Stories We Live By

The Stories We Live By

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Retelling our own life stories that are creative and hopeful rather living as victims and in despair.

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Tonight we explore some of the psychological and social meaning behind a news story that tells of a nine year old girl accidently killing a shooting instructor when she lost control of the Uzi machine gun she was firing at a range in Arizona. The child was on vacation with her family when she was brought to a facility that often allows children to act out our collective fantasy to shoot deadly weapons. The range then offers helicopter trips to see the grand canyon. The story is gererally presented in the media as just another tragic accident in the normal, moral life of an American family. We will try and explain why it is normal and moral for children to fire weapons of mass destruction as part of our ongoing dehumanization and zombification.
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In my last broadcast I tried to tie together and retell some stories in the news that were creating terrible anxiety in me. Analyzing my own attempt at self-therapy I realize that I did too much free association and not enough rational integration. I... more

I have been working for several years in a variety of nursing homes, providing psychotherapy to people, who, in one way or another are facing the end of their lives. This has been one of the most difficult and rewarding professional and life... more

I have just returned from a tour of the major cities of Poland, Hungary, Austria and The Czech Republic which included Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna and Prague. My visit to the Polish city of Cracow included a tour of the infamous concentration... more

Today's story is a fantasy. It will outline what I believe is necessary to live a good and meaningful life, agreeing in part with Freud who suggested that mental health is defined by the ability to work, love and play. I suggest that we lose... more

The question before us is how do we create a political system that avoids victimizations as well as idealization and demonization while promoting group cohesiveness and simulataneously respecting and fostering individual... more

Meyer's historical novel details the settling of Texas while Shavit's essay describes the Zionist settling of Israel. Both books are clear eyed attempts at exploring two important historical events free of the idealizations and myths... more

Two earler stories dealing with how we are letting the mental health industry damage our children, as well as our society and the rest of us can be found in my blog talk archives 12/3/2007 and 2/4/2008. This latest chapter is based on... more

We tell stories about our work and our play but rarely think about the difference between the two. Tonight we will define work and play and discover that for some of us we are really playing when we work and working hard when we tell... more

In the Old Testament story of Genesis we are told that God created the whole universe in six days. On the last day he created human beings, supposedly his ultimate creative masterpiece. Sometime later God issued his commandments... more

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