Improving Mental Health

‘We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.’ Anaïs Nin

Review by Grady Harp

New York’s Chief Psychiatrist Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the nation’s largest state mental health system, an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health, and has been Medical Director and Executive Vice President of McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, a Harvard teaching hospital, and Director of the Division of Clinical Services for the American Psychiatric Association. His contributions to his field and to the community at large have been rewarded by the American Psychiatric Association (Psychiatric Administrator of the Year), Scholar-in-Residence grant by the Rockefeller Foundation and an Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He has published books for both professional and lay audiences in addition to many articles in medical journals and non-medical publications like TheAtlantic.com, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Commonweal Magazine, and Psychology Today. He is Medical Editor for Mental Health for the Huffington Post and Contributing Writer to US News & World Report. Continue reading

War of the Ancient Dragon

“A testament to the healing capacities of the imagination, the humble “star in man” that connects us to the unconscious: to unknown and unexpected developments in ourselves.” says Literary Aficionado

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War of the Ancient Dragon: Transformation of Violence in Sandplay
by Laurel A. Howe

Six-year-old Randy conducts bloody wars in the sandtray, calling them “World War One,” “World War Two,” and “The War of the Ancient Dragon.” He burns fires and bombs helpless victims, killing some and saving others. What could possibly be going on in his imagination?

The contents of his imagination—what the alchemists call the “realm of subtle bodies”—are revealed in his sandplay from one session to the next, and there we see the raw, autonomous dynamism that motivates Randy, already branded a bully and nearly expelled from first grade. We see fiery, destructive conflict, part his, part his culture’s, part lived, part projected, a conflict of archetypal opposites that engulf Randy’s personality and fuel his violent behavior.

But also from Randy’s imaginal world, out of the very war between opposites that drives him, the unknown third possibility unfolds. Continue reading

Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul

‘inside and outside, the psyche and the world’ – The legacy of Carl Jung

Review by Grady Harp

Claire Dunne has produced what many of us will consider the definitive biography of the great Carl Jung. Yes, we all studied Jungian thought in college and many books have been written about the influence of Carl Jung on our psyches and our world vision, but few take us through this important man’s life and contributions accompanied by art on every page that makes Jung’s though lines visual. Paintings by diverse artists, famous and legendary and unknown and anonymous, allow a different entry in to the wonders of Jung’s contributions.

Why no one has thought of this technique of communication before now seems strange, so powerful is the combination of Claire’s writing coupled with the painting and woodblocks and drawings and symbols she has elected to illustrate her points. This is a book to treasure and one to offer young students curious about the development of psychology and worldview in the early years of their education. Simply put, this book is an award worthy volume that deserves a very large audience who are curious about the impact of one of the greatest minds of our culture. Highly Recommended on every level. Grady Harp, November 15

TITLE: Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul
AUTHOR: Claire Dunne
PUBLISHER: Watkins
ISBN: 978-1-78028-831-4

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The Orphan

Reviewed by Dyane Sherwood

In The Orphan: A Journey to Wholeness, Audrey Punnett has brought this powerful topic to our attention in a thoughtful and multifaceted book that is engaging, carefully researched, and clearly written. As a Jungian analyst, she concerns herself with the effects on individuals of losing a parent in childhood and with the universal questions of the Orphan in each of us—that is, the underdeveloped aspects of our personalities that have lacked the nurturing, structure, and sense of security that they have needed to grow.

In her opening chapters, Dr. Punnett recounts the way the theme of the orphan seemed to find her, rather than her consciously seeking it out, after she had moved alone to Zurich to enter analytic training. Throughout, one can sense her deep empathy with the loneliness of the parentless child. Continue reading

The Metrics of Human Consciousness

How consciousness evolved

Review by Grady Harp

Author Richard Barrett is recognized around the world as a thought leader on values, culture and leader ship in business and society. As Founder and Chairman of the Barrett Values Centre he has published six important books and now distills much of he wisdom he imparted in those book in this thin but valuable volume. He is a Fellow of the World Business Academy, a Member of the Wisdom council of the Venter for Integral Wisdom, an Honorary Board Member of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, and a Former Values Coordinator at the World Bank.

Barrett’s sensitive discussion of the methods of measuring human consciousness concerns the steps in a ladder that matches Stages with Levels. Continue reading