Friday, December 21, 2007

The Destructive Culture of Narcissism

What’s in it for me? Looking out for #1. Blow your own horn. If you want a job done right, do it yourself.

North American culture is full of sayings like these, and they reveal something pretty clearly about our philosophy of life, don’t they? One we are spreading all around the globe. Human beings really do look out only for themselves … and this is killing us.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, the Destructive Culture of Narcissism.

It’s a appropriate time of the year to do this program because it’s a time of the year when we are maybe (although it’s debatable whether we really do this or not) a little more open to thinking of something other than me, me, me. And it’s this opening we’d like to exploit today on our program.

As you must know if you’ve been listening to Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head at all, our association here in Brazil - the International Society of Analytical Trilogy - and our sister organization, the STOP the Destruction of the World Association, have a large objective: to make human beings more conscious of the problems in the human psyche which have never been adequately addressed and which lie at the root of our inverted society and feed all the destruction we are doing to our beautiful planet.

We offer Norberto Keppe’s TV programs in many languages to community TV stations all over the world, we have books and publications available, we give lectures and classes. And there are two other important things to tell you about:

1) We’re holding an International Congress on Keppe’s science of psych-socio-pathology in July of 2008. Write me for more information on that …

2) We’ll also be starting a new program very soon where you can learn more about our work and how it can help your life. We’ll be offering monthly newsletters and teleclasses and Q&A sessions so you can really begin to penetrate this world of the human psyche defined by Keppe. Again, just write me at and I’ll make sure you get the information about this. We’re pretty excited about it and are hoping many of you who are regular listeners to Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head will take advantage of it. After all, we need to build a community of more conscious people, and that means understanding ourselves and our difficulties more completely.

Which is what all of our work, and this radio program, are all about.

Today, narcissism. Dr. Claudia Pacheco joins me again to look at this volatile subject.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Resonating with God

Questions. We ask a lot of them in our lifetimes. From, "Why is the sky blue?" to "I wonder if Mary Jane likes me," to "How am I going to pay the mortgage this month?" We dream away our days and lie awake at night with millions of questions in our minds. But in our increasingly materialistic world, we don't usually even broach the essential ones.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Resonating with God.

The essential stuff of life. What is that? We can look around us and be confused, right? It's all so ... mundane. Jeans ads that take up the entire side of a building. Companies throwing credit cards at us. Newspapers full of stories we have difficulties putting into context. We're overwhelmed with the sheer pressure of living in our highly materialistic and competitive societies. So we don't ask very often - we're not encouraged to ask - the essential questions.

And then, suddenly, there's a crisis in the family or the community, with our health or livelihood, and it all comes flooding in. Who are we? Why are we here? What is it all about, Alfie? And those are sobering questions in those wee, small hours of the morning.

Many years ago, I was walking through Gastown in Vancouver - in those days a lot rougher than today. It was close to Christmas, and a street person - a woman - was begging not for money, but for hugs. It was a strong reminder to a young student that humanity has missed the boat completely. We're so far from the essential elements of life that we're not even considering them much anymore. We just default to surviving, to getting by from one day to the next, and blotting out the uncomfortableness of the nagging unhappiness we feel with booze or pills or sex or TV or the line score of the Mets and the Phillies.

This strikes deeply to the core of Norberto Keppe's work, which he has stated is to lead the human being back to the goodness for which we were created but have rejected out of our strong psycho-socio pathology. This school of study is well developed here in Brazil, and in fact, we are training professionals (psycho-socio therapists) to treat these inverted conditions in schools, churches, community organizations, etc. Our 19th International Congress of Analytical Trilogy, July 4 - 6, 2008 will address Keppe's science of psycho-socio pathology directly, and provide an excellent base for you if you'd like to learn to work with this essential level of human problems. Just write me for more information on that:

Today, Dr. Claudia Pacheco, vice-president of Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy, joins me to talk about God, and man, and healing ourselves.

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Friday, December 07, 2007

The Power of Problems

They can be small, or enormous. They can have innocuous, even insignificant beginnings, but if untreated, become major headaches. Optimists like to see them as opportunities in disguise as a way to change the negative definition. And still, we generally avoid them like the plague.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, The Power of Problems.

Well, problems we have. Loads of ‘em. From the serious social ones like the dangerous and psychotic behavior that passes for leadership from people like Bush in our world today, to the more close-to-home difficulties like how to get Uncle Bob to quit drinking, to the personal, like, “why do I find it so difficult to speak in public?”

The issues can be personal, but there is something universal in the treatment of them. And that is: we try to hide from our problems. This can be seemingly well intentioned like the usual advice to stop dwelling on our problems and think positively, as Ronald Reagan counseled as his way of overcoming the trauma of the Vietnam War. In this case, sort of a political sing along - Don’t Worry Be Happy. And just as superficial and even dangerous.

A friend of mine ignored the lump in her breast for over a year, and by the time she finally got around to treating it, it was too late.

When it comes to problems, by the time we get to, “Houston, we have a problem,” we’re usually only seeing the problem we’ve had for a long time.

We need to get to the source of the problem and what’s behind it, and that means … seeing it. This is what Dr. Norberto Keppe’s work is all about: helping us to diminish our censorship to seeing our problems - both personally and, perhaps even more importantly, socially - through his science of psychosociopathology.

We’ll be looking at many of humankind’s problems through the lens of Keppe’s science at our 19th International Congress of Analytical Trilogy from July 4 - 6, 2008 here in Brazil. Write me for more information at

Today, psychoanalyst and philosopher Leo Lima joins me to look at how we treat problems in Keppe’s Integral Psychoanalysis.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Escape from Consciousness Island

Used to be there were two possibilities: either you were telling the truth, or you were lying. But Freud introduced a third option: you think you’re telling the truth, but you’re not. You’re just not conscious of it.

Norberto Keppe has a deeper thought: you actually are conscious of your lie, but you’ve hidden that consciousness from view.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Escape From Consciousness Island.

Well, when you start to enter a discussion on the aspect of consciousness, you start to enter a pretty cerebral, theoretical world. I don’t want to go there. But I do want to till the field somewhat because there is a point of view about consciousness that’s not well spread yet through academic and lay circles in human society.

Norberto Keppe, the creator of Analytical Trilogy, is proposing something quite revolutionary: the essence of man is consciousness. Plato and the early Greeks talked about this actually, about how we are born with universal knowledge and ideas. This seems to have been borne out by recent research out of Yale University showing that very young babies have the concept of good and bad in them before they’ve had a chance to learn it. Check out the study conducted by Yale University’s Infant Cognition Center published in the Nature journal in November, 2007.

Socrates worked almost exclusively with this by engaging in dialogues with fellow citizens. He based himself on certain moral principles that could be seen as universal truths, and so any diversion from these in practice or thinking would demonstrate inconsistency or even sickness. Jesus’ teachings, of course, are our best examples of this. He was always exhorting us to look to the truth within for our guidance.

Aristotle started the deterioration from this superior idea by suggesting that knowledge came only from the senses, from experience, and this opened the door to thinkers like Descartes to further deteriorate our philosophy of life by suggesting that universal values were relative.

Keppe is returning us to the superior view in his assertion that we are conscious, we have knowledge. Keppe writes that the universals are concepts from God’s mind implanted in our structure. But being a psychoanalyst, he has noticed that we have attitudes of denying what we know. And he’s explored how and why we do that extensively in his vast and important work, which is also what we explore every week in this program.

