Tuesday, December 23, 2008

True Meaning of Christmas

We put up the decorations. We send out the cards with the heartfelt wishes for peace and goodwill. We sometimes sing the songs.

But the desires for peace on earth and remembrances of the real meaning have long been obscured in the frustration of finding a blasted parking spot. Joyous Christmas time is not much of that anymore.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, let's re-visit the True Meaning of Christmas.

I remember in my youth waiting for the Christmas spirit. That elusive feeling of peace and spirituality that would kick in at some point in the holiday season. It could be a cold evening visit from a group of carollers that did it. Or a visit from a much-loved but little-seen relative. Or maybe Scrooge's transformation in the annual family viewing of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

And now I'm dating myself, aren't I? It even starts to sound like I'm talking about the 19th Century!

But it was something that did take over at some point: the Christmas spirit. For a short time, all would really be calm, all would really be bright.

But around 2:00 pm on Christmas Day, we'd all start to feel the restlessness kick in. No stores to go to. Nothing open. Nothing to do. Actually, maybe that's why they instituted Christmas Day NBA games. Everyone just go too bored.

And I don't think it's any coincidence either that the 26th - Boxing Day in Canada - is the biggest sales day of the year in my country. People are so jumpy they'll start lining up at 5:30 in the cold morning to be the first to slap credit cards on the counter to get the deeply discounted Blu-Ray DVD player or next year's Christmas wrap.

But let's try to return today if we can to remember the true spirit of Christmas. Let's see if we can't overcome our materialism a little to have a new spirit this year - and one that is much needed.

Dr. Norberto Keppe's Analytical Trilogy gives us a beautiful perspective - a theological, philosophical and even scientific insight into what should be our most precious and spiritual time of the year.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Roots of, and Solutions for, our Destruction

Everybody has theories about what's causing our current economic breakdown. Those raised on the French philosophy of Sartre and Voltaire might lay the blame at the feet of society. More existential thinking would point the finger at individual responsibility. But only Norberto Keppe's new science gives us the tools to do a more complete analysis.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we'll look at the roots of our destruction, and what we have to know about ourselves in order to stop, which is the crux of the thing, isn't it? I'm Richard Lloyd Jones.

Well, one of the very clear problems we run into when tackling the issue of what's going on these days is that we always wind up in the same place. There's this theory over here, that one over there, 3 more somewhere in the middle. How in the world does the ordinary citizen make sense of it all? There are so many problems in so many areas.

The Comptroller General of the U.S. shocks us on 60 Minutes by talking about fiscal cancer and all that entails.

Al Gore's excellent documentray warns us that the catastrophic deep freeze produced by special effects wizards in The Day After Tomorrow movie could actually happen.

Fanatics talk about Divine retribution.

You can get an earful in whichever direction you turn. But is there any way to boil all this chaos and crisis down to something chewable? Is there any way to point to an overarching and principal problem? And perhaps more importantly, if there is a defining explanation, can it also offer us a solution or two?

I think "yes" on all those counts. You see, our difficulties begin in our way of seeing and relating to the world. We and the society we live in are products of what's going on in our philosophies of life, in our psyches.

And there's one point from which we must start in considering this: we are not the latest editions of the human species standing on the most recent rung of the evolutionary ladder. We're not like software upgrades - the latest version with considerable improvements over Zinzanthropus Man from several million years ago.

This is a key aspect of Brazilian psychoanalyst, Norberto Keppe's work: that we have all perfection inside us. As nature is complets, so are we. Our problem is that we deny and even destroy what we are. This makes our problem not one of not having arrived, of not knowing any better. No. It's more serious. We know what is right, what we should do individually and collectively to have a better world, to have the paradise we should live in. We know ... but we don't do it. This is something deep inside the human psyche, which is why it took a psychoanalyst to discover it. Dr. Norberto Keppe's work is totally about helping us understand this dynamic.

And it's what we explore all the time in this Podcast. And what we'll be expanding into an Internet radio show coming in January. Make sure you get on the mailing list to be informed about that: rich@richjonesvoice.com

That show will be conducted with psychoanalyst, Dr. Claudia Pacheco, who joins me on today's podcast as well.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Society on the Couch

Normally we see a person with serious problems we recommend professional help. After all, we go to the gym to keep our bodies toned, we go to the driving range. Why wouldn't we do something to address those psychological glitches that pop up in all of us?

But what do we do when our whole society is showing signs of breakdown?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we'll try to put "society on the couch".

But a couple of things first. I always appreciate hearing from you. Your feedback is really helpful in helping me shape the program, so don't hesitate if you've got a point or a question to raise. I'm always available - rich@richjonesvoice.com. If it takes me a day or two to get back to you, hang in. I'm getting to it.

If you've listened to the Podcast for awhile, you'll know Dr. Claudia Pacheco very well. She's a frequent contributor here and frankly is indispensable to this program - and indeed to everything we are doing down here in Brazil at the International Society of Analytical Trilogy. Well, Claudia and I are working on something really interesting ... a live, Internet call-in radio program which we're targeting to launch in January 2009. Make sure you're on the mailing list to learn more - rich@richjonesvoice.com

What this'll be is an online advice show with Claudia, who has 25 years of experience in Norberto Keppe's Analytical Trilogy - to my mind, the most innovative, effective and powerful form of psychoanalysis on the planet. Anyone who's got any experience with Trilogical analysis knows the experience of taking a long-standing issue to a session and getting a completely fresh take on it from the analyst.

"Wow! I never saw it that way before," is a common comment.

Keppe's Analytical Trilogy goes to the root of the problem, which is always something deep inside us, hidden from view. This is true deep psychology, often helping us see clearly for the first time long-standing issues that have been blocking us from achieving what we feel we have the potential to achieve. And who doesn't feel that? And after Norberto Keppe himself, Dr. Claudia Pacheco is the best in the world at helping people at this deep level. So this radio program will be very cool. To have a chance to listen to her weekly will be a great opportunity to address some of the core issues of human beings ... and you'll be able to call in personally with individual questions and issues.

We're calling the program "Healing Through Consciousness", and we're both pretty excited about it. Make sure you get on the mailing list. We'll keep you updated.

You know, we've had a lot of response to the last 3 podcasts looking at the roots of the economic crisis. A few thousand downloads of those programs - giving a pretty loud message that people are looking for some answers, some ways to understand what is going on.

One of the applications of Keppe's work is in the area of social psychology - analyzing the society as we would a person's neurosis. And why not? The corporation's been given the same rights as a human being through some decision of Congress way back along the way. As the Federal Reserve - a mostly private institution - was created by Congress back in the early 1900s, even though they had no constitutional basis to do so. So why wouldn't we hold society's systems up to scrutiny?

In fact, we must. I noticed in the N.Y. Times earlier this week that European and North American political leaders admit they may not be willing to fulfill their commitments to cap harmful carbon emissions or phase out polluting factories because of the slumping economy. A European Commission spokeswoman said, "Investing in reducing emissions is more difficult to do in times of economic downturn."

This is simply hard to believe, isn't it? How in 2008 can we make decisions based on profits over the environment? Hard to believe unless you understand about Inversion, Keppe's seminal psychological discovery. Keppe says in his beautiful book, Glorification, "Inversion, sickness, is the act of rejecting life, labeling it as bad; it is the attitude of denying truth, "seeing" it as negative; it is the wish to alter reality, "believing" it to be harmful - all because of the great envy, the enormous envy, we feel toward the Creator. We want to take His place by substituting what is fictitious for what is real, and we are assailed by the most terrible anxiety. If we were thankful for what is good we would be happy, but we constantly destroy all that is sound in ourselves because it was not created by any decision of our own."

Isn't that something to think about? Let's bring Dr. Claudia Pacheco in here today to explore this more.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Economic Crisis III - Psychoanalysis of Society

We’ve got change in the White House. And in the tennis ATP rankings. A change in Madonna’s marital status, too … for what that’s worth. Not that those last 2 mean much. And whether the first is truly meaningful remains to be seen, doesn’t it?

