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Peter Michaelson is an author, blogger, and psychotherapist in Plymouth, MI. He believes that better understanding of depth psychology reduces the fear, passivity, and denial of citizens, making us more capable of maintaining and growing our democracy while flourishing in our personal life.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Tormented Mothers, Endangered Babies
Thousands of mothers are plagued on a daily basis by intrusive thoughts in which they imagine or see themselves doing harm to their children. Scientists attribute such maternal mental health problems to an interplay of genes, stress, hormones, and disrupted brain chemistry. But these experts are failing to see or appreciate the role that inner conflict plays in creating this mental and emotional suffering.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 7, 2014 Stressed Out in America
Some stress is unavoidable, of course, given life's many challenges. Yet stress is also produced unwittingly within us, often to a degree that becomes quite painful.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 28, 2014 Four Steps to Stifle Our Inner Critic
The inner critic produces much of humanity's anxiety, fear, and depression. It can operate inside us like a cruel aggressive tyrant whose intent is to rule our life. Subduing or taming it can be the most heroic thing we ever do.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, February 7, 2014 Cognitive Therapy's Distorted Thinking
Students aren't getting their money's worth from a widely used, very expensive psychology textbook. The results could be devastating down the road for mental-health treatment.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, January 31, 2014 Indecisive No More
There's something important that chronically indecisive people need to understand: They're not actually interested in making a decision. . . Read on for the explanation.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 13, 2013 Free Yourself from Inner Conflict
People tend to think inner conflict is about making a difficult conscious decision. According to conventional thinking, that decision can range from choosing a style of shoes to more serious considerations such as a career move to another city or the compromise of one's integrity over an ethical issue. But much more significant are the unconscious varieties of inner conflict.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 6, 2013 Curbing Our Appetite for Brutality
How do we acquire greatness? Mandela's power to do good was rooted in his charisma and love. If we are to be liberators like him, we presumably have to shed our negativity, fear, anger, malice, and violent instincts. We have to liberate our self from the darkness within.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 22, 2013 How Worriers Unconsciously Chose to Suffer
Worriers "play" a game of self-deceit. They think their worries are appropriate, but they have a hidden reason for their worries: They're making an inner choice to entertain or recycle old unresolved negative emotions.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 12, 2013 Haters of Barack Obama and Malala Yousafzai
Hateful people hang out in the company of a tenacious trio: denial, resistance, and willful ignorance. They cling to their limited sense of self, embrace the status-quo, and stifle their own inner growth. They are inclined to dislike if not hate anyone who, unlike them, is not suffocating from closed minds and hearts.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, June 17, 2013 The Love Song of the Self
For our purposes, the precise nature of the self is not the main concern. What really matters is our experience of being that self. Is the experience pleasant or unpleasant? To what degree does that experience help us in regulating our emotions and behaviors? As we connect more with this self, we feel more pleasure in the simple fact of our existence.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Finding Inner Longitude
A growing number of scientists believe that psychiatry needs an entirely new paradigm for understanding mental and emotional health, though they can't say what that new knowledge and system would look like. Here's something for them and all of us to consider.
(202 comments) SHARE Monday, May 6, 2013 Rebutting 9/11 Conspiracy Beliefs
Legions of people around the world still cling to the belief that powerful individuals in the United States government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. More than ever, we need to discern what's real and true about the events and circumstances of modern life. Unresolved emotions can clutter our mind, obstructing access to objectivity and wisdom.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 29, 2013 Achieving Inner Freedom
People who have achieved substantial political freedom can still be sorely lacking in psychological freedom. We're likely to feel like prisoners of fate when emotional conflicts limit our creativity and potential.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, April 22, 2013 The Mysterious Allure of Kinky Sex
Kinky sex in a playful setting doesn't have to be a big deal in itself, providing one can take it or leave it. But behind the scenes, deep in our psyche, sexual arousal that is sadistically or masochistically produced tells a remarkable story about human nature.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 15, 2013 Hooked on Deprivation
People who are lacking in generosity are likely to be entangled to some degree in emotional conflict. That conflict produces negative emotions that shut down the impulse to be generous. Conversely, people who are being generous are less burdened, at least in that moment, by the inner conflict and resulting negative emotions that plague our psyche.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 1, 2013 Men's Resistance to Women's Empowerment
Women are up against two forms of oppression: first, the oppression from men and the patriarchal order, and, second, the oppression they inflict upon themselves in the form of self-doubt and self-denial. (This post deals with the first oppression, and a later post will deal with the second.)
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, March 18, 2013 The Missing Link in OCD
Experts attribute obsessive-compulsive disorder to various sources such as genetic factors and dysfunctional brain processes, as well as allergies and other sensory problems that produce anxiety and stress. Yet a common cause of OCD--inner passivity in the human psyche--is hardly ever mentioned. The fingerprint of inner passivity can be found on all the common expressions of OCD.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, March 4, 2013 A Hidden Reason for Suicidal Thoughts
An inner weakness in our psyche, one that goes largely undetected, produces the tendency in some people to collapse into helplessness. This weakness is sometimes felt quite acutely even by people coping with just everyday routine matters. We don't need to be facing life-or-death situations to experience this debilitating weakness.