All of Keppe’s fascinating perspectives will be applied to an analysis of many areas of human endeavor in our 19th International Congress of Analytical Trilogy, July 4-6, 2008 here in Brazil. Critique and solutions through the eyes of psycho-socio pathology. Write me at for more information.

Today, Cesar Soos joins me again to look at our human pathological tendency to escape from consciousness, which Keppe asserts is our only sickness.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Healing the Soul - and Society

Everywhere we look today we see devastation. War is still far too common. Races, religions, classes and cultures are lined up against each other. The ice is melting, the species are disappearing ...

It can leave you feeling ... well, devastated.

And it all causes a deep wound in the human soul.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Healing the Soul and Society.

Well, this is a topic that is daunting to approach, because to begin to treat it means to go deeply into the causes of why society and human beings have gotten so far from the truth of human existence. And this challenges us. Those who hold to evolutionary ideas insist this is just the natural progression from the jungle to civilization. Those who are more socially active point to the transgressions of corporations or the inadequacy of control mechanisms and laws. Most of us are just trying to get by from one day to the next and don't give it much thought.

But from the point of view of the science of psycho-socio-pathology developed by psychoanalyst Norberto Keppe, we are very far from our true existence, what we were created for. In other words, we are not living as we should. And this is because of our human psychopathology, which is then reflected out into the society we've elaborated. This means we are acting against life, against our natural good, beautiful and true essence. And this causes a deep angst in the human soul.

We explore the essence of this theme in all our programs, of course, and I would like to let you know of a couple of other events we'll be conducting soon to explore it more. We're holding an International Psycho-Somatic Conference from Mar. 20 - 23, 2008 here in Brazil to explore the latest in Trilogical psycho-energetic medicine. Very provocative this area, and revolutionary.

And our 19th International Congress of Analytical Trilogy entitled Psycho-Socio Therapy: A New Science for a New World will be conducted from July 4 - 6, 2008, also here in Brazil. A number of psycho-socio therapists will analyze areas like economics, health, education, media, ecology, science, arts and show how they've all gone wrong and how to fix them. Ambitious, to be sure, but not over-stated. Keppe's science is truly remarkable. And unique in its ability to explain the complex interactions between human beings and nature. Email me at if you'd like more information on either or both of those events.

Today, an expansive conversation with Dr. Claudia Pacheco, vice-president of Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

The Roots of Racism

It's been justified and rationalized for centuries, and the arguments to support it vary from scientific to downright insane. Although universally doncemned, subtle forms of it still crop up in all modern societies. Skin color, sex, what you put on your head or to cover your face are still fair game for prejudice.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, the roots of racism.

First, thanks for all your notes to me about the program. It's always gratifying to hear from you, so don't hesitate to write me if you've got any comments, questions or even suggestions for the show. And please pass along the suggestion to like-minded friends and family to check out Thinking with Somebody Else's Head as well. The bigger community we create together, the more Norberto Keppe's profound but insufficiently recognized work will get out to more people. And this can only be a good thing.

Well, we can look back at images from recent history - a short 50 years ago - and be staggered at the pictures of black people sitting at the back of the bus. Duke Ellington got so disgusted with not being able to stay at the hotel where he was playing, or even go in the front door, that he bought a Pullman railcar for his band to travel around in. "Now," he said, "We travel just like the President."

Billie Holiday's harrowing song about lynching, Strange Fruit, which her generation witnessed in no small abundance, makes us shake our heads in shock and dry our eyes in sorrow to this day. Because slavery, lynchings, apartheid, ethnic cleansing - these are so obviously wrong - and have always been - to any person with even the most tenuous link to the true human essence. Surely there can be no debate about that anymore - except by someone so separated from human spirituality and love as to be certifiably insane.

And yet, it continues. And not just in subtle forms, like being refused a job, as the horrible images and reports rising out of Rwanda and Bosnia attest. How can this be possible? Well, I'm reminded of St. Augustine, who confessed after deep soul searching that there was no difference in intention between the worst criminal and himself. He only managed to control it, where the other did not.

What is it inside us in regards to racism that we don't understand well enough yet? This is the essence of Norberto Keppe's work, and the subject of our program today. My guest is American musician and researcher, Gilbert Gambucci.

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Friday, November 02, 2007

A Critique of America

Their constitution stands as a model of what a nation should strive to be. Their economy dominates the economic agenda around the world. Their cultural output is vastly influential - whether you're watching Baywatch re-runs from a hut in Burkina Faso, or subscribing to a new season at the Met.

America. What's gone so wrong?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, a critique of America. And maybe I can cut off the groans or even outright indignation of those who repel from more "America Bashing" by stating our intent right off the bat: to help. Like my guest today, I, too, have a great admiration for the principles of America laid down by their Founding Fathers, who were influenced directly by the ideals of French Illuminish. But it's important to say that these ideals are actually not American. They're universal. That's what made Martin Luther King so powerful as an orator - he was speaking a universal truth - one that's always been true, is true today, and always will be true.

But I think what makes America special is that they came closest to realizing it. I'm not blind to the incompleteness of their putting into practice their own Constitution - particularly in their treatment of African Americans - but that was still some potent society they created, back aways. Well today, it's nothing like what it was. Those transcendent words in that glorious document are now dusted off and used cynically by aggressive, arrogant, paranoid politicians to inspire Americans to all sorts of nefarious ends.

Not quite what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

But our purpose today is to try to analyze what's gone wrong in America through our psychological eyes. To try to help Americans understand where things have gone off the rails - for gone off the rails they certainly have.

Gilbert Gambucci is a proud American in the sense of loving the foundational beliefs of the country. He's also lived outside the U.S. for 22 years, giving him an objective perspective on his own country.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Where is All the Free Energy

It's like something directly out of one of those B movies from the '50s. Radiant energy transmitters. Implosion/vortex machines. Cold fusion energy.

But a lot of this is already a reality. Yes, there's a lot going on in the search for alternative energy. And a whole lot more going on as to why we don't have it.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Where in the World is all the Free Energy?

Our topic today is a broad one. It encompasses the inversion in science that causes us to look at matter as the source of energy an dso miss out on some more advanced technologies that were started, ironically, over 100 years ago. We'll also touch into the psychological sickness behind how that intriguing technology gets completely suffocated and blatantly denied us. (And a little hint here - the reasons go much deeper than just the maniacal hunt for profit that we normally point to as the culprit in this clear crime against humanity.)

This is a feature of psychoanalyst and social scientist, Norberto Keppe's, work actually. He has been able to develop a psychological science that provides a clear map of what's going on in the human psyche - for the first time in history - and which can also be applied to the structures and processes of society. After all, society is developed out of the belief structures and world views of the human beings that compose it, and so suffers from the same distortions and inversions that we do. (I think this applicability of psychological understanding to all of humankind's structures is unprecedented in history, and therefore of great value to we who are struggling to understand the world.

My guest today is engineer, Cesar Soos, a frequent contributor to this Podcast.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Altered States of Consciousness - The Truth Behind Illegal Drugs

They've been used for centuries as doorways to mystical experiences and new levels of consciousness. They've been injested to help escape the seemingly insupportable problems of everyday life. They've been tacitly encouraged by governments to assuage the misery of underpaid factory workers. Can there be any new dimensions to consider regarding drugs?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Altered States of Consciousness: the Truth Behind Illegal Drugs.