One thing is clear, though … there’s not much change in the economic picture.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, we’ll continue our series looking at the causes of the economic crisis.

Well, after a historic day at the polls, America has woken up to the same scary reality as before. Jobless rates are up, stock prices are generally down … well, you know the story. Some of you much better than me, actually. But what I’ve been trying to do in this series of podcasts over the past few weeks is investigate some of the reasons for the mess. And I don’t mean in terms of explaining how the sub-prime mortgage market suddenly went south. No. But one thing I can help with is getting at the causes of all this. This is no small feat, in reality, and can be done because of the expansive work done on the subject at the Brazilian school of Analytical Trilogy founded by Dr. Norberto Keppe.

Look, one of the hardest things about trying to get a handle on what’s really going on is the style of the media. You watch CNN or CBS, and you get volumes of information. Analysis of the sub-prime aspect, reporting of G-20 meetings with ex-president Bush (and man, does it feel good to say ex-president Bush) … you get opinions and policies and figures, and spin, glorious spin. But it’s extremely difficult to pick your way through the information.

It’s always been like this. In our Information Age, we’re bombarded with information but starving for perspective. You have to know how to understand all this, and I don’t mean in the sense of being able to debate economic policy - the benefits of government stimulus packages over tighter regulations and broader oversight, or vice versa. No, there’s got to be an overall view to be had.

And it’s exactly here that Norberto Keppe’s work does what was before him very hard to do. Because of his success at mapping the human psyche, Keppe was also able to apply those findings to the society as a whole - verifying that what the human being does outside he first does inside himself. That our external social structures are simply the reflection of ways of seeing the world, of philosophies and biases and often questionnable reasoning.

One of Keppe’s landmark discoveries is that we are inverted. We act against our nature now in favor of our inverted values. “Cash flow is more important than your mother,” as one Wall Street broker termed it. This Inversion stems from inside us. I want to start there today because understanding our psyche leads to understanding our society. And that means putting the finger on causes, so that we can take real steps to change, not just rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. As always, love to hear your thoughts … rich@richjonesvoice.com

Sari Koivukangas, a professor at the Keppe/Pacheco Educational Institute here in São Paulo joins me today.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Behind the Economic Crisis II

It’s still hitting us hard. Markets are down, foreclosures are up. Shanty towns are springing up in southern California. We’re officially in recession, it appears. And what got us here varies depending on which side of the political argument you listen to. The only problem with that is … it’s a little difficult to get at the real root causes.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, let’s try to understand it a little better in the second in our series of what’s going on Behind the Economic Crisis.

Depending on how long you’ve been listening to Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, you may or may not know that our work here is based on the extraordinary discoveries of Brazilian psychoanalyst and social scientist, Norberto Keppe. In a profound series of books he wrote in the 1980s, he essentially created a new branch of social science called “social pathology.” This was the application of his psychological assessment, analysis and treatment of the human psyche to the greater society in which we live.

Our society, he determined, is a reflection of the unrecognized parts of our individual psychological reality. “The cycle is centuries old,” he wrote. “Man creates an increasingly sick society as he is increasingly sickened by it.” This awareness occurred shortly after he moved to New York at the request of a number of professors and academics to introduce his work there. He went expecting American ingenuity and “can-do” attitude to take his work,and spread it worldwide, as they did with everything else - from Breton Woods economic policies to pop music.

But he encountered a country in trouble. “America has stopped working,” he noted. America was not producing anymore and was instead content to sit back and let the 3rd world do the work while they applied themselves to making money with money; that the U.S. was exploiting the globalization of the desire for a piece of the American Dream they’d so artfully perpetrated, stimulated and fed to chain everyone else to pulling the sled while they rode along behind, sucking up the profits.

Keppe saw psychological Inversion in the creation of an economic system that rewarded a company with increased stock prices for lowering costs by farming out production to Asian sweatshops. He saw a psychological condition in the hunger for power and money and consumer goods that was causing us to destroy the planet in our insatiable desire for more, more, more.

The three books I mentioned earlier were, and continue to be, extraordinarily astute and prophetic - Decay of the American People (and the U.S.), which we discussed in our last episode of Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Liberation of the People: the Pathology of Power, and Work and Capital. These books discussed, analyzed and clarified the psychopathology of the human being that was manifesting in the social structures we had created. This was something remarkable for the time, and remains so even today. You’ll find those books totally relevant in today’s situation. Like they were written yesterday. Write me for more information: rich@richjonesvoice.com

What Keppe noticed was the break in our social structures had made from our essential nature. From philosophy, Keppe knew that the essence of life was goodness, truth and beauty. At the same time, being successful in society often meant going against those values. We can’t suggest, for example, that the richest and most powerful among us got that way by acting like Mother Theresa or Albert Schweitzer.

And we the people have bought into it all big time. We all want to throw our money into the stock market and see it double or triple or at least bring in 10 or 15% returns. And for doing what, exactly? As Warren Buffett has noted, we’re not a nation of investors anymore, we’re a nation of traders. Which conjurs up images of men and women staring for hours into laptop computer screens to squeeze dollars out of the differenc ein exchange rates between the Yen and the Euro. Surely this is not lost on us. We’ve given up our previous values of what it meant to live in a civilized society. Our leaders lie about whatever they need to to convince us we need a massive, unwillable, horrendously expensive war. They encourage huge speculative financial systems that slosh trillions of dollars around daily like giant cassinos. They throw billions of taxpayer’s dollars into shoring up totally collapsing economic models that they’ve promoted. And then, as it’s crashing down around their ears, they admonish us that “we’re all in this together,” lumping in the vast majority of the world’s population with the small minority who are actually playing the gaem.

It’s time to wake up. As Keppe writes in Liberation of the People, ”Most people believe that the powerful are needed to maintain ‘order’ among the populace and in the markets, rather than that it is precisely these powerful who cause all the social conflict and disturbance with the dishonest laws and systems they create.”

That’s where I’d like to step out from today - that this economic and social crisis has not just happened. It’s come to us as a product of our thinking and philosophy of life, if you will. Gilbert Gambucci, fresh from discussing this at our World Conference of Analytical Trilogy a couple of weeks ago, joins me today.

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Behind the Economic Crisis 1

It's not the first time we've seen big money bailouts in our economic history, of course. Financial crises have been with us since the stock market was invented. But let's not forget that everytime the market struggles, there's a ton of money pumped in to shore it up. Public money. But this time, there's a lot of resistance to it. Could it be we're finally waking up?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, the first in a series of what's going on Behind the Economic Crisis.

First of all, apologies for not posting here for awhile. I was very busy preparing for our 1st World Conference of Analytical Trilogy, which wrapped up last weekend in San Diego. It was a great event actually, that a number of loyal Thinking with Somebody Else's Head listeners attended - and I was very gratified to see that. Mike McVay joined us from Houston, Mark Carlson and Jane Reading were in from Sedona, Rozann Wellman and her mother flew in from Utah. And my fellow Canadians were there in some force, including Dennis Hilton from Vancouver, Will LaJeunesse and his father from Edmonton, and Jason Coombs, late of Windsor but now living and working with us in São Paulo.

We had 3 1/2 days of very fascinating lectures and workshops that really highlighted the expansiveness and depth of Norberto Keppe's comprehensive science of Analytical Trilogy. We also had a chance to feature the revolutionary Keppe Motor at the event, and at a couple of press conferences in L.A. and San Diego. And now, awareness of this revolutionary technological achievement has spread significatnly all over the world. Our Keppe Motor site provides more information for you, and so does our blog. If you're really interested, set your Google Alerts to Keppe Motor and Analytical Trilogy to stay up to speed.

