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On the LP we think of the classic psychological defence mechanisms a little differently. While Freud thought of defence mechanisms as something that helped you repress your "disgusting" primitive instinctual urges, and while modern psychology thinks of them as ways to...
The LP model of mental illness – primary and secondary damage, and long term biological adaptions to acute and chronic trauma
The basic LP model of mental “illness”
An examination of the importance of creating a lived environment where all our essential needs are met, using wolves as illustration.
Is being an “alpha” male really something to aspire to? Or is it really about emotional distress and mental illness? Take a page from Davi Mech’s wolf research and find out for yourself.
This week's reading is an article by Martin H. Teicher is a fascinating look at the neurological "damage" caused by child abuse and neglect. In this article, Teicher notes several changes to the hippocampus and amygdala (parts of the limbic system) caused by the...
[spwiki]Connection Experiences[/spwiki] can be small and incremental, but they can also be powerful, transformative, and lead to life-changing outcomes. Psychologists call this “transformational change.” Read all about it in the book Transformational Change
Do medical doctors believe in the healing power of connection? Some don’t but, as this research study shows, some do, and they are starting to look into it.
Are scientists spiritual? Some are, some aren’t. Those that are tend to adopt an Identity Consistent Spirituality that eschews theism but embraces logical, sensible, empirical spirituality.
The LP Medicine Wheel helps you understand that health, well-being, and healing are about more than just your individual self.
Decades of research have provided evidence of the importance of healthy environments to human development and the actualization of human potential. This reading summarizes some of that research.
Chaos, crowding, instability, noise, etc., in the family, community, and school environments is toxic to human development. It undermines health, functioning, and our ability to connect.
Huston Smith was a religious studies scholar in the United States with an interest in Connection Supplements. In this book, he provides a long list of testimonials to the healing and connecting power of Peyote, a Native American Connection Supplement.
Endorphins are the body’s “bliss”/pain chemicals and learning about them is important if you want to heal and live a happy and connected life.
Here are some articles on the healing and connecting properties of LSD, psilocybin, and other Connection Supplements of longer duration and deeper penetration. Feel free to suggest resources in the comments section.
There is a great book by Alfi Kohn entitled No Contest: The Case Against Competition. This reading, linked below, is a summary of the basic argument of that book.
It is an established fact of human development that there are sensitive periods during which the human is more susceptible to damage caused by stress. Indeed, it is a well established biological fact that stress messes all life forms up. Even worms are susceptible. I...
What is toxic socialization? Violence and neglect of our children. What are its consequences? Read about the damaging effects in this powerful article by Mike Sosteric.
Here is a short little article from an Asian newspaper that reports on ten years worth of research at Minnesota's Jane Goodall Institute Center for Primate Studies. This study shows that "alphas" are not typically the "bully type," but in fact use multiple...
What’s wrong with the world today? Lots of different things, that’s true, but addiction to money is at the center. Addiction to money distorts human society and destroys human life. It’s time to wake up and get some help.
An article about healing and awakening. If you’re a typical “alpha type,” and if you use concepts like “alpha male” to justify and normalize your behaviour, you may need to rethink your self-image. Alpha is not healthy behavior. It is pathology rooted in childhood and environmental trauma.
In this article, we look at “alpha behaviour” and call it for what it arguably is, dysfunctional and toxic psychopathology. The cure, or at least a first direction towards a cure, is simple. Replace unnatural all-male, and all-female, social structures with strong, healthy attachments within functional, “wolf-pack” families.
Priests and some scientists tell us we are evil and savage inside. There is a Freudian Id, and Jungian shadow, a primitive cheap and “damn dirty ape.” But recent science shows that, contrary to ideology, humans are in fact born to be good. The problem is it is beaten out of us and suppressed.
What does it mean to be human? Maslow’s Hierarchies of Need: A manifesto for truth and a call for transformation
What does it mean to be human? Abraham Maslow had some ideas about that. He thought that to be human we needed to be fed, safe, loved, nurtured, self-actualized, and “connected.” He also said you have to know and understand the truth.
The Child Empath As children, we are all naturally empathic. As children, we are all highly sensitive to the environment and empathic to life around us. The problem for us all is that, as we grow up, a toxic and violent "system" beats the empathy out of us and we...
Empaths can have a lot of trouble in our modern, toxic world. Here is some advice and suggestions for those of you who are married to empathic persons.
What causes physical, emotional, and mental illness? In a word, . The damage from toxic socialization is profound, and can range form "simply" psychology, to profound disconnection, to taking one's own life. In this article written for...
Here is an article about the therapeutic efficacy of cannabis, from the magazine Psychology Today. This article was published in 2013, but as I write these words, it is old news by now. Since this has been written, we know a lot more about the miraculous healing magic of this remarkable, easy to grow, plant.
A peak experience is another name for a Connection Experience. This article by Abraham Maslow explores the nature and prevalence of these secular connection experiences
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