First, thanks for all your emails and requests for Norberto Keppe's book on the pathology of power, something we'll be considering again a bit in today's program, since the world of drugs walks hand in hand with those who stroll the corridors of power. So I'll continue giving away Keppe's book this week because it directly analyzes through a keen psychological lens the sickness that exists in the human psyche ... and which is exacerbated in those who lust for power. Great reading. Just email me for your free copy of this landmark book,

Back in the mid 1980s, Claudia Pacheco was researching deeply into the connection between drug trafficking and power. She wasn't the only one writing about this, of course, but she was the first and only one to apply Keppe's psychological analysis to the area, and this lent her research an intellectual heft missing from other writers on the subject.

And because of this, her research had a bomb-like effect on the powerful. Actually, all of Keppe's work did. He and Claudia were finally arrested at the peak of their activities in the U.S. for trumped up customs charges (a fact Claudia mentions in this Podcast) right after the extraordinary campaign they'd been mounting for some years to try to make American conscious of the decadence their country was entering because of the very maliciously intentioned policy of Reagonomics. Reagan's policy was, incidentally, a disaster for the U.S. and the rest of the world who followed blindly along. And Keppe and Pacheco's research into the pathology of power led them directly to confront worldwide governmental involvement in many illegal activities - something Pacheco was writing about at the time. Interestingly, shortly after this period, Iran Contra broke out.

This is pretty incendiary stuff. And today, Claudia Pacheco joins us to look at this situation more closely and bring us up to date.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

The Tyranny of Cool

Ask them about what's important to them and they'll parry your enthusiasm with a nonchalant shrug and a mumbled, "I don't know." You can predict it ... somewhere between kid-dom and adolescence, your child stops asking inquisitive questions and starts acting like everything you care about and they used to care about is now completely useless.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, The Tyranny of Cool. How can we understand - and help - our teenagers?

Listen, I know I'm dangerously close to sounding like every other person from the older generation here, lamenting the lost younger generation. But at the risk of sounding like every parent you've ever heard, I'm going to go out on a limb and propose that really, today, something is different with our teenagers. I'm open to the consideration that maybe it's just a matter of degree, but I think something is dreadfully wrong in the soul of our young people.

Of course, we can't separate that from the corruption in values we've witnessed in society, and that process has been aided and abetted by, among others, my generation, so I don't mean to separate myself from the problem and suggest, "Hey, we were wonderful, what the hell happened to you guys?" I have rather sobering memories of Mrs. Kent coming up to me in the halls after English Lit. class when I was surrounded by my basketball-loving friends and asking me embarrassingly, "Richard, wasn't Milton´s Paradise Lost wonderful today?" My response was not particularly full of gratitude and enthusiastic agreement.

So, it's always been somewhat this way. But I still maintain that the adolescents are in worse shape today.

Let's analyze this a little. Selma Genzani is one of the lead analysts at Norberto Keppe´s Integral Psychoanalysis clinic here in Brazil. She has vast experience with adults, children and, of course, teenagers.

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Love and Relationships

We spend our entire lives in them, looking for them, or trying to extricate ourselves from them. Maybe we've read lots about them. Certainly we've discussed them, agonized over them, rued the day we ever got involved in them and celebrated them when they're going well.

But how much do we really know about the inner workings of ... our relationships.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Dr. Claudia Pacheco and I will turn a magnifying glass on love and relationships. A popular subject on our Podcast.

First, don't forget our free book giveaway. Norberto Keppe, whose scientific philosophy underlies everything we do on this Podcast, has written a number of books that, if understood, would dramatically alter how we see ourselves and the world we live in. Keppe wrote a book about the pathology of power back in the 1980s that is still today the best, most precise and definitive critique of our so-called democracy and inverted economic system you'll ever read. It's one of the wisest and most pointed books about the sickness in our political and economic leaders and how this sickness is leading us to disaster. A must read. And it's free just by e-mailing me at

A number of months ago, I produced a couple of Podcasts with Dr. Claudia Pacheco on love and relationships. A listener recently listened to those, and wrote me a nice e-mail asking me if Claudia could answer some specific questions for her about the subject. Claudia agreed, and so ... here we are.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Returning to Paradise

Its tantalizing memory of a lost golden age of uninterrupted peace and happiness infuses the oral and written traditions of all peoples on Earth. Poets, mystics and monks have labored to keep the spark alive inside the human soul. When we think with these heads, the idea that we're evolving becomes patently ridiculous.

In fact, we were born into, but rejected, paradise. Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we'll look at an intriguing concept that's been much considered in human historical thought, but completely ridiculed and discounted in our strictly materialistic modern view: the idea that we've fallen from a paradisal state. In this view, we're not evolving from the cosmic mud but spinning away from beauty and perfection.

You know, most of us have no idea about how the thoughts of historical figures affect our way of seeing the world today. Most of us are under the impression that our thought has evolved rather naturally and that our philosophies of life and perceptions of the world are more or less arrived at through experience and natural development.

This is very naive. Thought has always been influenced. For example, back in the 4th and 5th centuries, St. Augustine was enormously influential. He followed Plato's philosophy of the world of universal ideas and infused knowledge. Human beings were born with something for Augustine - not empty vessels who are filled by experience and interaction with society.

In the 13th century, Thomas Aquinas began to lead the thinking away from Plato's universalism by reintroducing Aristotle's orientation: we are products of our experience, of our senses. The impact of this change in thinking was immense. Science began to orient itself more to materialistic evidence than to theological, universal concepts. We experienced a continuing erosion of the influence of theological and even philosophical wisdom in our worldview. To the point where we can say quite unequivocally that we have no philosophers anymore. Now we favor only what we can see or measure. In this modern world, all is relative. The universal questions - good and evil, from where do we come, what is the purpose of life - are seldom considered. Today, you go to university to get trained for a job - not to think about how to develop the human spirit.

Well, all of this is the reason I named this Podcast, Thinking with Somebody Else's Head. Because I wanted to explore the way we saw the world and how this always came from other people's heads. And if those heads made fundamental mistakes, then structuring a world view based on their ideas would be fraught with inconsistencies at best, and downright lunacy at worst.

Norberto Keppe's work gives us a road map to follow based on solid principles of goodness, truth and beauty. Universal reality.

Today, Dr. Claudia Pacheco joins me to look at an idea that's existed as long as human beings have existed: that we are golden creatures that once inhabited a golden age, but fell from it.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

The Universe of the Spirits

I remember my college roommate couldn't sleep for a week after watching The Exorcist. We all have friends who messed around with ouija boards, don't we? My neighbour used to receive visits from recently departed loved ones in her dreams.

There is a wealth of theological knowledge on the presence and influence of spirits in our day-to-day lives. But sadly, it's been eliminated. Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we'll begin to open the doors again to the universe of the spirits. This preceless knowledge has been totally excluded from our modern, so-called rational world.

Norberto Keppe, in exploring the deep psychopathology of human beings, saw very early on in his work that human difficulties were much more spiritual than organic, much more related to the questions of who we are, where we came from, and where we were going than they were to the out-of-whack chemicals in our brains.