We were, of course, in the U.S. during the historic Senate and Congressional discussions of the $700B bailout package proposed by Bush and Treasury Secretary Paulson. That was wild stuff to watch. Coincidentally, perhaps, we were leaving the U.S. during the dramatic no vote to the package last Monday.

This was not the first time Keppe's work had been introduced to the country. Keppe and Claudia Pacheco were invited there personally back in the early '80s to spread their innovative and solutions-based work there. After years of admiring the American society, Keppe was shocked at the decay he discovered in America. He wrote a series of books aimed at conscientizing Americans of the wrong path they were heading down with the poorly conceived Reaganomic policies of the time. Liberation of the People, The Decay of the American People (and the U.S.), and Work and Capital laid it all out clearly - the decay, the pathology of power, the inversion of placing capital above work, the destruction of the ideals of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, the solutions Keppe's work proposed.

Although the American people loved his work (and still do), the power structures didn't, and it all culminated in Keppe and Pacheco fleeing the persecution in 1988. They lost everything, but re-established in Europe and finally found it safe enough to head back to Brazil. Their work flourishes here today, and our World Conference was another attempt to have Keppe's work sprout in the country that is so lost and so in need of real solutions.

We're going to explore the problems behind this current crisis in the next few podcasts. First thing to say is that this is not a new crisis at all. As Keppe noted in the '80s, the economic orientation towards speculation was creating a disastrous situation in the country. Money policy should be linked to production, to work - not to encouraging us to make money with money, as Reaganomics was doing. All the production of virtually everything has been moved offshore - to China and Mexico and India and Taiwan - and this is a disaster for the U.S. If there's no production anymore, what generates the cash? Speculation. Complex and abstract investment instruments called derivatives and hedge funds that generate huge profits - or losses - based on small movements in the prices of commodities or assets. Nothing tangible provided, just numbers in a computer somewhere.

So the crisis today is the result of decades of problems that were never addressed - a decay in all areas of American society, in ethics, and manufacturing and education and farming. And this is what is imploding now.

Keppe tried to alert the U.S. society about this, but it fell ultimately on deaf ears. Now, we're trying again.

I just want to say a little more because it's important to see that th eeconomy has been in trouble for awhile now. It's been made to appear that it's an unprecedented thing, but the signs have been around for a long time. Just a recent analysis of the situation reveals that huge amounts of dough have been poured into shoring up jittery markets.

In the International Herald Tribune of August 2007, they reported that the Fed pumped in $43B to maintain interest rates. At the same time, the other 2 parts of the Trilateral Commission, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan were also injecting billions. 250B pounds were injected by the Bank of England and the European Central bank as well.

And then, there our current scenario - $70B to protect Lehman Brothers, $85B for AIG, $180B on Sept. 18 by the U.S. Fed along with the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the Swiss National Bank to shore up the financial system.

Now, $700B. And I'm just scratching the surface. Where's all this money gone?

Combine that with former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld's admission back in 2001 that they couldn't account for $2.3T in transactions they'd made. "We've got no idea," he said.

Something's fishy, don't you think?

Something's also wrong when a homeowner can't pay his mortgage and gets thrown out on the street while the banking system that's overextended in mortgages gets bailed out with billions.

Le'ts start the process of analyzing this disaster and proposing solutions. Dr. Claudia Pacheco, vice-president of Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy joins me today to do just that.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Hope for a Troubled World

We've been in the dark about ourselves for a long time. But writers and thinkers from Homer to Schopenhauer have always known there was something powerful going on below the surface of our demeanor. "There's daggers in men's smiles," as Shakespeare put it. But with the help of a brilliant Brazilian psychoanalyst, the way is becoming clear.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Hope for a Troubled World.

Norberto R. Keppe has been plying his trade for half a century or so. And it's a difficult trade indeed ... developing a theoretical, philosophical base to understand, and a therapeutic methodology to treat, the human psyche. That vast, murky part of us that lurks in the shadows has been perceived but never brought fully out into the lights.

Freud caught a whiff of it in his early reading of Schopenhauer and his early studies with the great hypnotist and neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. The subject fascinated him sufficiently to dedicate his life's work to developing a way to treat what we couldn't see, and worse, didn't want to see all that much. Humankind's greatest artists depicted kingdoms being lost and lives being destroyed by the machinations of this unexplored netherworld. And those dark, unfathomable passions lay deep inside us, as well we ordinary humans suspected in our quiet moments when we were alone with our thoughts.

The problem was, Freud and Jung and Kraepelin and the other founding fathers of psychology didn't get it quite right. And that left a void in understanding, and a hodge-podge of theories and opinions that have often conflicted. Certainly, they've confused us, and led some of us to discredit psychology. "We've had 100 years of psychotherapy and the world's getting worse," as James Hillman and Michael Ventura put it in their critical analysis 15 years ago.

But that's only because they haven't read Keppe's work yet. Norberto Keppe has discovered some answers for us. For example, that we are not unconscious at all, but conscious of much more than we realize. There is great hope in Keppe's science of Analytical Trilogy, which we'll explore soon at our World Conference of Analytical Trilogy, Sept. 24 - 27, 2008 in San Diego. And that we'll explore today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head with Dr. Claudia Pacheco.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Inner Game of Health

We're conditioned to it now. We're stressed because of work. We're shy because our family's shy. We're sick because there's a nasty flu bug going around. We vaccinate. We medicate. We pop vitamins and supplements to pump up our besieged immune systems. We're burned out and fed up. Because of what's going on outside.

There's only one thing we forgot: the real problem is inside.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, the Inner Game of Health.

Well, this is a subject we can speak on with some authority here at the International Society of Analytical Trilogy in São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Norberto Keppe, whose work inspires and forms the basis of our podcast, has been working with psychosomatic illness for decades. He formed the first psychosomatic clinic in Latin America at the Hospital das Clinicas, part of the medical school at the University of São Paulo back in the '50s. Here's how it'd work back then: the patients the medical doctors couldn't get anywhere with - the hopeless cases - they'd send to the new guy in that psychosowhatchamacallit department. Then maybe they'd roll their eyes and wink at each other knowingly. "What chance did this young upstart, Keppe, have," they'd suggest smugly, "When the greatest medical scientists of the time like them couldn't even get to the bottom of the problem?"

But more than a few times they'd have to eat their tongue depressors when their patients - the hopeless cases - would come back with miracle cures and spontaneious remissions. All through this process of psychoanalysis he was developing. He refined his studies with work in deep psychology in Vienna with Viktor Frankl, Igor Caruso and Knut Baumgarten, and his work deepened profoundly with his discovery of Inversion in the late '70s. This was a psychological discovery that gave Keppe a glimpse of a fundamental problem inside the human being that caused almost all of his physical, mental and even social problems.

Let me be sure to underline this: Keppe's discovery of our psychological inversion has connected all the dots of the map of the human psyche. With the Keppean understanding, we can treat all disease, all relationship problems, all self-sabotaging behavior - even problems at the economic and political levels, which were before this seen as totally disconnected from the sphere of psychology. Keppe's Analytical Trilogy is a unified science as no science before it has been.

Join us in San Diego, Sept. 24 - 27, 2008 to get the overview of Keppe's comprehensive science as it is applied in many areas of human endeavor. www.wcatus.org. And of course you can write me anytime at rich@richjonesvoice.com

Dr. Marcia Sgrinhelli is a Trilogical dentist who's been working with Keppe for 20 years. She's the autho of 2 books on psychosomatic dentistry. She applies his therapeutic discoveries in her thriving dental practice here in São Paulo, and is closely involved with the Trilogical Psychosomatic Department here coordinated by Keppe's close associate, Dr. Claudia Pacheco. Dr. Sgrinhelli joins me today.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

The Perils of Positive Thinking

It flows inexorably underneath the American personality. Look on the bright side. On the sunny side of the street. Let a smile be your umbrella. That positive, can-do attitude has accomplished much. Why, then, do we have so much depression?

There is much value in having a positive attitude, but the whole story is a little more complex.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, The Perils of Positive Thinking.

