Sunday, January 31, 2010

Popping the Positive Thinking Bubble

As a few at the top have been raking in the dough in America, the rest of us have been struggling. Offically "low-wage" familes are increasing in number significantly. While the 1% at the top end is springing for $175.00 gold dusted hamburgers at the Wall Street Burger Shop, the rest of us just feel squeezed.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Popping the Positive Thinking Bubble.

Yes, we're coming at this positive thinking thing again because I feel strongly that there is something in our culture of positive thinking that has led us astray. And I think that's been borne out when we just look around us at the society we've created.

We have children who've been uber-stroked with compliments heading into the workforce and completely incapable of coping with criticism, up-in-the-cloud investment experts who demanded only positive financial analysis and perspectives and thereby stayed blind to the dangerously inflated investment instruments that were poised to collapse all around our ears, we have U.S. Fed and Treasury experts being blindsided by the greed and selfishness on Wall Street that they didn't want to see.

Well, Norberto Keppe's science of Analytical Trilogy allows us to understand how all this could happen by putting us in touch with the roots of our human psychopathology that leads to all this, and that our dogma of positive thinking blocks us from seeing. So I'd like to explore this a little more today with my colleague, Susan Berkley.

But before we do that, a reminder about our World Psycho-Social Forum coming up in Brazil May 13-15, 2010. Love to have you join us for that. It would be good to let you know more about this intriguing forum, so you can write me for any more information you'd like ... and I'll make sure you're completely up to speed.

And one more thing - I've been doing a lot of work with my good friend and Thinking with Somebody Else's Head supporter, Will LaJeunesse, on our Healing Through Consciousness site. This is the call-in psychological program and podcast I do with psychoanalyst, Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco. We've got a lot of interesting resource material on that site about Analytical Trilogy, so feel free to check it out. Let me know what you think.

Now, let's pop the positive thinking bubble.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Downside of Being Up

We see the legacy of its long history in the trend of magical thinking. Ask for it, believe in it, receive it - the mantra for getting what you want.

And woe betide you if you fail to follow its sunny side up paradigm. Then you can be hit with a double whammy - problems because you weren't positive and guilt on top of that.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, the Downside of Being Up.

Well, we're striking into the core of one of the foundational pillars of the American way of life today. We're weaned on positive thinking from the time we're in our mothers' wombs. We're praised and coddled and told we can do anything. We're reminded to use smiles as umbrellas and exhorted to make lemonade with the lemons life deals us.

Positive thinking, or the importance of it anyway, comes as natural to us as breathing. And it's a tricky thing, because it seems so right. But it can lead us to something so wrong.

Positive thinking is based on the premise that human beings have wonderfully good intentions, and for those occasional hiccups that occur during our gilded steps along the yellow brick road leading to happy ever after, we just need to re-frame our thinking and we'll be back up on our feet and heading in the right direction again faster than you can say "think and grow rich."

But there's a dark cloud moving over the sunny side of the street. Americans, for all their training and encouragement to think positively, are not very happy people. A recent analysis of over 100 happiness surveys worldwide found Americans mired in 23rd place among developed nations. The Happy Planet Index puts the U.S. in 150th place worldwide. Americans are #1 in anti-depressants, they have more kids on Prozac and Ridalin than anyone in the world and pessimism about economic recovery is high, too.

What's going on? Well, we can turn to the study of psychology for some clues. According to the leading-edge research emerging from Norberto Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy in São Paulo, Brazil, the basic premise that we're well intentioned and good hearted people who occasionally screw up is being challenged. Exhausive clinical research and practical testing have shown a darker underbelly to the human psyche. And that is that we are much more pathological than that. We actually have many more desires against our development and happiness than we have believed or perceived, and positive thinking only serves to slip a thin veneer over this deeper trouble, and so only covers for a little while. Like painting over a water mark in the ceiling, the leak behind continues unaffected, causing more damage than if we'd gone to the problem in the first place.

So it is with our psyches. And real understanding of this is well documented in Norberto Keppe's vast body of work. Our Trilogy portal offers a door into all of this if you're interested in exploring more. And I would highly recommend that.

And all of Keppe's extraordinary work will be laid out from March 12 - 15, 2010 at our World Forum on psycho-socio-pathology, along with some planetary solutions, and I encourage you to get on my mailing list for updates on that.

Today, professional broadcaster, Susan Berkley, joins me for what is not our first kick at the positive thinking can, but I feel it's very important to tackle this again.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, The Downside of Being Up.

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