But Keppe went a step further even by seeing that the finality of our envy and inversion would be our enormous rejection of reality and God. So he has always kept an ear tuned to the importance of theology in considering the human psyche. His recent book, The Universe of the Spirits, is currently being translated into English, and is a must read for a world totally cut off from this spiritual wisdom and desperately in need of connecting to it again.

I've invited my good friend, Cesar Soos, in again to consider this topic with me. Cesar has been researching the metaphysical and spiritual world for many years now, and has a fantastic perspective on Keppe's wonderful book.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Correcting Psychology

It was Freud who first opened to us the rich and complex world of the human psyche. There've been many additions since - some of it useful, like Jung's association of ideas, some of it next to useless, like Skinner's insistence that we can be programmed like pigeons.

Now through the work of Norberto Keppe, there's a lot of light illuminating the murky corners of the human mind.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we're going to correct psychology.

Recently, I had a Podcast listener asking me about doing Trilogical analysis by phone. He said he'd been looking around in his home town for something to help him analyze some long-standing issues in his life, but "just never found one that was so in tune with what you're saying in your Podcast."

That's not an uncommon response to Keppe's work.

When I first came to Brazil, I was struck by the depth and optimism of Analytical Trilogy. Different from most psychological schools of thought that try to have you understand your problems by looking at the impact of significant events in your past, or exploring the elaborate coping strategies that you erect to get what is missing in your life, Analytical Trilogy cuts to the core problem: how we reject or deny or even destroy our essential nature, throwing the blame on these other things.

There is a strong philosophical base to Trilogy that allows a Trilogical analyst - and there are a number of them down here in Brazil - to reach the core of the problem.

The first thing to say about all this is that all sickness, all neurosis, all anxiety, is evidence of something we are doing against life. It could be an attitude, a lifestyle, a way of seeing the world. But something is out of whack in our approach to life. This is more profound than it may appear at first glance, because it supposes that reality is healthy, good, beautiful ... by itself. And it is this dialectic between reality and our rejection or denial of it that is at the basis of Keppean analysis.

I've asked Alex Frascari to join me again to explore this fascinating topic. And I'll start with a quote from Keppe's book, From Freud to Frankl: Integral Psychoanalysis:

"Up to now, all processes of psychotherapy have not been psychological. Psychoanalysis itself, whether orthodox or not, is more than anything else a biological, organic treatment, not to mention other techniques such as Rogerian and Transactional Analysis, psychodrama and behaviorism, which are sociotherapeutic."

Let's see how Keppe addresses this.

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Friday, August 31, 2007

The Strength of the Weaker Sex

Millions were killed senselessly in the Middle Ages.

They couldn't vote for decades.

Their bodies sell everything from perfume to piston rings.

They're our mothers and sisters, bosses and colleagues. And maybe soon, presidents.

They've caused wars, and yet are the biggest champions of peace.

And talking about their pathology can get you in some trouble!

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we'll explore the strengths of the weaker sex. Of course, calling them that reveals our inversion in considering only the external, considering strength only in the size and amount of muscles.

More in a minute. Just wanted to remind you of our International Congress of Analytical Trilogy coming up next March, 2008, here in Brazil. A perfect opportunity for you to learn more about the work of Norberto Keppe and how Analytical Trilogy can be applied to all areas of human endeavor. Through our Trilogical lens, we'll be investigating the areas of health and psychosomatics, education, media, psychotherapy, economics, arts, science and metaphysics, ufology, ecology, philosophy, sociopathology, spirituality. It will be a state of the union, so to speak, on where we are in humanity at understanding how the human being works. This goes deep to the root of all our problems, so any of you involved in social activism of any kind, you'll want to join us to get a handle on the key reasons why we've come so unstuck in so many areas all at the same time. And that's because we're seeing the impact now of the centuries of inverted human values. Make a note and start planning for the Easter week, Mar. 20 - 23, 2008. Write me if you're interested,

Our topic today is a hot one. But beautiful in how we can analyze it through Analytical Trilogy. Trilogy, by the way, stands for the union of philosophy, theology and science, or thought, feeling and action in the human being. And it's necessary to consider all three if we're to have a complete view of anything. Modern science has cut away the two pillars of philosophy and theology, and so wobbles incompletely on its own trying to make sense of the world and its phenomena, and failing. Without the upward view into the abstraction and consideration of being and spirituality, science condemns itself to a strictly material view, and its incomplete and inadequate conclusions suffer as a result.

Back in the 1990s, Dr. Claudia Pacheco wrote a courageous book called Women on the Couch: An Analysis of Women's Psychopathology. Some women were not happy. But I found it illuminating in highlighting the problems in relationships and lives of both men and women. And Dr. Pacheco has been developing her views since. Let's find out the latest, today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

The role of free will in health

It's what makes us human, many say. Distinct from other forms of life. I think therefore I am. I want, therefore I have reason to want. It drives how we see ourselves and our relationship to reality in the most profound way. So deep, we don't even think about it.

Of course we're free to do whatever we want!

Well, not exactly.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we'll look at the human will, this essential aspect of what we think it means to be human.

Those who've been listening regularly to Thinking with Somebody Else's Head will know that I base my Podcasts on the work of psychoanalyst and social scientist, Norberto Keppe. I've been living and studying with Keppe and Dr. Claudia Pacheco and many others here at Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy in São Paulo, Brazil for just over 6 years now.

I first came because of my excitement about Keppe's application of his psychoanalytical discoveries to an analysis of society, and particularly the pathology of power - much of which is contained in Keppe's seminal book on the subject, Liberation of the People. I'm giving away copies of that book, just write me at

I came because of this, but I stayed because of the significance of Keppe's work in understanding the human psyche and its motivations - particularly Inversion. Since so much of our lives unfolds out of our desires that we've hidden from our view - that we've "inconscientized" in Keppe's language - I wanted to understand those motivations and drives better.

Where that other giant of human psychopathology, Freud, saw the human neurosis as the battle between our indecent desires - mostly sexual - and the mores of society, Keppe sees the anguish as a fight between our essential nature and our inverted desires. This shines the spotlight squarely on the human will, wich is not unblemished and pure. In fact, it's not the benign, infallible human capacity we've thought it to be.

Let's understand this better. Joining me today is engineer, Alexander Frascari, who has just returned from delivering a fascinating lecture on Keppe's New Physics to a very interested group of bio-physicists in Germany.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Humanity and God

Some see our most important issues as social ones. Hunger. Injustice. The gap between rich and poor.

Others see the lack of ethics in leadership as most pressing. While for many, our environmental crises supercede everything else.

Here in Brazil, we acknowledge it all as evidence of our inversion. And then ... we go a little deeper.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we'll look at our relationship with the deepest part of ourselves and our connection with eternity, even God.

First of all, thanks for all your wonderful e-mails over the past few weeks. Great to hear from you as always.

We're doing a lot of things here that could be of interest to you. Our online course, Trilogy Online, is almost up and running. Keep listening for updates, or drop me a line and I'll let you know personally when it's officially online.

We're going to be holding a great event next year - 2008 - on the True American Dream. What were those Founding Fathers dreaming about anyway? And was it just a dream? I don't think so. Norberto Keppe, the inspiration for all we do on this Podcast, has fond feelings for the true American values to this day.

