Thursday, April 30, 2009

Redefining Success

Everyone has weighed in with opinions on the subject. The comments flow endlessly from book titles and magazine articles. Our predominating materialistic world view limits our discussion of it to fields of money or fame. But as our defining economic structure crumbles before our very eyes, we'd be well advised to try to redefine it.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Re-defining Success.

Before we begin, I'd like to remind you of our other radio project ... a new show I'm developing with Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco, a frequent contributor here, called Healing Through Consciousness. This is a program focused on offering advice and counseling to you for any problems or difficulties that you want help with. We regularly take calls and emails to delve deeper into those difficult problems that you haven't been able to solve or get on top of. All the information about how to participate is on our site. Or feel free to write me anytime:

There is much exciting and important emerging from the Brazilian school of Analytical Trilogy, the science I base these programs on. Our radio programs develop and spread those ideas, so do take the time to find out more. You'll be glad you did.

We've approached the idea of success in a popular Thinking with Somebody Else's Head program way back in January of 2007, but I'd like to come at it again, this time from a little more metaphysical point of view.

We're very limited in talking about success today because of the economic bias we bring to any discussion on the subject. From the Forbes List to winners on the Apprentice, we give a lot of airtime to success defined by an extremely narrow range of parameters. And that makes us very shallow and it deteriorates our cultural and even intellectual experience.

Lily Tomlin expressed it well when she said, "Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world." Amen, Ms. Tomlin. What's the value of that?

But there is a hunger for more. There has to be. Tell me there is. It's why I'm putting all this energy and time into this Podcast.

Actually, we see evidence that people are seeking more in the acceptance of Norberto Keppe's TV show around the world - and Keppe's show is the polar opposite of the completely irrelevant discourse that defines today's TV talk show.

And there's more evidence, too, in the worldwide acceptance flowing to Britain's Got Talent winner, Susan Boyle, an ordinary, anything but the usual collagen-lipped, air-brushed, made-by-marketing, limited talent wonder we're normally spoon-fed by our mediocrity-addicted media.

We're hungry for authenticity. I often think of Keppe's Analytical Trilogy like the water of truth on our parched earth.

So let's look at success in that light today. Psychoanalyst Leo Lima joins me today.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

The Stock Market Crash's Silver Lining

Hundreds of years before the meteoric rise of Cisco Systems or Qualcomm stock prices, Semper Augustus tulip bulbs were selling for the price of a house in Holland. Tulipmania was in full swing in the 1600s, and it looked much like the dotcom madness of the 1990s. It crashed eventually, of course, but caused little lasting damage. Could the same thing be true today?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, the Stock Market Crash's Silver Lining.

Of course, it should be pointed out that in all the madness surrounding the trade in rare and exotic tulip bulbs, the Amsterdam Stock Exchange never got in on the deal. Madness it was, with speculators brokering deals in taverns and bars, and some bulbs changing hands 10 times in a day.

It's not much of a stretch to fast forward to images of amateur day-traders hunched over PCs and trying to make fast cash on gambling that stock prices will go down at some time in the future.

But the big difference between 1636 and 2008 is that our stock markets, from the Nasdaq to the Nikkei, are heavily involved. And so today's worldwide stock market crash is marked by at least 2 things that distinguish it from the Holland of the 1600s:

1. It's worldwide
2. It's having a big impact on the economy

Could there really be anything good about this? Well, not if you're looking at the situation form a traditional point of view. But the economic view of someone who understands the psyche of the human being and the distortions of society that spring from that psyche can shine a lot of light on the situation. This can help us see what's going on from a new perspective, and can even lead the way to correcting our distrotion and setting society on the right track again.

We've looked at this aspect of the impact of Man's psyche on society in a number of our podcasts, and I encourage you to look through the Thinking with Somebody Else's Head archives for those. I can steer you in the right direction, of course, at

Gilbert Gambucci has been studying Brazilian psychoanalyst Dr. Norberto Keppe's economic viewpoint on all this for the past couple of months and is putting together a blog to explore many of Dr. Keppe's ideas - especially as they relate to society. That blog - featuring great video of Keppe - is at Check it out.

Gilbert joins me today to explore the silver lining behind the crash of the stock market.

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