Welcome to “The Emergent Human where we explore Optimizing Health,
Embodied Spirituality and Post Conventional Living. I am Michael
Ostrolenk, a therapist, coach and educator and I am your host.
Today’s show is brought to you by Somatic Psychotherapy Today.
Ostrolenk speaks with Steven Kessler, a psychotherapist who has studied many different healing modalities and maps of personality, including the Enneagram (with Helen Palmer), NLP, energy work, Thought Field Therapy, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques or tapping). For 20 years he has been a student of Lynda Caesara, studying Character Structure, the direct perception of energy, and shamanism in the lineage of Grandfather Two Bears and the Southern Seers tradition. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Personality Patterns: Your Guide to Understanding Yourself and Others and Developing Emotional Maturity.
- https://www.amazon.com/Personality-Patterns-Understanding-Developing-Emotional/dp/B08T42G1S7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1Z4TXVZ1KTYCB&keywords=steven+kessler+the+5+personality+patterns&qid=1655469985&sprefix=steven+kessl%2Caps%2C106&sr=8-1 )
During the interview Steven takes us through the developmental tasks a person needs to master, both in utero and during childhood, and the consequences of failing to master each of those tasks. He outlines the safety strategies we adopt to try to feel safer during that time and how each safety strategy develops into a pattern which becomes part of our personality. He then discusses how our personality patterns shape our interactions with others and the value of getting out of our personality patterns and returning to simply being present in the moment.
The 5 Personality Patterns
A shout out to my colleague Abby Kreitler Hand, an epigenetics coach who does Preconception health coaching which focuses on optimizing the health of both parents, before becoming pregnant. This may involve improving sleep, correcting nutrient deficiencies, balancing body systems, managing stress, increasing fitness level, reducing inflammation, and even
removing exposure to chemicals, medications and other substances that may impede health and fertility. Check out her work at handwellness.com
We will close out today’s show with one of my favorite singer/songwriters
Stuart Davis and his song “Nothing in Between”.