We're going to marry the American dream to the dreams of South America, too - kind of a Pan-American dream maybe - and talk about how all of these greatest dreams of humanity are possible. And there are substantial means to get there present in Keppe's work. Particularly in understanding the root causes of our massive difficulties - our topic today in a way - and providing some specific tools to get there, like new business and residence structures.

That'll all be occurring next July 4, 5, and 6, 2008. Make a note.

You know, Keppe's work is different from others in this fundamental way: where many psychological, scientific, even philosophical orientations tell us that we're in a process of evolving from lesser to greater - from the primal ooze in biology, through many lifetimes in Eastern thought, from the need to develop our self-esteem in Western pop-psychology - Keppe proposes that we already live in perfection, in eternity, in paradise. But we reject it. This is a profound shift in how we understand reality, and I've asked Claudia Pacheco, vice-president of Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy, to help me penetrate this idea. Join me for her illuminating and provocative thoughts.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

The Real Secret

It's labeled as the secret to everything. No matter your difficulties, the Secret offers solutions. Don't have the house of your dreams? Despair no more. Your dream home is only a decision away.

It's sweeping the world in an Internet generation version of Tulip Mania, but it's far from the answer it promises. Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we'll dissect the Secret. And that is very necessary. The book is all over Brazil, not to mention countless other parts of the world, and is being talked about in numerous blogs and TV and radio shows.

Let me get into that in a moment, but first I wanted to bring you up to date on a few things.

First, I've extended my book giveaway on the program. I've been giving away copies of Norberto Keppe's seminal book on the pathology of power for a few months now, and every week I receive a few new orders from numerous parts of the world. You can add your name to the strengthening energetic pulse of people becoming acquainted with Keppe's original and outstanding work just by sending me an e-mail at

Secondly, a big thanks to Thinking with Somebody Else's Head listeners Lynne MacDonnell and Jason Coombs for their help in my recent trip to Canada with my wife, Mônica. They organized a small lecture in Toronto for me and it was a great pleasure to meet with folks and let them know more about the International Society of Analytical Trilogy and our work here in Brazil.

I'll be working on some presentation ideas over the next few months, and I'd love to hear from your if you're interested in more opportunities to learn about Keppe's work. Just drop me a line at

I'd also like you to make a note of July 4, 5 and 6, 2008. We'll be conducting a marvelous Congress at our Grande Hotel Trilogia here in Brazil about the true American dream. We'll be looking at our lost values and how to get them back, and how Analytical Trilogy can offer us some real solutions to getting our society back on track. Let me know if you're interested.

OK, the Secret. The idea is not new. Back in 1910, Wallace D. Wattles penned The Science of Getting Rich, and countless writers from Napoleon Hill to Norman Vincent Peale, to powerful industiralists like Henry Ford have espoused strikingly similar philosophies.

It's rooted in American individualism and the drive for personal wealth. But as we'll see today, this is leading us seriously down the wrong path.

When my friend, Susan Berkley, was here recently, I had her sit down with our resident science researcher, Cesar Soos, and asked them to take the Secret apart a little. Here's what they came up with.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

More on Fear and Anxiety

A woman is terrified of going to the supermarket.

A man loses sleep over being evaluated at his job.

A jazz singer is terrorized by her pending success.

It can be crippling and terrifying. And it´s the third largest mental health care problem in the world.

What is going on behind our fears and anxieties?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else´s Head, we´ll take another look at this important social health concern.

First, an announcement, especially for my Canadian listeners to this Podcast. I´ll be in Canada over the next couple of weeks visiting family and friends. If you´re in the Victoria/Vancouver area drop me an e-mail. I´d love to get together with any who are interested in talking about Norberto Keppe´s work.

If you´re in the Greater Toronto area, I´ll be giving a lecture for any who want to know more about Keppe´s important discoveries and how they can help you in all aspects of your life. Loyal listeners to Thinking with Somebody Else´s Head, Lynne MacDonnell and Jason Coombs have very generously offered their meeting room space. My presentation there will be on Tuesday night, July 31, at 7:00 pm. Lynne is psychotherapist and hypnotherapist in Toronto, and her address is 2489 Bloor St. W., suite 306. Write me if you need more information.

A few weeks ago, I interviewed psychoanalyst, Leo Lima, about fears, panic and phobias. I had a number of responses to that program that prompted me to address the subject again. Lori wrote me from New York City about her claustrophobia and wondered how to get copies of Claudia Pacheco´s book, Healing Through Consciousness, which we mentioned in that program. This is a seminal book about psycho-somatic illness, I can get copies of it for you if you let me know you´re interested.

I´ve invited Markku Lyyra to join me today. Markku´s a Finnish psychoanalyst at Keppe´s International Society of Analytical Trilogy, and he has wide-ranging clinical experience treating clients from Europe and Latin America. He has many practical clinical examples this time to help us get to the bottom of these debilitating problems. Markku gives many lectures on this issue. Let´s explore this important issue more deeply today.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Fattening, and Thinning, of America

Up to 10 million teens develop disorders in this area. And worries about it can start much younger than that.

Adults are worried about it, too. And companies make big profits on our neuroses.

We've become a culture obsessed with it to a degree unprecedented in history. But solutions to it remain elusive.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we'll look at why, with all our focus on weight in today's culture, many of us are getting fatter and fatter while millions of others are wasting away to nothing.

What in the world is going on with our weight?

There are so many factors at play here, aren't there? A skinny-as-a-rail 13-year-old looks in the mirror and sees a whale. The advertising agencies air-brush models to within an inch of their lives and dramatically alter how we see beauty. Plastic surgeons give whoever has the moeny to pay whatever body they want. Doctors and drug companies push their solutions in packages of pills that make them richer and the rest of us sicker.

Research shows that 42% of first to third grade girls want to be thinner. And 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat. Our neurosis is being manipulated to make money. And not just that - our food industry has been seriously corrupted by a totally skewed profit motive that makes us realize that our corporations and political systems are exhibiting strong psychopathic tendencies.

The work of Norberto Keppe can help us to understand what's going on here, and shows us how to develop new business and residence structures designed to take the power out of the hands of the banks and corporations, and put the resources, money and power into our hands. These ground-breaking structures and ideas are outlined in Keppe's revolutionary book, Liberation of the People: The Pathology of Power. This book highlights his great idealism, but also his astute social critique, and his solutions. It's great stuff. Write me at if you'd like a copy of this book.

We'll look at our topic today - the Fattening and Thinning of America - in a very expansive way. My dear friend, Susan Berkley from New York City, joins me to talk with Claudia Pacheco, psychoanalyst and vice-president of Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy.

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Friday, July 06, 2007

The Loss of American Ideals

It's been the dominant force in the world for the past 70 years or so. It's impact has been enormous in every area - from economics to culture. But it's not the country it once was. And now, it's even become dangerous to itself ... and to the rest of us.

Where have things gone so wrong in the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, for the 4th of July, 2007, let's take a look at the lost values of the United States.

American musician, Gilbert Gambucci joins me today to talk about the lost values of America, based on Norberto Keppe's discoveries on the pathology of power.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

STOP the Destruction of the World

In 1992, at an old chateau a few kilometres outside Paris, a small group gathered to form yet another organization trying to stop our destruction of the world.

There was only one difference: this group wanted to highlight the root cause of the problems.

That Association is still going strong, and its core purpose has never been more necessary.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, I'd like to introduce you to the STOP the Destruction of the World Association - a non-profit agency closely linked to Norberto Keppe's science of Analytical Trilogy.

