Psychological Flexibility and Psychedelic Therapy

This was originally published on EntheoNation. It’s been said in a number of different ways, perhaps for as long as psychedelics have been around: …

Psychological Flexibility and Psychedelic Therapy

————- “We teach flexibility over rigid Ness.”

Lately, many people have been pondering the notion that mental issues and mental disorders Are brought about due to A fixed set of ideas of how things are supposed to be.

The most rigid of these ideas is what we know of as identity. The mechanism is not often easily understood, simply because we as human beings tend to consolidate this sense of self, this “I” as indeed “me” which is the locus whereby thoughts, emotions, and actions coalesce necessarily.

It is from this center of self, so to speak, from which then we assume to be able to negotiate or somehow compensate for what the world gives us. In essence, we are constantly reifying the notion that there is a self as opposed to the world, and so if something isn’t going correctly it’s either something that is wrong with me, or something that is wrong with the world.

The newer kind of approach breaks from this fixed ontological ideal.

At first, we tend to approach it from the outside. We tend not to approach from this “fixed center”. Because typically human beings are pretty much locked into this notion of real truth. And so millimeter by millimeter, layer by layer, we tend to try and work from the outside in to hopefully allow the “dysfunction” or the “issue” to resolve itself fundamentally, which is to say that the “innermost self” will flex a little bit, will change a little bit of it substance such that the issue will lessen or go away.

Upon the action of psychedelics, it seems this rigid fixed center might be more readily available and open to an understanding of itself that is less concrete, less attached to other aspects it encounters and draws into its orbit in order to create identity.

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How to Detect and Manage Communication Aggressiveness

Aggressiveness in relationships can lead to significant stresses. Learn tips on how to manage aggressive communication in yourself and others.
— Read on www.verywellmind.com/what-is-aggressiveness-aggressiveness-in-communication-3145097

—— I teach a psycho education group about communication. And it just dawned on me the other day that I don’t know very much about how to reconcile the two. I tend to be either passive or aggressive in my communication especially on the Internet lol. But I would probably identify more with passive. And so in dealing with attempting to teach about aggressive communicators and too aggressive communicators how to be assertive not aggressive, I’m a little bit lacking in that area. So I was just looking online and here’s a little article I thought I’d repost. And do some more digging.

The Crisis of Modernity

A very good essay-reading. It’s only like a half hour so it’s very accessible and easy to listen to. And does an excellent job as explaining the situation.

Then, you might wish to segue into an essay published in the Journal of counseling and family therapy:

An Essay Concerning the Possibility of a Unitive Theory of Counseling

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https://epublications.regis.edu/cftsr/vol3/iss1/4/

One might notice the parallels yet allow for a distinction in what the purpose of the philosophical discussion is in the video compared to the purpose involved in the proposal for a unitive theory of counseling.

Are they both drawing from the same resource, yet manifesting each to their particular domain?

While it may appear as though the video is saying some thing, or coming to a different conclusion than what the essay is saying, what in actuality they are they really presenting in application?

What is occurring in the juxtaposition?

A Match Made in Heaven

I’m sure you’ve heard how everyone wants to meet their “soulmate“ and live happily ever after…

… i’m pretty sure what your soulmate actually is, is someone who is equally as fucked up as you are. 😁

Then also, I’m thinking the reason why people celebrate couples who have been together an extremely long time is because it takes a lot of effort to get along with someone who’s not fucked up like you are fucked up.

I mean why would we celebrate anything that was easy? If someone has like a 30th wedding anniversary, or 50 years?? Damn. That is called commitment, for real!

… and then how about birthdays? Do you think we’re really celebrating the autonomic biological organism that lasts that long? Hell no! We’re celebrating a person that has had to put up with this bullshit Called the world for however long. 🌹

… And, if you philosophers are so interested. You could go back about three or four years—maybe 5 or 6– in my posts and look for my little blurb about love…

Thought for today.

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I think I’m gonna call my counseling business, you know, when I become a professional counselor:

—-omitted——

Either that, or the first name for my business that I came up was more along the fantasy line, which I think will be much more appealing actually the people who want to get better:

——omitted——-

I’ll just talk with the client, and her and I will just make up shit. Will just make up a fantasy world where everything is perfect. We will just brainstorm her own theory of mental health together, and the person will get better!!

I mean, all the other mental health theories are just purely arbitrary fantasies anyways…aren’t they??

It’s going to be great!

Seriously though. I love mental health. I love being involved in this world.

(don’t tell anyone, though, about my genius ideas for business names. Please. Those are some good names and I don’t want anyone to take them. Never mind, I just omitted them from the post. You get to guess!

“An Essay Concerning the Possibility of a Unified Theory of Counseling” —Counseling and Family Therapy Scholarship Review | Regis University

Counseling and Family Therapy Scholarship Review | Regis University
— Read on epublications.regis.edu/cftsr/

The Meaning and Demeaning of Mental Health

The following is an extract from an interview with Mallory Gothelf, mental health advocate and creator of ‘The Infinite Project‘. “It’s difficult not…

The Meaning and Demeaning of Mental Health

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But I like to put it in terms more of what I choose to apply to myself. The meaning remains the same. I got enough reasons to beat myself up; it’s not that these reasons go away or I change the meaning that they have in my life. Kind of on the contrary, I just don’t allow them to make authoritarian enforcement upon what I am, but allow them to be whatever they are or were.

Of course, though, what meaning is had is ultimately determined by the person. Somehow, though, sometimes we are doing a disservice ideologically when we reduce a persons experience to meaning making. Sometimes it can be a change in ones view upon the situation. But most people just go by the ideological equation for identity, which in our moment, is based on meaning.