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Empowering the Self: The Deep Exploratory Mission of Kathleen Kanavos

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Kathleen Kanavos is on a mission to save lives one person at a time. She does so by teaching them how to self advocate in the face of opposition while standing in their power and speaking their truth, something she learned the hard way when she knew from dreams that she had breast cancer even though the physician's mammograms weren't recording it. She is author of Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing.

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As she so beautifully states: "Listen to your Inner Guidance & Physician-within. We are made up of so much more than Id, Ego & Super Ego."

The Id, Ego and Super Ego are terms referring to psychiatrist Sigmund Freud's thesis that people had 3 primary states of mind. These are defined by Wikipedia as follows:

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Id, ego, and super-ego are the three parts of the psychic apparatus defined in Sigmund Freud's structural model of the psyche. These are the three theoretical constructs in terms of whose activity and interaction our mental life is described. According to this model of the psyche, the id is the set of uncoordinated instinctual trends; the super-ego plays the critical and moralizing role; and the ego is the organized, realistic part that mediates between the desires of the id and the super-ego. The super-ego can stop one from doing certain things that one's id may want to do.

In my view, Kathleen's critique of Freud is correct. We are much more than what he states. Freud's view was that of a scientific reductionist and dualist (i.e., a this vs that mentality) that saw the human psyche as being more of a warring mechanistic machine entailing the Id vs Super Ego with the Ego as referee.

Indeed, I would argue that Freud's stormy analysis was due to a conditioning brought on by a culture that was war centered and was horrible about being open about sexuality. Thus, his model had a warring mind in a warring body that was raised in a warring culture that suppressed love.

A simple explanation to Freud's thesis is that the ego is the "mediator" between the super ego and the id. To use an example, the super ego is more like the face you put on when attending Sunday school. Yes, you have your hair combed real pretty and your hands are properly placed on your lap so the Priest doesn't see that you are in love with the cute girl sitting next to you. Meanwhile the id has your hair messed up, and has probably had a couple of swigs of rye whisky while also playing with himself underneath a newspaper. This mischievous fellow would also be caught pinching the backside of the girl next to him just to watch the drama unfold. Meanwhile, he would be giving the proverbial finger to the man on stage.

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Here I am picking on Freud. But having worked in the field, I would proclaim that pretty much the majority of psychology is mistaken. Indeed, I believe the best analysis of human mental health is Eric Fromm's idea that we Escape from Freedom, which is the title to a book he wrote . Fromm had all the right in the world to write this book since he was in a Nazi concentration camp in the 40's.

Are we escaping freedom today with our increase of power and control by the corporations? Some of these corporations are reported to have supported the Nazis back in the 40's (e.g.., the Rothchild family, Prescott Sheldon Bush, father to the current day George Bush and Grandfather to the younger Bush. Isn't this family affair speaking to a feudal rule i.e., maintaining power within the family?)

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Burl Hall is a retired counselor who is living in a Senior Citizen Housing apartment. Burl has one book to his credit, titled "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal our Wounded Nature." For more information, search the book on Amazon. (more...)

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