I haven't mentioned it for a couple of weeks, but I still have copies of Norberto Keppe's seminal book on the pathology of power - Liberation of the People - available for free. I've given away quite a few of these provocative books already, and it's wonderful to see Keppe's very important work getting out to more people.

Keppe publishes these books himself since no publisher will touch him with a barge-pole - more shame to them - which gives you an idea how important his work must be. When he lived in New York City in the '80s, a friend of mine who worked for one of the big networks at the time said a memo circulated around the radio and TV stations saying that no one was to give any air time to Keppe's books or activities - which were substantial - and that no effort should be expended in covering anything to do with his work.

You see, Keppe challenges the power structures at their roots. He doesn't just offer social critique, but unmasks the pathology behind all human actions - especially the pathology driving those in power. Just write me for your copy of this landmark book,

Claudia Pacheco has worked closely with Keppe for over 25 years. She is the vice-president of his International Society of Analytical Trilogy, a much in demand psychoanalyst, and the president of the STOP the Destruction of the World Association. I sat down with her recently to talk about the problems in society and how her association could possibly help a world seemingly hell-bent on destruction.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Seeing Yourself Through Other's Eyes

It was Jung who stated that everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Herman Hesse suggested that in disliking another, we dislike something in him that we have, too.

This is an aspect of human psychological life that's still kind of murky. We're going to clarify it significantly today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head.

We're going to continue the discussion we began in our last Podcast about the interior life of the human being. What's going on inside us when we react to external stimula?

I get very excited about this subject because I see how extremely helpful it is to people in giving them the understanding they need to comprehend and deal with their jobs, relationships - even their health.

Before Claudia Pacheco and I continue our conversation about Norberto Keppe's psycho-therapeutic process called Interiorization, let me let you know that I'm working to make Pacheco's book, Revealing the Power of Consciousness: The Handbook to Analytical Trilogy, available as a downloadable pdf book. This is a really great primer about Keppe's science of Analytical Trilogy or Integral Psychoanalysis that will help you to understand his profound work a little more clearly. Let me know if you'd be interested in having this book downloadable.

Now, Interiorization. The word doesn't even exist in English. But it does denote a remarkable psychological understanding. Briefly stated, this is the process of returning to, and comprehending, our vast inner universe. And by the way, if you like what you hear in Claudia Pacheco's analysis of a number of common problems facing all of us today, psychoanalysis at Norberto Keppe's clinic is available by telephone. Integral Psychoanalysis works extremely well in this way. In fact, there are many European and North American clients who take advantage of this every week.

Let's find out more about Interiorization.

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Friday, June 15, 2007

The Power and Problems Within

Normally, when we look at social or individual problems, we see the source of them outside. Too much stress, too much work, it's my genes or my upbringing.

We're not so inclined to take a good look inside us for answers.

This is a big mistake, which I'd like to take some steps towards correcting today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head.

Today, we'll go more deeply into one of the key distinguishing characteristics of Norberto Keppe's Integral Psychoanalysis ... interiorization. This is the process of seeing the relationship between our reactions to outside stimula and the correspoinding aspect inside us that's being triggered. This is remarkable stuff. And, if accepted, this process can calm us immensely and help us solve longstanding physical, emotional or even societal issues.

Before we get into it, let me personally invite you to mark down these dates on your calendar. March 16 - 23, 2008. The dates are for our 19th International Congress on Analytical Trilogy here in Brazil. A chance for you to participate and learn more about Keppe's discoveries in psychology, psycho-somatic health, education, scientific methodology and perspectives, arts, media, economics. And actual steps you can take to change all of these areas for the better.

Specifically, we'll look at how human Inversion, Envy and Theomania are leading us to create an increasingly sick and destructive society. I'll hopefully have a website up about it in the next week or so, but for now, plan to attend if you have any interest at all in exploring more Keppe's work and it's implications. In the meantime, write me if you'd like more information.

Today, Dr. Claudia Pacheco joins me again to begin our exploration of this expansive topic. In his book, From Sigmund Freud to Viktor Frankl: Integral Psychoanalysis, Keppe's thesis outlining his psychoanalytical view, he says, "Up to the present moment, all processes of psychotherapy have not been psychological. Psychoanalysis itself, whether orthodox or not, is rather than anything else, a biological, organic treatment." This I think is a good place to start our discussions.

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Friday, June 08, 2007

Some Thoughts on Intelligence

Is it a product of your genes? Or your environment? Is it chemical, or something taught? Is yours just a point on a perfect bell curve determined by standardized testing? Or is there much more - and new - yet to be said about it?

I vote for the latter. Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, let's take a Trilogical look at intelligence.

And I say Trilogical because of our focus in this Podcast on Norberto Keppe's Analytical Trilogy, which forms the basis of everything we do on this program. Keppe's discoveries in psychopathology have given us a precise roadmap of the human psyche for the first time in our history. And this is no small feat. With Keppe's outlining of Inversion, Theomania and Envy, we can understand the things we couldn't before.

For example, we can see human envy in action in our collective refusal to provcide basic health care or food for our fellow citizens. Understanding the process of projection is very useful, because through this we can see that we fear the terrorists outside while we conduct economic and even military terrorism on a grand scale ourselves. We see the human desire to be like gods, what Keppe calls Theomania, in our very ill-advised explorations into genetic modification, which have unknown ramifications. And then we could mention the inversion and maliciousness involved in pushing alienating and debilitating drugs on children and adults in record amounts. We're killing and harming people all the time with this strictly materialistic approach to everything when the psychological roots of our problems are well understood now.

That understanding comes from Keppe's work, and this is something that's not well understood yet because it's been kept from us. This Podcast is one attempt to address that. We're giving away copies of some of Keppe's books, and I've started a Video Podcast now featuring clips from his shows. It's called STOP the Destruction of the World, and it's also available in iTunes.

And we're going to be holding an International Congress from March 16 - 23, 2008 here in Brazil to explore the impolications of Keppe's work in all areas of human endeavor. As always, you can write me at for any more information about any of those things.

Today on our program, I'll talk again with Swedish journalist, Helena Mellander, about Keppe's view of intelligence and the universals.

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Fear, Panic and Phobias

It hits you out of nowhere. For no apparent reason. Its effects are paralyzing. Fear. Of elevators. Of leaving the home. Of fear itself. In the middle of it, you feel like you'll never climb out. In those moments, it's exactly as Goethe so eloquently put it ... "even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt us."

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we'll penetrate the mysterious world of fear, panic and phobias. If you're a sufferer, or know someone who is, you'll find some real clarity today. These conditions are not as murky or impenetrable as you might think.

By the way, my book offer is still open. Free copies of Norberto Keppe's Liberation of the People: The Pathology of Power are available. You might think this has no connection to today's topic, but Keppe's books are therapeutic in the deepest sense of that word. His studies into psychopathology are unmatched in the history of psychological, philosophical and even theological thought, and I know any introduction to his work will open your eyes to a deeper understanding of all aspects of the human condition. Just write me at if you'd like a copy.