First, a confession. I'm an optimist. A glass is half full kind of guy. I've always liked to try to see the good in others and in life. When I was doing a lot of seminar and workshop leading a number of years ago with my good friend, Dennis Hilton's company out in Vancouver, I used to use a favorite story:

Two shoe salesman were visiting a village where few people wore shoes. One wires back to his head office, "It's no use selling here. I'm coming home. No one wears shoes." The second salesman wires back to his head office, "Incredible opportunities here. Send more product. No one wears shoes."

All right, kind of corny. But I loved the attitude of the second guy. Still do.

But since coming to study and work with Norberto Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy here in São Paulo, Brazil, I've come to look at this aspect of positive thinking in a new light. Perhaps more accurately, a more sophisticated light.

Nowadays, with all the emphasis on cognitive therapy and behavior modification and even the power of affirmations, there can be a tendency to think that having better lives is simply a matter of progressive re-programming of our attitudes and behaviors. And the current popularity of The Secret and What the Bleep Do We Know propogate this notion further - I can accomplish whatever I want. Giving the idea that through our thoughts or ideas we can change the world.

Austrian/Brazilian psychoanalyst, Norberto Keppe, is quick to remind us of a philosophical point of view though: that our being, who we are, follows action, not thinking. In other words, we are what we do, not what we think. It's our doing that governs our being.

What complicates all this, of course, is that we often do ... unconsciously. I do things I didn't want to do. That's the problem, isn't it? Keppe has managed to map out the human psychic life. Over 50 years of clinical experience on 3 continents, over 40 books on the subject, exhaustive study of all the foundational pillars of philosophical, theological, psychological thought. It's expansive work, I can assure you. I've been studying it extensively for 7 years and I can truly say I feel I've penetrated only a few centimeters below the surface of this. But we will be exposing more of Keppe's work at our World Conference of Analytical Trilogy from Sept. 24 - 27, 2008 in San Diego. More information on that momentous event is available at www.wcatus.org. Including our unveiling of the Keppe motor - a free-energy motor that Keppe has developed from his work in The New Physics. More information on that motor is available at our sister site, www.stop.org.br

But let's penetrate the human psyche a little more today. Keppe's book, The Origin of Illness, really lays out his psychological perspective. Write me if you'd like to know more about that book, rich@richjonesvoice.com

Selma Genzani is a psychoanalyst at Keppe's Institute in São Paulo. She joins me today to throw som elight on the shadows cast by the sunny side up philosophy of positive thinking.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

The Revolution in Science

As we've explored before, it was Aristotle who led the compartmentalizaton of science into all its disciplines. He oriented us away from Plato's more universal perspective to looking down to the senses for understanding reality.

It was a significant mistake, and in case you've never given any thought to how philosophy drives science, strap yourself in. Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, The Revolution in Science, prompted by the discoveries of Brazilian/Austrian psychoanalyst and social scientist, Norberto Keppe.

Now this is uncharted territory. Keppe has been working in the field of psychology for decades and has achieved something truly significant. Through his discovery of psychological Inversion, he has been able to finish the mapping of the human psyche.

This is no small feat, of course, and a big statement. But as you begin to delve into Keppe's theories and clinical examples, you begin to make sense of many previously inexplicable behaviors - in yourself and friends and family members, and even in political and social movements and structures. Reading his book, The Origin of Illness, is a treatise on leading edge psychology and it's, frankly, light years ahead of anything else in the field.

Keppe's big discovery of Inversion shows us that human society is upside down. We've inverted our values, our economy works against people not for them, our education system trains us to work for corporations, not to think and develop an advanced society.

All this will be explored at our World Conference of Analytical Trilogy, Sept. 24 - 27, 2008. More information on that is available at www.wcatus.org

And our upcoming teleclass series will explore this in much more detail, too. Write me for information on that ... rich@richjonesvoice.com

This Inversion also affected Aristotle, and the fathers of modern science, Compte, Descartes, Newton, Einstein. Keppe applies his psychological wisdom to science as well to powerful effect. His book, The New Physics, which is available as a downloadable e-book, puts us right side up again, and it's the subject of our program today. Keppean researcher, Cesar Soos, joins us.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Dream of the Americas

It's a dream almost as old as mankind. A yearning for a return to a golden time. A flowering of all that is magnificent in the human soul. All religions guard the prophecy. Philosophies centuries of years old carry whispers of it in their writings. A time we lost once ... but are on the verge of recovering.

If, that is, we human beings solve our problems.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, The Dream of the Americas.

Our subject today is a beautiful one. An esoteric topic that we almost never hear about. But it's a story that has been carried forth for centuries. In the words of my guest today, a dream that's been passed like a torch from hand to hand by idealists throughout history. Told in stories to children huddled around fires, and fueled by passions that have shaped history.

One day, the legends tell us, we will reach a much cherished golden age, "A new Jerusalem," as William Blake called it. "A promised land of inconceivable riches," as the Italian saint, Dom Bosco coined it.

Norberto Keppe, whose work I base this program on, would say that paradise exists now, as it always has, and that only our psycho-socio-pathology stops it from appearing. A psycho-socio-pathology, by the way, that he has developed a scientific methodology to treat. With the purpose of, as he said recently, "to lead the human being back to the goodness for which he was created by helping him become conscious of the wrong path he has chosen so that he might return to the right path."

Keppe's beautiful work - his life's work - will be discussed deeply and comprehensively at our World Conference of Analytical Trilogy this coming Sept. 24 - 27, 2008 in San Diego. Complete information on that is available at www.wcatus.org. Or by writing me at rich@richjonesvoice.com

A few years ago, Dr. Claudia Pacheco, vice-president of Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy here in São Paulo, wrote an extraordinary book - The Secret History of Brazil - a product of a lifetime's interest and research in the movements of history destined to re-establish the Kingdom of God on Earth.

This research revealed a deep link between the Americas and the lost tribes of Israel. And she discovered that the dream of all humanity for a time of peace and prosperity - the 3rd Millennium, the Fifth Empire, call it what you will - had never died. And were alive today.

Dr. Pacheco joins me today.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Economy of Destruction

The mythology says there's a free hand of benevolence calming or cajoling the marketplace. But it seems that's mostly dogma. Economics is a theology, guided by whatever belief structure is in vogue in the brokers of power of the moment. And for most of recorded history, those powerful have not been our friends.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, The Economy of Destruction.

This is a topic that's close to my heart, and what first got me resonating with the philosophy of Dr. Norberto Keppe. His book, Liberation of the People: The Pathology of Power, opened my eyes wide to the pathology behind the power structures, and changed forever how I saw the world. The idea that we could analyze society through a psychological lens was totally refreshing to me. And it helped calm a deep anguish I'd had because I could see the distorted social structure we were living in, but couldn't explain how it had gotten that way and how, after every election, everything continued pretty much as it had before.

Keppe's book, by the way, is still available to you. Just contact me at rich@richjonesvoice.com for information on how you can get your copy.

Well, that's something about Keppe's work on psycho-socio-pathology, but he's also put forward remarkable new ideas in science, too. His book, The New Physics, re-defines the laws of physics and energy and even genetics. Dramatically. Actually there's a big demonstration of this in a practical way in a new motor that's been created based on his work. A free energy motor that works on Keppe's disinversion of a basic scientific tenet that energy comes from matter. It doesn't. It comes from the essential energy field of the univers that is manifested into two forms - secondary energy, or electro-magnetic energy, the energy of Einstein's theory - and matter. Well, this'll become clear on our site. Check it out at www.stop.org.br. Just click on the English version of the site and it'll be right there.

We'll also be exploring Keppe's work in great detail at our World Conference of Analytical Trilogy coming up in San Diego in September 2008. Find more information about that at www.wcatus.org

Today, economist Eduardo Nascimento joins me to look at Keppe's revolutionary ideas in economics. Strap yourself in, and enjoy the ride.

