Psychological methods for integration and interpersonal harmony, in order to enable a society of freedom and respect.
Fostering well-regulated limbic systems…
BRIE (Balance, Resilience, Insight, Empathy)
Talk therapy can take us only so far, but how far?
1. Self-esteem principles can reestablish self-trust and self-worth (relating back to philosophy, particularly ethics).
The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem: The Definitive Work on Self-Esteem by the Leading Pioneer in the Field
by Nathaniel Branden
Living Consciously, Self-Acceptance, Self-Responsibility, Self-Assertiveness, Living Purposefully, Personal Integrity
260: The Practice of Living Consciously (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 1)
262: The Practice of Self-Acceptance (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 2)
266: The Practice of Self-Responsibility (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 3)
268: The Practice of Self-Assertiveness (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 4)
271: The Practice of Living Purposefully (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 5)
273: The Practice of Living With Integrity (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 6)
276: Nurturing A Child’s Self-Esteem (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 7)
282: Self-Esteem In the Schools (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 8)
[PODCAST] #441: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem – (Part 1) The Best Year Ever
[PODCAST] #443: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem – (Part 2) How Self-Knowledge Fosters Self-Education and Individualism
[PODCAST] #444: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem (Part 3) Obstacles to Motivation – Domination Systems and the Kluge Brain
[PODCAST] #445: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem (Part 4) Reparenting and Self-Integration
I also posted the 8-part self-esteem series with Brett on my Complete Liberty podcast, which includes audio clips of Branden:
2. Nonviolent (or compassionate or connected) Communication (NVC) can be transformational, both internally and interpersonally.
Scroll down on the following extensive page for lots of helpful NVC resources:
3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help us recognize and challenge various patterns of distorted thinking, or cognitive and emotional biases.
The work and podcast of David Burns
4. Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy can help us make sense of our own and others’ behavior and internal patterns.
helpful set of resources…
short-form series on the various “inner-critic” parts…
5. Somatic Experiencing can help us reconfigure implicit (i.e., emotional and procedural) memories of traumatizing experiences and transform costly strategies.
The Body Keeps The Score, and in what way?
354: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience (Part 1 – Introduction)
355: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience (Part 2 – Our Scores, Questions 1-4)
356: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience (Part 3 – Our Scores, Questions 5-10)
357: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience (Part 4 – Acknowledgement, Acceptance, Action)
359: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience (Part 5 – Elephant In the Room)
Trauma And Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory by Peter Levine
Choice quote about how healing can happen via Levine’s Somatic Experiencing (SE) process:
“When we are able to ‘look back’ at a traumatic memory from an empowered stance, the recollection will be updated as though this agency had been available and fully functional at the time of the original trauma. This newly reconsolidated experience then becomes the new updated memory where the (empowered) present somatic experience profoundly alters the (past) memory. _These emerging resources become the bridging of past and present—the ‘remembered present’_. This memory updating in no way takes away from the truth that a particular traumatizing event really did happen, that it caused egregious harm, and that grief and outrage may be significant components to restoring dignity and a deep honoring of the Self. From this present-based platform of self-compassion, the memories can gradually be softened, reshaped, and rewoven into the fabric of one’s identity. This brings to mind the ancient Japanese tradition of repairing broken porcelain antiquities by reuniting the fragments with seams of gold. The repair of the shattered pieces renders exquisitely transformed works of art, just as healing the wounds of trauma gives rise to the natural world of ebb and flow, where empowerment, harmony, self-compassion, and dignity are restored. What could be more beautiful and more valuable?” Trauma And Memory by Peter Levine 2015
6. Psychedelic psychotherapy can be the doorway into new realms of insight, understanding, integration, and love.
Amanda Fielding – The Beckley Foundation
Changing Our Minds: Psychedelic sacraments and the new psychotherapy
by Don Lattin
How to Change Your Mind: What the new science of psychedelics teaches us about consciousness, dying, addiction, depression, and transcendence
by Michael Pollan
The eternal context…
Terror-Management Theory, which explains a lot of beliefs and behaviors…
The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life by Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg, Tom Pyszcynski
Flight from Death [pt 1]
Flight from Death [pt 2]
Supplemental resources and some insightful Relationship Alive podcast episodes
Own Your Behaviours, Master Your Communication, Determine Your Success | Louise Evans | TEDxGenova