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Psychotherapy and Addiction

In this age of psychotherapeutic accountability, we therapists are forever obsessed with therapeutic outcomes.  And for addiction problems, the life or death outcomes become especially poignant because if efforts fail to stop a patient’s harmful use of substances- lives could be on the line.  And it is in this effort that I address resistance, transference and countertransference issues even though many in my field see these as useless anachronisms of a bygone psychoanalytic era no longer germane. But it is to this literature and interventions that I return to again and again because they so often emphasize how difficult it is to develop therapeutic rapport with drug/alcohol addicts or abusers.  These encounters with patients are especially painful because they can engender feelings of failure in the psychotherapist when you cannot stop the self-abusive behavior; or control your angry feelings toward the patient when one has been lied to again and [...]

By |February 14th, 2020|

The correlation between dreams and Age Point Progression at critical life moments

Age Point Progression Astrological psychology identifies timing of predictable psychological crises in life.  These events correspond with an ‘Age Point’ as it travels through the 12 houses of the horoscope (Age Point Progression) at the rate of 6 years per house. It takes 72 years for the Age Point to go full cycle. Figure 1 Life Clock There are times, determined by the placement of the Age Point, when it may be appropriate to charge ahead and times when it may be better to look inward. When the Age Point travels through the cusp of a house, it is a time of reaction to outside stimulation and one gains fulfillment through the environment.  When the Age Point reaches the cusp of a house, there is more likely potential for accelerated activity. On the other hand, the low point of a house is a point of weakened expression into the environment [...]

By |December 28th, 2019|

The waning of ego-centered models of consciousness; the waxing of the reflective, introspective models of mental health

For centuries Western societies have framed the cultural definition of mental health. The universal acceptance of English as the language of science has created the psychological norms as to what constitutes healthy individual adaptation. Further, the ability of United States and Western Europe to dominate, with English spoken as the key to business institutions, has enabled us westerners to dominate the economic zeitgeist or ‘spirit of the times’. This has amounted to a monopoly  on universities'  curriculum, on collective banking and global markets 1 with a western bias. But now that is breaking down, as the recent dominance of Western societies is being challenged the world over. We shall now evaluate on individual and collective levels what have been the prevailing sociological trends that have captivated both psychological man and his economics since the Enlightenment. And we shall point out how they are breaking down in the face of the [...]

By |December 22nd, 2019|

Astrological Psychology Consultations

maslowFigure 1.2 Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Clients may or may not be motivated to face up to their basic needs both in therapy and in astrological consultation, instead of gratification of their fantasies, wants or desires.  To accomplish this, their ego needs must be recognized and supported by the therapist or consultant as they present them.  First, there is the physical need for safety and security, which is achieved by building trust in the first encounter. The consultant expresses that this is a private and confidential session and returns requests for service promptly. There is a correlation between Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and astrological psychology’s development of ego planets.  On the first two bars of Maslow’s pyramid are Physiological needs and Safety (See Figure 1.2).  These refer to nourishment and growth in the first four years of life, where 70% of development is physical.  A parallel situation for the client [...]

By |December 19th, 2019|

Neptune Part 2

New post on The Astrological Psychology Website The Astrological Neptunian Character 2 by Barry Post by John Grove This is the continuation of John Grove's explorations into his Neptune, following on from the previous post. A complex is an inner state of opposition between these two contrasting energies within the psyche; based on my personal psychological past of early attachments. The way a complex works in the outer world is that a bipolar behavior pattern is expressed. When one side of the complex is expressed at one time you get one presentation and when the other opposite side is expressed you get another presentation. I had this complex that was forgotten and repressed in my personal unconscious. i A complex is not caused by an aspect pattern in a horoscope. It is caused by a traumatic event. “An experience of high emotional content… with great dynamic power.. an event which hits a vital point of our [...]

By |November 16th, 2019|

Neptune the Mystic, Part 1

Part I The Astrological Neptunian character What is written here is an example of my life-long project to understand the effect and siren call of the planet Neptune in my natal horoscope.  The struggle I have had is nothing less than a battle with my own ego, first caused by the disillusionment that comes from recognizing the force of the Neptune energies in my chart and then going beyond the limitations of my own ego identifications to include a universe of possibilities that Neptune represents.  This amounts to nothing less than transcending ego consciousness and learning to perceive non-duality against the backdrop of my personal history of taking a stand against the chaos that comes in when I allow Neptune energies to influence me in negative ways. When Neptune was discovered in 1846 there were synchronistic events on the world stage of technology with photography and moving pictures which paved [...]

By |October 10th, 2019|

Couples counseling and subpersonalities

Today I was interviewing a couple when Mary asked me..."Why do I hold back from people and not communicate but push information that is unpleasant back in my mind and let it just sit there? " Mary was explaining that she has a split between what negative feelings she has and does not communicate to others vs. what she thinks others want to hear.  These two versions of reality are not comparable, not compatible. Then I introduced the concept of subpersonalities and self-expression.  In a course by Will Parfitt, I learned that of "all the contributions of psychosynthesis, the sub-personality model is the most well-known." I asked Mary to consider first how she likes to come across to others.  She said the behaviors she shows is as a confident, determined and a non-dramatic person.  She said she dampened down her emotional side, thought of it as weak and not useful [...]

By |May 23rd, 2019|

The Psyche in action and present dangers of psychic inflation

Some Christian groups which believe in the rapture believe Trump will usher in the end of the world.  These Evangelicals believe that the end of this millennium will result in the Second Coming of Christ and that believers will be transported to heaven.  It is an eschatological concept of certain branches of North American Christians.  Their belief is that there will be an end time event when all Christian believers who are alive will rise along with the resurrected dead believers into Heaven and join Christ.  Apocalyptic events would result in the extinction of humanity, a collapse of civilization, or the destruction of the planet.  The Last Judgment ,  Second coming of Christ, and Great Tribulation are common events described in the Christian scriptures.  A poll conducted in 2012 across 20 countries found over 14% of people believe the world will end in their lifetime.   Global weather phenomenon which [...]

By |March 30th, 2019|
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