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Inversion Driving Substance Abuse

We've been seduced by them, and horrified by them. Encouraged to tune out with them, and spurn them violently as instruments of the devil. We've seen them reduce users to living in hovels, and elevate dealers to palacial mansions. Legal or illegal, they're being used and abused in record numbers in our so-called evolving society.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, the Inversion Driving Substance Abuse.

Well, this is some topic to consider, let me tell you. Drug abuse is a monumental topic because there are so many aspects to consider. There's the personal aspect first. Probably all of us have some direct experience with it - from our favorite uncle with a drinking problem, to horror stories of close friends destroying lives and familes with out-of-control substance abuse problems.

There's the social aspect of modern life being so bereft of meaning and purpose and spiritual values.

There's the psychopathic aspect which is always present when astronomical profits are involved.

But there is some considerable comfort to be found in the work of Brazilian-Austrian psychoanalyst and social scientist, Norberto Keppe, whose work we will be discussing in great detail at our International Conference of Analytical Trilogy (Keppe's science), Sept. 24 - 27, 2008 in San Diego. Write me for more information on that at rich@richjonesvoice.com, or visit our website, www.wcatus.org

Shakespeare said, "How far that little candle throws his beams. So shines a good deed in a weary world." That is a perfect description of Keppe's work. Reaching to the core of our difficulties and offering a strong hand up and out, and into our true position as beautiful, good and true beings in a loving universe.

But we have some problems to see along the way.

Sofie Bergqvist is a teacher here at our International Society of Analytical Trilogy, and she's been developing deep work in the roots of substance abuse for our September conference. She looks at this important topic today on our program.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Art and Reality

The most famous expressions of it are found in the world's great cities. But it's also scratched in caves and carved on rock walls. And it's also pinned beneath fridge magnets in kitchens everywhere.

Art, Marc Chagall said, must be an expression of love, or it is nothing. No doubt about it ... art is really an emanation of the human soul. And that makes it transcendental.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Art and Reality.

Art and creativity flow out of us when we're kids. That's maybe universal. The problem, as Picasso knew, was how to remain an artist once we grow up. Because we don't usually. And maybe that reflects a tendency we have to reject beauty and esthetics - a rejection that ripples out into our societies and cultures. Because we don't see art being given the value it should in our world. Art, so essential an emanation of the human soul, is irrelevant to a worldview that sees the primal force in live only in survival. From this viewpoint, the jumble of chemicals and compounds and biological processes that makes up man is moved only by the urge to multiply. Nature does not favor beauty or goodness or truth, these learned minds tell us. To them, the magnificence of creation is collapsed to the mundane formula of genetics plus time.

We sensitive human beings know that to be complete hogwash, of course. There is absolutely no survival need for artistry, but it exists in all of us ... though you might be hard pressed to find it in any of my personal attempts at drawing anything.

Brazilian/Austrian psychoanalyst, Norberto Keppe, whose work we will be exploring more in our upcoming teleclass series (and just write me for more info on that and to get on the mailing list - rich@richjonesvoice.com) Keppe has declared openly that art - esthetics - is the basis of civilization and our link to the eternal transcendetnal world ... and God. A far cry from survival of the fittest.

Helena Mellander is a Swedish journalist and singer who's joined me to talk about art and reality.

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Friday, May 02, 2008

The True Origin of Illness

Most place its origins on chemical imbalances, or poor nutrition, or heredity ... or even on bad karma from past lives. But with the new discoveries in psycho-socio-pathology, it's now possible to lay the blame squarely on our shoulders.

Let's face it ... if we're sick or troubled, somewhere in our psychology, that's what we want.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, the True Origin of Illness.

I know, there are many people writing these days about sickness and health from a more wholistic perspective, but somehow no one has defined the origins of illness quite as completely as Norberto R. Keppe.

That's a big claim to make, of course, and probably needs some backup. Keppe created the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine at the clinical hospital of the University of São Paulo - the largest hospital in latin America - back in the '60s. Here's how it worked in those days: the most hopeless cases, the ones the medical doctors couldn't get their heads around, ended up in Keppe's office for a little of his innovative psychoanlytical technique. And many times, walked out healthy. From alergies to heart problems to gastrointestinal difficulties to terminal diseases, he kind of worked magic on them. His results continued at his own private clinic - and continue to this day - offering a revolution in treating any type of disease.

And the core of his work is this: illness is an aberration. It's a sign that we are doing something to distort or negate our true and healthy nature. And that blockage can be identified and treated, restoring the natural health that underpins all of life.

Where Freud got lost in the pessimism of seeing us as having this pathological unconscious full of bad intentions and animal instincts - and proposing that this was natural and unavoidable - Keppe restores hope by seeing us as naturally good and healthy beings in essence ... but with many inverted attitudes against that sanity. Attitudes that can be treated and controlled. There is a deeply spiritual aspect fo Keppe's work, then, that focusses the discussion of why we - and our society - are so sick, on the human psychological life. And that's something his work throws mega spotlights on. Keppe understands the human psyche better than anyone in history since Jesus - and we have much to gain by turning to his wisdom.

By the way, we'll be exploring the implications and impact of his work in many areas of human activity at our World Conference of Analytical Trilogy this coming September, 2008 in San Diego. Check it out at www.wcatus.org

And another note ... we're finally in production for our teleclass series that we've been promising for some time now. We've been a little slow getting that off the ground. We get busy around here, and it's a push to do these extra things, but I appreciate your patience. If you'd like more information about this series, or anything else you've heard about on this Podcast, just shoot me an email: rich@richjonesvoice.com

Today, psychoanalyst Leo Lima, who's worked closely with Keppe for 25 years, takes us on a journey to the origins of illness.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Truly Combatting Terrorism

The faces of its perpetrators are hidden behind hoods and stockings. Its acts are captured on hand-held home video cameras in dank prisons or God knows where. Its strikes are sudden and unexpected. But we think of it only in terms of our enemies. We, we declare self-righteously, never engage in terrorism.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Truly Combatting Terrorism. A special presentation today: a complete re-playing of an interview I did with Dr. Norberto Keppe 5 days after 9-11. The views of a leading psychoanalysis on one very crucial topic we need to probe much deeper in our society - the roots and solutions to terrorism.

More in a moment.

First an update on our upcoming congresses and conferences on Analytical Trilogy, Dr. Keppe's science of socio-psychopathology. If you've been listening for awhile, you'll know we have 2 similar events planned for 2008: one here in Brazil, and one in San Diego. If you're interested in learning more about Analytical Trilogy, how do you make a choice? Let me help you.

Our International Congress of Analytical Trilogy here in Brazil from July 4 - 6, 2008will be for those of you who are resonating with the work we are doing in Brazil in terms of economy, business, residences, publishing, our Integral Psychoanalysis clinic, and the pulse of Norberto Keppe's work. Check out our site at www.trilogycongress.org.

In San Diego, our World Congress of Analytical Trilogy will be looking at the specific applications of Keppe's work in a wide range of areas - from family counseling to the arts to drug rehab to media and journalism. Lectures, workshops, symposia, all looking at the influence Analytical Trilogy could have in a wide area of human activitiy. www.wcatus.org

You know, I moved to Brazil from New York City in July 2001, 2 1/2 months before 9-11. So when that infamous incident occurred, I was keenly aware of it, and shocked, like most of us. I asked Dr. Keppe to sit down with me and record an interview about his views on terrorism, and how we could begin to process this and even understand and respond to it. Keppe hit some deep chords in this interview, about maturity and consciousness and drew a much bigger circle around this issue than any commentator I've heard then or since on the subject.

