Therapy, Spirituality, and Mysticism

Therapy, Spirituality, and Mysticism

Read Part 2 Here https://gettherapybirmingham.com/mysticism-spirituality-and-therapy-part-2/ In the medieval period it was common to take pilgrimages to the holy land from mainland Europe. The trip was an opportunity to face one’s fears and learn to know the deepest parts of self. The trip was long and dangerous. The terrain and culture were different from anything that pilgrims had seen back home. Along the way the pilgrims prayed, fasted and sought inner peace to prepare to be close to God. The pilgrimage to...

What Happens to the Eye During a Brainspotting Therapy Session?

What Happens to the Eye During a Brainspotting Therapy Session?

Brainspotting is a revolutionary new therapy for trauma and PTSD. We use many modalities of therapy at Taproot Therapy Collective, but brainspotting is one of the most effective treatments for PTSD and lowering anxiety that I've ever found. when doing brain spotting the therapist looks for a position where your eye blinks and dilates. Many patients wonder what their eye looks like so I created this video to show you what I'm seeing when I do brain spotting on a patient. The eye you see in the video is my own eye...

The Illusion of Progress: How Psychotherapy Lost Its Way

The Illusion of Progress: How Psychotherapy Lost Its Way

Key Points: Psychotherapy is facing an identity and purpose crisis in the era of market-driven healthcare, as depth, nuance, and the therapeutic relationship are being displaced by cost containment, standardization, and mass-reproducibility. This crisis stems from a shift in notions of the self and therapy's aims, shaped by the rise of neoliberal capitalism and consumerism. The "empty self" plagued by inner lack pursues fulfillment through goods, experiences, and attainments. Mainstream psychotherapy largely...

The Relevance of Saul Kripke’s Philosophy for Psychotherapy

The Relevance of Saul Kripke’s Philosophy for Psychotherapy

Who was Saul Kripke Saul Kripke, a philosopher whose influence has reverberated through the intellectual landscape of the 20th century, is a name often associated with groundbreaking work in the philosophy of language, logic, and metaphysics. His ideas, though rooted in the technical intricacies of modal logic and semantics, have a profound reach that extends far beyond the confines of academic philosophy. In this extensive blog post, we will embark on an exploration of how some of Kripke's pivotal concepts, such...

Wittgenstein’s Language Games: A Transformative Approach to Conceptualizing and Healing Psychological Trauma

Wittgenstein’s Language Games: A Transformative Approach to Conceptualizing and Healing Psychological Trauma

What does Ludwig Wittgenstein have to do with Psychology? Ludwig Wittgenstein, a towering figure in 20th-century philosophy, left a profound impact on our understanding of language, meaning, and the human experience. His groundbreaking ideas, particularly those presented in his posthumously published work, "Philosophical Investigations," offer invaluable insights that can be applied to various fields, including psychology and psychotherapy. In this extensive blog post, we will delve into Wittgenstein's unique...

The Anima of the Great Gatsby and the Animus of History

The Anima of the Great Gatsby and the Animus of History

Cultures wax and wane. Empires that seem like part of the cosmos itself fall like gunshot victims into a pool or lines on a bar chart. It is the rare work that can speak to both the sparkle of spectacle and the timeless inevitable real it distracts us from. The Great Gatsby was an immediate success and then forgotten and then rediscovered. It was forgotten because the Jazz age was a, beautiful maybe, but still nearsighted dalliance. Fitzgerald was lumped in with all of the other out of date out of style...

Games, Language, Religion and the Unconscious Mind: Can Games Explain Conciousness?

Games, Language, Religion and the Unconscious Mind: Can Games Explain Conciousness?

  Humans split their own consciousness into the self and the other, enabling objective recognition. -Mamoru Oshii, Director of the Ghost and the Shell. Abstract and Key Points: Games, language, religion, and quantification abilities seem intrinsically linked to core human cognitive structures that likely co-evolved. Chomsky's theories of innate universal grammar parallel the archetypal patterns and symbolic frameworks described by thinkers like Jung, Frazer, and Eliade. Games can be viewed as modes of "play"...

Unraveling Tim Leary’s Groundbreaking Personality Typology System

Unraveling Tim Leary’s Groundbreaking Personality Typology System

Leary's Forgotten Theory of Personality Timothy Leary, a brilliant psychologist, and controversial figure, left an indelible mark on the field of personality psychology. Born in 1920, Leary's life was a tapestry of academic pursuits, unorthodox experiments, and public scandals that often overshadowed his significant contributions to the understanding of the human psyche. Despite his notoriety for his involvement with psychedelic drugs, his work as a CIA informant, and his dramatic prison escape, Leary's...

Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey in Psychotherapy

Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey in Psychotherapy

Confronting the Shadow of Mental Health Challenges The hero's journey is a powerful narrative structure that has shaped storytelling across cultures and throughout history. First articulated by mythologist Joseph Campbell, the hero's journey follows a protagonist's transformative quest to overcome challenges and emerge victorious. This archetypal story arc has profoundly influenced literature, film, and even the practice of psychotherapy, providing a framework for understanding personal growth and the...

Exploring the Psychology of Songwriting with Jefrey Siler

Exploring the Psychology of Songwriting with Jefrey Siler

https://youtu.be/k9hmTuIo1h8 Interview with Jefrey Siler: In a captivating interview on our psychotherapy podcast, singer-songwriter Jefrey Siler gave us a deep dive into his creative process and the psychological underpinnings that shape his music. Siler, whose latest album "Jefininetly" is a testament to his introspective and honest approach, opened up about the importance of vulnerability, authenticity, and staying true to oneself as an artist. One of the central themes that emerged from our conversation was...

Embracing Therapeutic Failures as Opportunities for Growth

Embracing Therapeutic Failures as Opportunities for Growth

An Integrative Psychotherapy Perspective As integrative psychotherapists, we are constantly striving to create meaningful connections with our clients and facilitate positive change in their lives. However, despite our best efforts, there are times when our attempts to connect or promote growth seem to fall short. It's natural to view these moments as failures, but what if we could reframe them as valuable opportunities for learning and self-correction? By adopting a perspective similar to Jean Piaget's...

Exploring Peter Sloterdijk’s  Anthropotechnics and Its Relevance for Psychology

Exploring Peter Sloterdijk’s Anthropotechnics and Its Relevance for Psychology

Who is Peter Sloterdijk Peter Sloterdijk (born 1947) is a prominent German philosopher, cultural theorist, and public intellectual known for his innovative and provocative ideas on a wide range of topics, from globalization and religion to art and technology. His work, which encompasses numerous books, essays, and media appearances, has had a significant impact on contemporary philosophical discourse, particularly in Europe. Sloterdijk's thought is characterized by its interdisciplinary scope, its engagement with...