Psychological methods for integration and interpersonal harmony, in order to enable a society of freedom, respect, and collaboration

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. Welcome to “a language of life,” as Rosenberg called it, with which you can become fluent in “giraffe,” a needs-based consciousness that highly values integration and wholesome connection, which is resourceful and adept at translating “jackal,” the widespread and familiar language of moralistic judgment, into clear observations, guessing feelings and needs, and making specific, doable requests.
A succint overview:
A wonderfully comprehensive document devised by some NVC trainers about achieving more integration of the facets of consciousness:
The Pathways to Liberation Matrix
related info:
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 more detailed and comprehensive sense of our own and others’ behavior and internal patterns, by grokking that the self can comprise various parts at times.
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-assisted psychotherapy
can be the doorway into new realms of insight, understanding, integration, and love. In concert with newfound trust in humans to meet needs without sacrifice (including self-sacrifice), accelerated healing and growing—aka, integration—can happen with the therapeutic use of psychedelics, such as psilocybin. When taken with an informed and attuned mindset in a safe and nurturing setting, invaluable insights can be generated, which can then be integrated over time. The human brain’s default mode network of ordinary consciousness and thought processes becomes interrupted by such potent serotonin agonists, opening up myriad connections to meaningful imagery, thoughts, sensations, and memories about important aspects of one’s life and reality. Further empathetic understanding of emotions and more integration of love, beauty, and compassion can be attained.

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


groups and events…

7. A much-needed transition in organizations to Teal…

The above psychological ideas and processes as well as psychotherapeutic methods and NVC can enable profound integration, which can build trust and foster authentic relating, dissolving age-old hierarchies. When persons have NVC fluency in interpersonal systems, this can foster a new stage of development for organizations, involving self-management, wholeness, and evolutionary purpose. Thus, a new business paradigm of group activity called Teal arises.

The Future of Management Is Teal – Organizations are moving forward along an evolutionary spectrum, toward self-management, wholeness, and a deeper sense of purpose by Frederic Laloux

My useful highlights from Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness by Frederic Laloux


The context of our mortality…
Terror-Management Theory 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]

Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul by Stephen Jenkinson
profound interview…
Stephen Jenkinson – Die Wise: How to Understand the Meaning of Death – Part 1/2 | London Real

Supplemental resources and some insightful Relationship Alive podcast episodes

Own Your Behaviours, Master Your Communication, Determine Your Success | Louise Evans | TEDxGenova