Like most of us, I've had friends who've suffered from the debilitating effects of fear and panic. From the outside, it can seem so ridiculous. How can you be afraid of that, we say in disbelief. But to the sufferer it's all too real. I had a friend years ago who couldn't walk out on the roof of the old office building we worked in together because he had a fear he'd jump off. When I came to Brazil 6 years ago, and I began to study Keppe's work, I began to understand many neurotic conditions like this one. I began to see that all of our outside difficulties have personal, psychological connections inside us. Our reaction to outside events is more a question of the outside thing mirroring something to us about what's going on inside us. That's what we'll look at today.

Oh and by the way, I think my friend's fear of jumping was consciousness to him of how self-destructive he was in his life, but didn't want to see. On the roof, he had consciousness of this, but thought this feeling was unique to being on the roof.

Let's, if you'll pardon the pun, dive in and see if we can de-mystify this area.

Leo Lima is a psychoanalyst at Norberto Keppe's Integral Psychoanalysis clinic here in São Paulo. He attends clients in person and by phone from North America and Europe. Let's find out what he has to say from his extensive clinical experience.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Mind and the Immune System

It's a dangerous world out there. Viruses are poised to attck us if we're unlucky enough to choose the wrong sexual partner. There are dangerous hormones in the meat. Chemically ripened bananas. And don't even mention the perils lurking in a microwaved potato!

What's to ge done? Well, as always, it appears our solution lies between our ears. Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we'll look at our minds and our immune systems.

First, an exciting announcement. We're going to be convening an international congress on Norberto Keppe's science - Analytical Trilogy - in March of 2008. Start planning now if you're interested in attending. We'll be analyzing all areas of human activity - from medicine to art to science to sociopathology to economics and more - through Keppe's discoveries. It will be fascinating and revolutionary. And very positive in terms of giving you some real perspectives on the root causes of what's going so wrong in our society and how we can fix it. Write me if you'd like any more information on this:

Cesar Sóos is working very closesly with Dr. Claudia Pacheco and Dr. Roberto Giraldo in our very exciting Integral Psychosomatic clinic here in São Paulo. You've heard from him many times on this Podcast. Dr. Keppe said recently on his TV program that illness appears because the person's immune system loses force because of something internal, and when this happens, anything causes imbalance. That's the starting place for our very provocative discussion today.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Stress and Inversion

Everywhere we look, the world's getting more difficult. There's traffic and pollution. Cell phones ringing day and night. We've got global warming, and terror alerts. Disappearing bees and school shootings. The drug companies push medication on us relentlessly through a medical system that's been corrupted by money and brainwashing. How do we cope with all this stress?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, I'd like to look at a psychological condition that, if we understand it better, can truly change how we approach everything - from science and politics, to human relationships and even society's laws. This is the process of psychological Inversion that Norberto Keppe discovered in his clinical research over the past fifty years.

Simply put, Inversion is the process whereby we see everything upside down. For instance, we see money as more important than work - so a corporation can lay off 20,000 employees and see its stock price jump in value. We think disease comes from bacteria and viruses, rather than that it primarily comes from a loss in inner force because of our psychological states of mind. We think it's a jungle out there and live our lives accordingly.

This is a large topic becasue our Inversion of values and priorities is everywhere. We've talked about it in many ways already on this Podcast - related to money and power, and even quantum physics and reality, which are quite different when seen through non-inverted eyes.

Today, I want to focus our sights on stress. Have a listen and let me know what you think:

Sofie Bergqvist is a Swedish teacher and international lecturer and seminar leader who's been studying and working at Norberto Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy for over ten years. She joins me today.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

An Analysis of Depression

The Australian government states that all of us will be affected by it at some time in our lives. By 2020, it's estimated it will be the second largest killer after heart disease. Ominously, pre-schoolers are the fastest-growing market for medication to treat it. Cases are rising fast ... and we're pretty much baffled about how to treat it.

Until now.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, in the aftermath of Virginia Tech, let's take another look at depression.

First, I'd like to let you know that I still have copies of Dr. Norberto Keppe's book, Liberation of the People: The Pathology of Power, to give away. If you've been listening regularly to this Podcast, you'll know that it is totally based on this Austrian-Brazilian psychoanalyst's extraordinary work. If you're tuning in for the first time, you're in for a real treat. Keppe has developed a perspective of the human psyche and the society that's been created from it, that can allow us to understand what's gone so wrong in all areas of human function - from education to health to science to politics. It's a phenomenal and essential body of work for us to study and implement. And his book, Liberation of the People, is an excellent start in understanding his expansive vision. E-mail me at if you'd like a copy, and I'll make sure you get one.

Now, depression. Anyone who's suffered its debilitating effects knows how paralyzing it can be. It makes everything more difficult: work, relationships, creativity. At its worst, it can make even getting up in the morning or going to the corner store to buy some milk seemingly impossible tasks. Let's understand it better.

Dr. Claudia Pacheco wrote an extraordinary book in the early 1980s that was a pioneering book exploring the link between our psyches and our health. She's a frequent contributor to Thinking with Somebody Else's Head because she's been working closely at Keppe's side for well over twenty years. Today, we'll get deeply into an analysis of depression.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

True Work

The origin of the word is negative. In Greek, it means pain and suffering. In German, it relates to the heavy labor orphans need to do to survive. The Japanese have three synonyms associated with it - painful, dirty and dangerous.

Almost always, we hear it used like this: "Hey, I'd love to join you for that fun thing, but unfortunately ... I have to work."

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we're going to look deeply at human work. What it is, what it could be, and especially what it is in fact becoming through the practical experience of a number of us here in Brazil who are working with a new type of business organization and structure.

I'm very excited about this program because I feel that this is one aspect of human social life that we need to improve. And fast! And as we'll stress in this Podcast, this new way of structuring work and companies is here.

A number of us here are having tremendous success in developing Trilogical Enterprises based on Dr. Norberto Keppe's ideas and practical experience. He has outlined these ideas in a very influential book called Liberation of the People.

I sat down with Dr. Claudia Pacheco the other day to talk about business and society and the enormously important field of human work. As always, I found myself intrigued, enchanted and even, dare I say it, excited about Keppe's Trilogical perspective on work, as articulated so well by Dr. Pacheco in this Podcast.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Making Sense of Virginia Tech

It's so terrible as to seem surreal. To survivors and the families of victims, it must feel as if they'll never overcome it. It jolts all of us out of our normal lives and rams us face-to-face with a reality we seldom have to face.

Thank God.

We're swamped with opinions from every possible angle. But precious little understanding. Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Making Sense of Virginia Tech.

Benjamin Franklin said that the tragedy of life is that we get old too soon and wise too late. There are thirty-two people from Virginia Tech who will not have the luxury now of becoming either older, or wiser. That opportunity was snatched away on April 16, 2007 by an obviously demented and troubled young man.

In Unforgiven, his bleak but wonderful film about morality and murder, Clint Eastwood says, "It's a terrible thing to kill a man. You take away all he is, and all he's ever going to be." We're reminded of that now.

How do we make sense of this? For make sense we must, because this horror that many in the U.S. are living through is a daily fact of life for millions around our troubled globe. And if we want to contribute to stopping this - and I believe we must contribute in some way to stopping this enormous humanly-caused death and destruction - we must begin to try to face the causes of it.

St. Augustine was courageous, I think, when he said that he had the same tendencies inside him of the worst criminals. I mention that not to suggest that we are the same as the Virginia Tech killer, but that we must begin to see our part in the greater panorama of human destruction on our planet. After all, people are suffering in Afghanistan and Baghdad and Somalia and Rwanda, as well as in Virginia.