I'm going to run that interview now, in its original Portuguese dubbed into English by my friend, Gilbert Gambucci. The quality is acceptable, but not fantastic. I've cleaned it up as much as possible, including re-recording my questions. But the content is startlingly original - and deeply therapeutic. Let me know what you think. rich@richjonesvoice.com

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Jason's Excellent Adventure

Trilogical science has been around for half a century. In that time, it's identified essential aspects of the human psyche. It's allowed us to analyze our myriad personal and social issues. And it's elaborated new work and living structures that solve many long-standing inequalities.

And one more thing - Trilogy is calling some new people here.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Jason's Excellent Adventure: A New Canadian's View of Trilogy and His Country.

First, I'm always happy to get email from you about the show. Whether it's a comment or a question, it's always good to know what you're thinking. And I"m looking to have contact with as many people who are listening to Thinking with Somebody Else's Head as possible, because we are expanding on what we offer with this program. I know I've been talking about this for some time, but I want to encourage you to just drop me a line with your email address so I can keep you updated. I'm making some new Keppe books available very soon, and we're developing our teleclass series, and I'd like to be able to contact you directly whenever something cool comes along in our work. So please fire me off a quick note if you haven't already so I know you're listening and I'll keep you in the loop. rich@richjonesvoice.com

You know, Norberto Keppe's work deserves to be studied seriously because it is a serious scientific school of thought that considers the impact of the human psyche in areas as diverse as relationships and economics, the impact of our minds on our health, the disinversion of science and banking, and even how to develop your career and business. Our World Conference of Analytical Trilogy in San Diego, Sept. 24 - 27 2008 will be an excellent overview of this incredible science. You can check out details at www.wcatus.org

One guy who's responded to Keppe's work through this podcast is a young Canadian named Jason Coombs. He's been listening for the past year and a half and corresponding with me and finally took the big plunge to move down here to study more. I thought it would be interesting for you to talk to him about his story and his first impressions of Trilogy and its specific applications to our country - Canada.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

The Clarity of Dreams

They can be downright weird or totally logical. Recurring or one-off experiences. Most of them we dismiss the moment we wake from them. But some of them stay with us like messengers that have something to tell us.

And it's significant that the greatest psychological investigators placed a lot of stock in them. And today, we will, too.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, the Clarity of Dreams.

But first, one thing I've learned since moving from Canada 6 1/2 years ago to study with Norberto Keppe at his International Society of Analytical Trilogy is ... you have to be flexible. They do things differently down here. It's not like North America where we're raised with the business-like mantra, "Plan the work and work the plan." Things down here operate much more by inspiration.

And it's happening again. New inspiration that is. For the past few weeks on the program, I've been talking about our International Congress of Analytical Trilogy here in Brazil July 4 - 6, 2008. And any of you who come to join us for this great event will be invited to stay on with us at our hotel conference center for a few days after the event for some study and working sessions on Keppe's science of psycho-socio-pathology. Well, any event we hold at our hotel is phenomenal, and this will be no different. More information about that event can be found on our site at www.trilogycongress.org. And of course, as always, if you need to know more, write me at rich@richjonesvoice.com

The new inspiration is linked to another exciting event we're organizing in the U.S. - the World Congress of Analytical Trilogy in San Diego from September 24 - 27, 2008. More information is at www.wcatus.org. So now you have your choice ... come on down here to beautiful Brazil and experience the science of Analytical Trilogy here in the center of the work and our companies and all that's going on down here. And it's a lot, believe me. Or fly to San Diego and join us there. If you need help making your choice, I can help you at rich@richjonesvoice.com

One thing I do know ... with 81% of Americans in a recent CBS/NY Times poll saying the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction, it's pretty clear a new orientation is needed. And here on the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, may I suggest that Norberto Keppe's work carries on from their extraordinary initiatives. But with something these others didn't have - and that's a profound understanding of human psychopathology. Why, when we all know we should stop war and feed and educate people and stop killing and torturing people we fear, why don't we do that? Keppe's science can answer that question and give us a means to really effect change in the human condition.

But more on that in our next program. Today, dreams. Sari Koivukangas is a teacher here in Brazil who has many years of experience with students in our psycho-linguistic method of teaching. Dreams is one of her specialties.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Media and War

Almost a century ago we had a war to end all wars. But we could say we've had nothing but since! Millions dead. Homes torn apart. Artistic and philosophical movements stopped dead in their tracks.

While some may rhapsodize about the war years being the best years of their lives, perhaps this is an example of selective nostalgia.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, The Media and War.

I remember the Edwin Starr hit from the '70s - War: What is it Good For! And the strong exclamation point in response - Absolutely Nothing.

Now, this is a delicate subject because many people have lost loved ones to war situation, so I do not in any way to come across as disparaging their memories. My point of view is that it's a terrible thing that we have any situations here on earth - especially here in the 21st century - where any human beings are losing their lives because we have not found a way to live together without killing and torturing each other. I believe we should be able to live in a world where the laying down of life for country or religious group or tribe would simply never come up.

So it is from that perspective that I would like to step out and explore this subject. And I hope I can express myself well enough here to add something valuable to the conversation that we actually have very seldom - to our shame.

That being said, most of us can agree at least with the idea that war is a last - and I mean way, way distant last - option for solving problems.

So let me try to offer a psychological perspective on war and aggression here on the 5th anniversary of a completely unnecessary war in Iraq.

Norberto Keppe is a Brazilian psychoanalyst whose work can give us a profound view of all aspects of human experience - particularly the sick ones. For Keppe, the essence of life is goodness, truth and beauty. All that exists, by itself, naturally, has those qualities. Any deviation from that is created and maintained by we human beings. And the moment we stop feeding destruction and evil and sickness, they stop.

This is a profound basis from which to move out in analyzing life and social situations, of course, and is the one we will adopt in looking at human war today.

My guest is Italian journalist, Fabrizio Biliotti, who sat down with me recently for an expansive discussion about the role of the media in analyzing the world we live in - especially as it relates to war - and our most high profile war in particular.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

True Medicine

Spending on medical technology is growing. Drug prescriptions are flying out of doctor's offices. Drug companies are throwing new drugs on the market continually. And all this vaunted "medical care" is killing us in record numbers.

We're getting sicker and sicker. And our medical perspective is leading us further and further from a solution.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, True Medicine.

There's much coming out of the psychosomatic department at Norberto Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy that is ground-breaking. Keppe is a true pioneer in the field. For over 50 years, he's been curing people of severe and minor health conditions, from cancer and AIDS, to migraines and eczema, using nothing more than psychoanalysis - albeit psychoanalysis with some teeth in it, as evidenced by its ability to get to the core of the issue rather than just moving things around on the surface like so much of today's health techniques - including even the highly-touted alternative methods. More in a moment.

First, a reminder of our International Congress of Analytical Trilogy from July 4 -6, 2008 here in Brazil. Our web page is up now - www.trilogycongress.org. This will be an in-depth look at many practical applications of Norberto Keppe's work in psycho-socio-pathology that will bring you a lot of consciousness and maybe even inspire you to study with us to learn more so you can apply it in your field of work. Check out the site - www.trilogycongress.org - and write me if you are interested in joining us - rich@richjonesvoice.com

Speaking of learning ... I'm working with Dr. Claudia Pacheco - my guest on today's show - to develop a very exciting teleclass series for those interested in learning more about Analytical Trilogy and discovering how it can help you in your careers, relationships, health and general understanding of the world. Make sure you write me to get on our waiting list for this. It's coming soon.

Now, Norberto Keppe is the name of the brilliant Austrian/Brazilian psychoanalyst whose extraordinary work forms the basis of this program. And he has elaborated the first true psychology the world has ever seen. Where others have gotten only so far as seeing human problems stemming from sex and family problems, or trauma, or society's negative influence, or chemical imbalances, Keppe has re-defined the field to lead us back to the source of all our problems inside ourselves, which then also manifest outward to our greater society.

If we feel bad, Keppe asserts, it's because of some denial or rejection of health inside us. Thus, our attitudes and ideas and emotions need attention.

This has huge implications in the area of physical health, as we'll discuss today - much more than the food we eat or the vitamins we ingest or even the DNA we have.

