Friday, February 16, 2007

A Psychoanalysis of Society

Neurosis, sado-masochistic behavior, schizo-paranoid personalities. We've come to understand those terms applied to personal psychology. But seldom have we heard them applied to nations or even historical periods.

Until now.

Today, we'll dive into a fascinating study - the psychoanalysis of society.

A couple of weeks ago, we started the process of investigating the social structures and our inverted society in our program about Money and Power. And we made copies of Dr. Keppe's book, Liberation of the People, available to people who wanted copies. That offer still stands, so if you'd like to read this incisive analysis of the pathology of power, just e-mail me at

Today's topic will probably whet your appetite for more of Keppe's extraordinary work in this area.

Frankly, to my knowledge, there has been relatively little study of sociopathology as Keppe defines it. Normally, the term is applied to the behavior of sociopathic or psychopathic personalities. Keppe is concerned with social difficulties where the social systems reflect the psychological problems of the human beings who created them, thereby creating a psychologically unbalanced society.

Prominent social critics have been trying to shine the light on abuses of power and injustice for decades, but none have Keppe's psychological and philosophical lineage, or his clinical experience. So you'll find much that stands alone in his work.

To focus our topic today, because it's an expansive one, I've asked Dr. Claudia Pacheco, the vice president of Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy, to join us again.

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