Furthermore, Virginia is an anomaly. Those others are ongoing. I believe that it is this consciousness of our human destruction that we have an opportunity to become more conscious of now so that we can take big steps - not only to healing - but to resolving the problems in the human soul that cause us to create such a punishing society.

Today, I'll have a profound conversation with Dr. Claudia Pacheco, vice-president of the International Society of Analytical Trilogy in São Paulo, Brazil, about how we can understand Virginia Tech.

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

A Meditation on the Nature of Reality

Einstein said it was an illusion. Nietzsche stated that there were no facts - only interpretations. Picasso was very far from it when he expounded that everything you can imagine is real.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, a meditation on the nature of reality.

A few weeks ago, I sat down with my friend, Cesar Soos, a frequent contributor to this program, and we began a discussion about a subject I've pondered a lot since encountering Dr. Keppe's work a few years ago.

Keppe's first important discover was what he has called psychological Inversion, a process whereby human beings and humanity as a whole invert values and perceptions, seeing what's good as bad or dangerous or weak, and what's bad as advantageous in some way. As Dr. Pacheco said in our Podcast about the Pathology of Power, isn't it true that we see humbleness as weak, and arrogant and prestigious people as strong? Don't we have a common belief that we achieve development and peace through war? These are examples of an inverted view of life that all of us have to a greater or lesser degree.

When I first began to study this psychological phenomenon, I asked myself this: if we are inverted, which it appears we are, what are we inverted from? It stood to reason, I thought, that we must be inverted from something. That began my fascination with the nature of reality. What can we say definitively about reality? Keeping in mind what T. S. Eliot offered on the subject - "Humankind cannot bear much reality" - Cesar and I sat down to see if we could get reality in our sights and pin it down somewhat.

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Pathology of Power

Almost everything in life works to their benefit. They influence the laws ... and the lawmakers. While the rest of us are working and raising families and coaching Little League teams, they dedicate their lives to gaining direct control over the social institutions. Forget about sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. The real key to the so called kingdom on Earth ... is power.

Today, we're going to jump right into the fire of one of the most important issues in our society: the pathology of power.

When I moved from Vancouver to Toronto in 1995, Mike Harris' Conservative Party and their Common Sense Revolution had just been elected as Premier of the province in a huge majority. I was struck by how he used that majority to ram through often controversial legislation that sometimes was directly against what the citizens said they wanted. Not to bore you with details, but the amalgamation of the six cities of Greater Toronto into one huge megacity was pushed through over the overwhelming disagreement of the citizens of the cities involved, who had all conducted extensive referenda within their cities.

I began to think about the pathology of power, although I didn't have a name for it then. So when I discovered Dr. Keppe's Liberation of the People: The Pathology of Power, I devoured it.

Let's explore more about it with Dr. Claudia Pacheco, vice-president of Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

The Roots of Environmental Destruction

It's finally official. Global warming is unequivocal, and it's "very likely" human beings are the cause.

Al Gore's documentary hammers home the same point. The uncertainty is gone, the evidence is crystal clear for most: we have a serious problem looming directly in front of us.

but in all the statistics and graphs and scientific pronouncements, one thing eludes us ... what on Earth do we do about it?

An update first. We've been sending out copies of Dr. Keppe's "Liberation of the People" all over the place, to Europe and Asia and of course, North America, and I've decided to extend the offer, because I think Keppe's work in this book is vitally important in helping the greatest number of people possible to become conscious of the reasons why our human society is so messed up, so far from what it could be. A listener from Norway wrote recently that after listening to our New Economy Podcast, he couldn't help wondering what the world could look like. So write me at if you're interested in a free copy of Keppe's "Liberation of the People: The Pathology of Power."

I've been watching An Inconvenient Truth recently, Al Gore's Academy Award-winning documentary, and I continue to be impressed with the way the scientific evidence has been presented in this most excellent piece of work. It's extremely well done. And scary.

I wanted to add my voice to the discusssion, because I think one point has not been completely understood. Namely, the cause of human destruction.

Today, we'll try to do that.

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Friday, March 09, 2007

The New Economics

Looking up economics in Wikipedia can bring you hours of reading pleasure. Explore micro and macro economics. Delve into the division between the mainstream theories, and Marxist thinking. It's a vast and, frankly, overwhelming area of study.

And in the end, it appears there are almost as many economic theories as there are economists. Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we'll explore the new economics arising out of Dr. Norberto Keppe's beautiful work in Analytical Trilogy, his comprehensive work that unites philosophy, theology and science to give us a new perspective on the human being and his society.

Someone, I'm not sure who, once said that if you lined up all the economists in the world, they'd all point in different directions. Maybe this was more prophetic than he or she intended. Truman pined for a one-armed economist that, as a result, could never say ... "on the other hand ..."

Economics drives our world in obvious ways through its influence on every aspect of human society. From sweating the family budget to the sophisticated polling and research of lobbyists and think tank academics, there's no area of daily life that's not impacted by it.

But arguably, there is no area where we have been influenced more by the thinking of other people's head than in this one. And some of the theories that have been thrust upon us from these heads have caused us a lot of personal and collective grief.

It's time for a new perspective on economics. And that's happening at the International Society of Analytical Trilogy in São Paulo, Brazil.

Today we'll talk with the vice president of that dynamic and important organization, psychoanalyst, Dr. Claudia Pacheco.

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

The Healing Power of Music

Some have called it a collaboration between God and the artist. For others, it is a way to escape. It's been used to persuade, to manipulate and to seduce. Its stars' sins make headlines, and their victories make billions.

But its impact is much more than simply economic. Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, let get some perspective on music.

Music and art have an enormous influence on us, obviously. From babies in mother's wombs to teenagers listening to favorite artists on tinny headphones in a desperate attempt to understant what's going on inside and around them, to composers scoring love scenes in award-winning films, music impacts us much more that most of us think about in our day-to-day lives.

Let's turn a psychological eye to music today, with Italian journalist and musician, Fabrizio Biliotti.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Health and the Mind

Imagine two people with the same disease, same treatment, same relative social class. But one gets well, and the other doesn't. A mystery? A coincidence? A situation with multiple explanations? It's a question for which science has no ready answers. Now it appears, we can finally explain it.

We've been exploding some commonly-held assumptions on this show. And that makes for rather provocative stuff. None of us likes our belief systems challenged completely, especially when we feel the challenge impacting one of our bedrock philosophies of life.

But the work of Dr. Norberto Keppe does exactly that. Like Socrates addressing universal values and challenging the thinking of the citizens of ancient Athens, Keppe's work causes us to examine what we know about ourselves. But Keppe also leads us to discover what we don't know about ourselves - and this is a much dimmer journey. Most of us don't know that we are dominated by what we don't know. In this consideratin, strongly held views are best not held to with all you've got. Better to remain open and explore what you don't know yet.

Keppe's work has had a profound effect on many people, including Roberto Giraldo, a Colombian medical doctor and specialist in infectious and tropical diseases. Giraldo is the author of Aids and Stressors, and is currently working at the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. But he's beginning the move to Brazil to study more with Dr. Keppe and develop his understanding of the psychological roots of disease.

In this podcast, we explore some of his thinking about the connection between the mind, body, society ... and disease.

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