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Einstein's Mistake

He's widely considered one of the greatest scientific geniuses of all time. A humbe civil servant, he rose from obscurity to change the world of science - and alter how we see the world. He was known and famous for his Theory of Relativity. Only one problem - Einstein's scientific theory was fundamentally flawed.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Einstein's mistake. Well, he was obviously a great genius, and a great humanitarian. But there was a fundamental flaw in his scientific vision that is mirrored in almost all science today. And we'd like to address that in today's program.

But first, I've been talking for a few weeks now about our upcoming International Congress of Analytical Trilgy - Analytical Trilogy being the name of Norberto Keppe's science of psycho-socio-pathology. Our website is up an online now ... check it out at www.trilogycongress.org We have a great event planned July 4 - 6, 2008, and an extra 5 days or so of activities at our hotel for those of you coming from out of town. Write me at rich@richjonesvoice.com if you need more information.

You know, I've been doing this program for a year and a half now, and enjoying very much the emails I receive from you with questions or suggestions for topics or even problems from your own lives that you'd like help with. I've been thinking and talking to the psychoanalysts at Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy about it for awhile now, and I'd like to provide those of you who are interested with a special Member's Only program. I'm planning a specific podcast where I sit down with Claudia Pacheco or another analyst from our clinic to deal with your specific issues or problems. You'd write to me, I'd open up the subject with the analyst, and those programs would be available only to those who've registered. As well, I'm going to offer a special teleclass with Claudia Pacheco once a month on fundamental points of Keppe's science of psycho-socio-pathology that will help you understand yourself and others and the world we live in much better.

It's a pretty exciting service because the work we're doing here in Brazil is having impressive results in education, coaching, self-development, etc.

I'm sketching it all out and will have a finished offer to you very soon, but I'd like you to register with me for more information and I'll send it to you personally when everything's together. rich@richjonesvoice.com

Today, science and Einstein. Cesar Soos joins me from our department of Trilogical energetics.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Treating Problems in Education

We spend our most formative years in it. The best years of our lives, they call it. And in these years, we ostensibly learn invaluable lessons for the rest of our lives.

Still, I can't help but remember Einstein's thoughts about it: "Education is what remains after you've forgotten everything you learned in school."

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Treating Problems in Education.

Well, this is a subject close to our hearts here at the International Society of Analytical Trilogy because we work with education a lot. But let me describe something about our structure here first.

As you may know from listening to Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we've been working with new ways to structure business since the mid-1980s. When the president of ISAT, Norberto Keppe, upon whose psycho-sociological discoveries I base this show, was invited to take his work to the U.S., he was frankly shocked at the massive decay he noticed there. He wrote a number of books about it, most notably Liberation of the People, Work and Capital and the Decay of America. One essential aspect of Keppe's critique centered about the mis-guided policies of Reagonomics.

Keppe noted that the policies of speculation being promoted by Reagan and Friedman, the economist who oriented him, was moving America away from producing goods and into making money with money. This makes money more important than work - an inversion that seriously weakens an economy, because nothing real can be built on speculation only. This creates an inflated virtual economy floating above a non-existent foundation - which used to be based on work and production.

So, Keppe organized Trilogical companies based on disinverted principles, such as workers owning the company, payment occurring based on production, not the money invested by a person, no one making money on the work of others.

And one of the businesses we run this way is Millennium Language Schools here in São Paulo, where we employ Keppe's studies in psycho-socio-pathology to teach people. With great effect, I might add.

Luciara Avelino is a Brazilian teacher who has worked here for over 10 years. In addition to her teaching duties, she now conducts workshops to help teachers and students understand themselves better so they learn better.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Humanity's Core Problem Explained

Some say it comes from our social inequality. Others that greed and the lust for power are behind it. Still others say it's just our nature. We're too soon out of the jungle.

But these are unsatisfactory to those working to solve the question, "Why is human society in such terrible shape?" Now, here in Brazil, one scientist has managed some final answers.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Humanity's Core Problem Explained.

Norberto Keppe's science is called psycho-socio-pathology, and it's the result of more than 50 years of clinical research into what makes the human being tick. I'm pretty impressed with it because it provides some definitive conclusions about what's going on in the human psyche, and how those murky bits are manifesting in the collective society as well.

We'll be providing a great look at Keppe's science at our 19th International Congress of Analytical Trilogy July 4 - 6, 2008 here in Brazil. A State of the Union address, if you will, on the definitive conclusions about the human psyche and how we can treat it and the inverted social structures that are born out of it. Just write me for more information on that ... rich@richjonesvoice.com

You know, after the initial discoveries of Freud, Klein, Jung and others, the science of psychology lost its way in the behaviorism of Skinner (which saw human beings as nothing more than pigeons who needed a good behavioral re-programming), and the more social therapies of Rogers and Karen Horney.

We could consider that, before Keppe, the study of the human psyche had come to a dead-end. After a promising start by Freud and the early Germans, psychology got distracted by a number of more superficial treatments like behaviorism and the various humanistic talk therapies so popular in the U.S. today. Or got lost in the Siberia of psychotropic drugs that is modern psychiatry.

Most of the world lives under the illusion that the human psyche, like the human genome, is still being mapped. This is not true. Norberto Keppe has completed the study of the human psyche in a substantial way. That's what we´re going to talk about today, with Dr. Claudia Pacheco, vice-president of Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy.

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Friday, February 01, 2008

Violence Kills Us - Not the Other Guy

It is nurtured in the fevers of fanaticism. Fomented in books and newsletters and websites. We can defend it, or march out against it. We can propose elegant legal arguments to justify it. But when the jingoism dies down, any rational human being must as the same question Bobby Kennedy did: "What has violence ever accomplished?"

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Violence Kills Us - Not the Other Guy.

This program is based on some extraordinary philosophical proposals put forward by psychoanalyst and social scientist, Norberto Keppe. Not completely new ideas because many of the ideas have been considered by humanity's greatest minds for millennia. But what is new is the nature of synthesis in Keppe's work. He has managed to unite many ideas behind one vast world view that is comprehensive in its understanding. So while many have considered the essence of man, like Aquinas, or analyzed the sickness of the socio-economic structures, like Marx, or investigated the light and dark in the human psyche like Freud, no one has managed to unite everything into one science that allows us to see what we truly are in our God-given essence.

Keppe's science of psycho-socio-pathology is fascinating, profound and enormously vast in its scope. We'll be exploring it in depth in our International Congress on Analytical Trilogy - that being the name of Keppe's science - from July 4 - 6, 2008 here in Brazil. Anyone who's interested in that will be invited to stay on at our conference spa for a few days to consider the themes of psycho-socio-pathology - perhaps with Dr. Keppe himself in attendance. Write me for more information about that - rich@richjonesvoice.com

I also want to update you on our BrainFood Community which we're setting up to give you more education on this science. This idea is morphing somewhat after conversations with Dr. Claudia Pacheco. We'd like to create a training program to teach the skills of psycho-socio-therapy. This will include teleclasses with Dr. Pacheco and others of us from the International Society of Analytical Trilogy, a newsletter, Q & A sessions, and more. It'll be very specific training to help you develop the understanding and tools of psycho-socio-pathology that you'll be able to apply in your sphere of influence. Again, rich@richjonesvoice.com to get on our mailing list for updates about that.

A few weeks ago, Gilbert Gambucci explored the roots of racism very effectively on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head. When he came to me with some ideas for tackling violence, I jumped at the chance to look at this pathology through Keppe's eyes.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Social Activism and Solutions

What do do when we're faced with so many obvious problems in society? Some resort to drugs and alcohol to block it out. Others become depressed and even suicidal. Some turn on the TV or spend more time at the gym. Many of us just throw up our hands in despair.

But a few are looking for - and finding - solutions.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Social Activism and Solutions.

