Disclaimer

I started writing  Pennsylvania Echoes  because I wanted to improve my grammar.  I chose meditation, mindfulness and how they apply to my daily life, as the blog’s subject matter.  Writing about Mental Health Management has received the most appreciation.
My world- view will not cure mental disorder. but I cannot separate my world view entirely from management or my great concerns for Mental Health.  So I must present my thoughts, and tips on “Mental Wellness” in my own way and from my own experience–  if I am to be honest.
Any information you find is meaningful is presented as is.  There is no Warranty. Too bad I can’t cure my bad grammar.
Enjoy.
–Chris

Cognitive Distortions and Thinking Errors of CBT (revisited)

-CBT perspective –– learning to spot intrusiveness in thought[cognitive] processes:

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Cognitive Distortions  is just another term  for “Thought Errors” or “Thinking Errors”.   A common strategy  for a client of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, for mood disorder (including depression), anxiety disorder and emotional management,  is  to:   “Catch”, and then “Correct”   Cognitive Distortions, aka  “Thinking Errors” or  ” Thought errors”,  before they trigger more intrusive thoughts, moods or actions.

Thought Errors are usually described as   thought in  symbols and verbal language, that are  irrational and self-defeating, and that lead to intrusions in ones life.  Because clients seeking Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (C.B.T.)  are often hypersensitive to judgment and self-judgement , cognitive distortion maybe the preferred wordage to Errors.  The jargon  is   descriptive rather than definitive of processes,  with the purpose of overall treatment.

An common Example of   Cognitive  Distortion is:

“I’m going to the a meeting today.  I’m sure that its going to be a disaster.  What If I lose…

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Broken Continuum


On Obsession and the Rat Man Case – Jacques Lacan

Broken Continuum

From reading Perls and practising self therapy, I infer:
that the Ratman  is the underdog of a broken self  gestalt continuum [a natural top dog/ underdog integration]; the obsession on serving imaginary Hero or Authority ,is that sense authority has lost of his “whole-self”.
His severe lack of self esteem is projected or transposed, by ritual to esteeming an imaginary other.

As I interpret and infer, this routine, if intruding to his life: is an impeding disturbance at contact boundary
What the Ratman is projecting is of a wounded and buried Esteem, that serves in place of  Top dog or Authority over his day to day polarity and choices. this ritual may manifest its self at times as obsessive.

Apex and Servant

An alarming personal Dynamic is being promoted around the world, beyond the world of consensual relationships..
I call it  – Aphex and servant-, and it can shatter a person wholeness…
For those who find themselves in this predicament, I encourage them abandon their projection, and seek wholeness..
re-establish a healthy esteem to experience healthy daily top-dog /underdog polarities in their Being.

Elyn Saks shares about schizophrenia on TED

Elyn Saks Consumer & Manager of Mental Disorder —

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Elyn Saks is a professor of law, psychology, psychiatry, and Behavior Science. She was a student at Yale university, an Author, and is regarded as an expert in Mental Health Law. She is also Diagnosed with chronic Schizophrenia, A very serious mental health disorder.
This is a lecture on TED: her experiences and, journal entries while dealing with schizophrenia.

Video:

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Lacan

With much emphasis on “mirrors” in social media these days, I thought of Jacques Lacan.
Lacan did not write large volumes on his work in psychotherapy —
In fact :  he resisted writing.   Jacques Lacan’s focus was on real time dialogue.   It was his belief that the real meanings of a client psych, pertaining to therapy, revealed themselves in client-therapy dialogue.
A clients motives, intentions, and associations can be interpreted in the context of linguists chosen of that moment — interpreted by a trained- psychoanalyst.

Here is a good introduction to the linguistically and analytical concepts of
Jacques Lacan:

Ego and Phenomenology

a crucial one in Lacan’s eyes, is that the ego is an object rather than a subject. In other words, the ego, despite conscious senses to the contrary, is not a locus of autonomous agency, the seat of a free, true “I” determining its own fate.
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/lacan/

Lacan’s “I” differs from much of the first person phenomenology  I rattle on about here because much of what is Written on Pennsylvania Echoes is about Zen and self therapy for Wellness and Day to day work.

