. This small grammatical shift allows us to recognize the enormous difference between judging ourselves and judging our actions or behaviors. Once we judge ourselves as a noun the judgment becomes a permanent attribute of our identity and self. Once we judge our behaviors we have an opportunity to change any aspect of our behavior which we (or others) feel is wrong or harmful. The change from "I am" to "I do" also allows us to challenge the psychiatric nonsense of being lablelled as mentally ill or disordered and living with the belief that our selves are permenantly defective. For example, "I am Schizophrenic" changes to "I behave schizophrenically and I can always learn to behave differently."   I will also discuss the relationship of our brain's activities to our understanding of self and selves.  


    To learn more read my book 'Psycho"therapy" and the Stories We live By' www.store.bookbaby.com/book/psychotherapy-and-the-stories-we-live-by

    • 41 min
    The Destructive Myths of Race and Intelligence

    The Destructive Myths of Race and Intelligence

    I will deconstruct the concepts of race and intelligence and describe how these basically unscientific and invalid concepts have been used to divide and dehumanize human beings and justify the enslavement and murder of millions as well as convince more millions into believing that race, rather than their humanity, is the primary definition of their identities.  


    My guest today will be Dr Chuck Ruby, author of "Smoke and Mirrors: How You Are Being Fooled  About Mental Illness" https://chuckruby.com


    See my book at store.bookbaby.com/book/psychotherapy-and-the-stories-we-live-by

    • 46 min

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