This is, in a way, a follow-up to last week's program with Dr. Claudia Pacheco. She was talking there about society being on a dead-end street and how we have now reached some final conclusions about why that is - and how we can begin to treat this source problem. Dr. Norberto Keppe's work gives us the knowledge and tools to do just that. His science of psycho-socio-pathology helps us see why we are polluting and destroying and making so much war. Most activists focus on stopping those things - and that's, of course, necessary. But if we don't address the why we do that - which is in the human psyche - we'll be like the alcoholic who stops the alcohol, but replaces it with cocaine or sex or fanaticism.

Here in Brazil at Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy, we're training people with the consciousness and psycho-socio tools to make a difference in their communities. To become psycho-socio-therapists. Imagine a journalist with the sufficient understanding of psycho-socio-pathology to be able to analyze world or local events through this combined scientific, philosophical, theological perspective that is tied to a universal reality of right, and justice, and goodness, and beauty and things like that. He or she would report on events in a completely different way than we see currently. Today, media, out of its fanatic adherence to a relativistic so-called "journalistic integrity" just throws all points of view together in one show or column and leaves you to pick up the pieces.

With an understanding of Keppe's work, the psycho-socio-journalist would understand a basic starting point - there is a universal reality of beauty, truth and goodness, and any deviation from that could be seen and analyzed by him or her much more clearly.

And that's just one area of action for psycho-socio-therapists! We'll be getting together July 4 - 6, 2008 here in Brazil to look at this science of psycho-socio-pathology, and this will be an excellent opportunity for you to start your training. Write me for more information: rich@richjonesvoice.com

Today, I'll talk with Per-Erik Persson, a human ecologist from Sweden who works with the Jak Members Bank - a no-interest loan bank in Sweden. Per-Erik has written a book about social activism amongst ceramics workers in Argentina.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Therapy to Heal Society

Look all around you and you'll see the rapidly mounting evidence of a society in deep trouble. Lurking environmental disaster, a pending recession, skyrocketing depression and suicide rates. Human society as its currently organized is at a dead-end. Time to admit it ... if we continue like this, we're done for. Now ... what do we do about it?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Therapy to Heal Society.

For any of you, and I know there are many, who look around you and wonder, "What has gone so terribly wrong?", this program will come as a great relief. There are some practical tools that can be used to treat the inverted and even perverse social and psychological conditions in the world today. Thanks to the work of psychoanalyst and social scientist, Norberto Keppe, we can now say definitively that the source of our problems is clear. Human beings, out of their enormous envy, have inverted their values and elaborated an inverted society as a result. And then, on top of that, we censor perception of our envy and inversion and pretend that we are the masters of our own destiny and that we can solve all problems ourselves given enough time and money. But it will never work.

In his extraordinary book about disinverting economics, Work and Capital, Keppe says, "The human being becomes ill as a result of his anger toward light, toward consciousness. He prefers to live in darkness, far removed from any perception. This is what causes his illnesses and all of the problems that beset humanity. At the same time that his intention is to know, he opposes knowledge entirely - and in the struggle leaves strewn along the way the ruins of a life spent battling against the truth."

Se we are missing something fundamental. Human beings, in an incomplete, materialistic way, keep looking for superficial solutions - introduce this legislation, save that species, speak out about globalization and the corruption world trading agreements cause to the democratic process. And while all these may be necessary, they must be done in tandem with addressing our deep metaphysical crisis - we are turned against God ... and even our own existence.

We are addressing this consistently in these radio programs, and have plans to expand this. We want to create a new community of Thinking with Somebody Else's Head listeners to consider these problems in society and what we might do about them. The BrainFood Community is what we're calling it (and thanks to listener Ludmilla Ducaneaux from Holland for the inspiration), so make sure you are on the advisory list for that so I can let you know more about it. rich@richjonesvoice.com

You know, we are receiving a lot of interest from around the world for people to come here to our International Society of Analytical Trilogy to study and learn how Keppe's scientific discoveries can be applied to helping in all areas of society. That's our topic today.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Self Centeredness - A One-Way Street Going the Wrong Way

What is the relationship between looking out for yourself and looking out for others? How do you keep the balance? Or ... and this may be controversial, is there any balance to keep? There are many opinions about the merit of self-interest, but we could turn to one great example for his thoughts. Benjamin Franklin cautioned us to deny self for self's sake.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Self-Centeredness - A One-Way Street Going the Wrong Way.

I first wanted to make another quick announcement here while I have your attention about a new program we'll be launching soon for you to learn more about the concepts that form the basis of our work on this program. The great and important work of Norberto Keppe and his studies in psycho-socio-pathology. This will be a monthly program of articles and teleclasses where you can participate directly and learn more about yourself and how to apply this to helping others in your families, workplaces, communities, schools, etc. I'll be sending out something more specific to those of you who are interested, so make sure I have your email if you are. Write me at rich@richjonesvoice.com

A couple of weeks ago, Claudia Pacheco and I had a look at narcissism, one of the hot topics down here in Brazil in our scientific meetings about psycho-socio-pathology. And very popular as a download on iTunes as well. And I wanted to approach the subject again - one because it's something of a way of being that I see creating havoc, not only in my life, but in the lives of many of my friends and family members. And second, because it is such a key that opens a door to understanding many of the problems we face in our society.

You see self-interest blatantly expressed in huge corporations driven by greedy shareholders who don't give 2 cents for the company except as a vehicle to make them money.

You see it in financial advice books like the one by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki which cautions that the world's economy is going down the toilet and the best way to protect yourself is to make as much money as you can. Incredible! Contribute to the destruction of the world (and the economy as a consequence) by focusing on making money only (a prime reason we are destroying the planet now) so that when the economy and everything else is completely destroyed by actions like yours, you can move to some paradise and leave everyone else holding the bag.

You see self-interest in the desperate drive to look out for number 1 first while millions starve.

Norbert Keppe writes and speaks about this constantly in his books and TV shows.

Today, I'm going to take a look at self-centeredness with psychiatric nurse and psychoanalyst here at Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy, Kerstin Arviddson.

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Troubled Science

Although scientists today are generally against any idea of a transcendental reality, it wasn't always like that.

Pasteur said, "The more I study nature, the more I'm amazed at the work of the Creator." And for centuries, the greatest geniuses considered the ultimate creative force of God fundamental to any understanding of reality.

And then, it all changed.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Troubled Science.

Before we dive into our admittedly heated subject today, let me just say Happy New Year to you, and send you my best wishes for a successful and conscious 2008. And consciousness we will need more of to begin to address our looming environmental crises particularly, but our other social difficulties as well.

I, like many individuals in all countries on the globe, have been personally interested in that for years, but it wasn't until discovering the work of Brazilian/Austrian psychoanalyst, Norberto Keppe, that I began to understand the source of all the problems. Keppe's work outlines very precisely the psychological distortions that have led human society away from its true purposes, and caused us to erect social structures that actually make it impossible to live to our human potential.

I started this radio program to begin to talk about these foundational discoveries because ... well, this is my medium. But there are other ways to find out more. Write me at rich@richjonesvoice.com and I'll steer you in the right direction.

My dear friend, Susan Berkley, and I will be starting a special online and teleclass program very shortly based on Keppe's work, so stay tuned for more on that.

Well, today, my colleague, Cesar Soos, and I are going to jump into the heat of the fire again. Seems whenever we try to offer a critique of modern-day science, our arguments hit up against a formidable wall of skepticism and unrepentant commitment to the current dogma that unfortunately characterizes the scientific world view today.

But something changed in science. For centuries, scientists and philosophers were pretty much united in their consideration of God in their scientific understandings. Even Descartes, who was instrumental in the so-called Scientific Revolution that sought to free the human being from what it saw as the repressive superstition of organized religion, was a devout believer to the end of his days.

But the scientific proposals that burst forth from that period of history influence us even today - and not necessarily for the better.

Keep your mind open and join us for a very important discussion.

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