Lacan created his “phenomenological other” or “phenomenological third” as a metaphor of an abstract observer in the client-annalist-session continuum (Gestalt)

  • Some therapist, including  Gestalt  allow or encourage the taping of a session.
    One can do this in there own self therapies, such as
  • talk,
  • real time journaling
  • or with alone with a Mirror –

In this regard, the viewer of the session later– fills the role of phenomenological third … but in a fresh new objective circumstance.
this type of “heuristics ” allows for further analysis of process and/or tenants
of the taped client-therapist session or self therapy session.

Ego and the Mirror

Lacan theorized that children develop a sense of self,
-that is academically constructed “Ego”–
by comparing this development to the outside world, as if looking into a mirror.
Experienced during the so called “Mirror stage” is a constant of depthless superficial reflections. This includes dreams sensations, and desires.

within this infant “Mirror stage” of dependency on parents –
the child experiences narcissistic (conquering), confident, curious and helpless tensions that bind an integrated sensation of a whole self or “me”.

My Thoughts on Lacan’s Mirror Metaphor

The fast pace of today’s technology filled world, overmarketing and growing violence can leave one feeling as if he is fragmented , fake , narcissistic….
or depend on to many things – or people. Some describe themselves as lost inside the reflection of a mirror or conforming to fit a vision of an outside world that doesn’t even seem real to them anymore.
I don’t think it needs to be this way for those who chose to find an integrated self/other and confident self/other sense self-autonomy.

questioning what do I have control of ; what ought I control; and what controls me… It really comes down to:

  • Deciding (decision making),
  • Esteem (ethics to prioritize compare decisions )
  • and Wholeness (Oneness in deciding , acting , and sensing )

Its to let go of the mirror, little by little, and experience the world more as a lens. This requires, at times a first, second and third point of view.

Be a lens and less a mirror
peace.!

Understanding Others for Career Choices

After Visiting the Library  I found a great book for young old––
for   plotting  future career considerations:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/carreer.jpg?w=351&h=264

Career- graphic guide to finding the perfect.. (DM publishing)

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I decided to make my mindmap  (A note and brainstorming tool)
using page 10:

Understanding Yourself

mindmaps are a great tool   for  brainstorming or general notes––
all you really need is a pencil and paper.
I used  Freeplane  software  in this case. (note: freeplane requires Java)

Here is my map:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/understanding-yourself1-pennsylvania-echoes.jpg

Understanding yourself: for Careers

 

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Outline Form:

 

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/understanding-yourself-freeplace-pennsylvania.jpg

Understanding Yourself- Career Paths  outline form (Freeplane)

click here shows an outline in text

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Good luck on your own Career choices

White Cloud, Blue Mountain, and Zen

from Shunryu Suzuki {Zen Mind, Beginners mind} — forward & still ~

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“The blue mountain is the father of the white cloud. The white cloud is the son of the blue mountain. All day long they depend on each other, without becoming dependent on each other. The white cloud is always the white cloud. The blue mountain is always the blue mountain.”

Tozan, translated by Shunryu Suzuki (Zen Mind, Beginners mind.)

While Western thinkers debated through the centuries about  free will and determinism. the Zen mind found in him self  a fluid process, a relatively self autonomous being yet still interconnected to and affect by the otherness around him, embedded in his present circumstance. Always influencing and being influenced by ‘otherness” of  his world  still He is He.
A subject is a subject and his/her otherness is otherness, Yet they interconnected while being neither completely independent or dependent.

The organism and the field
breather and air
the teacher and the student
The…

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On Save A Robin Chick

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Sometimes young healthy baby birds are blown out of their nests by weather before. they have learn how to fly.
Typical of most bird species, the parents will continue to feed the youngster until it can be coached back to the nest —
As long as the parental bird feels safe her/him self.
 
Stranded on the ground, A young chick is exposed to weather, fatigue, and predators.
He can be safely moved to shelter — a make shift nest – elevated from where the neighbourhood cats play.
 

  • Simply Spot a bush or a shrub nearby where the grounded youngster is located.
  • Shredded newspapers is surprisingly good insulation for a makeshift shelter.
  • Garden gloves are preferred when handling a young chick, for its safety as well as its own.
  • As long as the baby bird and the parents are healthy, The parents will continue to feed, until the refugeed youngster can coached back to the next.

 
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this rescue had a happy ending. After rest and food he returned to his nest in two days.
I ask for nothing in return for my efforts.

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