Archive for the ‘ Self Psychology ’ Category


Monday, July 22nd, 2019

To Carl Jung, the characters, events, and narratives described in the Bible and other primary source material such as Greek Mythology serve an Archetypal function. Archetypal images are more than historical occurrences, but serve as templates that drive subsequent patterns, functioning like D.N.A. prototypes for complex schemas that are hard-wired into creation. Archetypal forces predict Read more…


Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

I have described “Anomie” as a state of rapid deculturation observed among indigenous populations in North America subjected to rapid Westernization with the simultaneous removal of normative social-guidelines and normative behaviors that had evolved over generations, creating a sense of individual meaning, social cohesion, and a predictable social-habitat, so crucial to the development of sense-of meaning, empathy, sense-of-belonging, personal location, role, and hope for the future.

Creating a Therapeutic Narrative

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Jane`s nights are so fretful because as a single young woman she you remains “un-soothed”
Responding to victims of long-term deprivation and early object-loss by showing companionship and verbal validation can succeed in providing a temporary “holding-environment” to compensate for their poorly developed self-soothing skills by conjuring-up any early nurturing experiences that they did have.
What I have found, (and this is supported by the literature) is that having at least one “Good Caretaker” experience during the early “formative” years is crucial in allowing them to be responsive to a variety of brief empathic responses. This evokes early recollections of having been soothed, allowing them to ride-out these wilderness crises.

Messiah’s Light Explained

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

While the concept of “Revelation” appears obtuse, abstract, and an ethereal dream to most, Maimonides (the Rambam) brings it both as A Positive Mitzvah in the Book of Judges, in the section “The Laws of Kings and their Wars”; as well as one of the Fundamental Principles of Jewish Faith (Ikkarim).

Meeting between Rabbi Drazen and the Rebbe of Lubavitch leading to the publication of the "Divine Code": The Template for a Universal Ethical Code of Justice

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Ancient Hindu Scripture argues that Law is a crucial feature of the Creation of the Universe. “Dharma`s Law is the Power of Powers”. There is nothing Higher than The Law. Thenceforth even a weak man rules a stronger with the help of the Law, as with the help of a King (Robert Ballou, editor, The Bible of the World. New York: Viking Press, 1939, pg. 41).

Type – I and Type – II Trauma Models

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Type I Trauma responses relate to a single terrifying event, often shocking or catastrophic, and usually totally unanticipated. Survivors of these events may suffer a wide array of symptoms, including intense fear, or even dissociation, where the individual’s awareness and ability to engage psychologically in the present is usurped by traumatic material or defenses. The Read more…

The Tripartite Theory of Trauma Psychological

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The Tripartite Theory of psychological Trauma proposes that the dynamics in which trauma plays out should be broadened to include the role of derelict caretaker-functioning; which completes a dynamic triad to that of victim-predator-caretaker.
When a parent or other caretaker (including a government) fails to protect the potential victim, leading to a trauma occurrence. When domestic or political caretakers collude with or emulate the role of the predator , the delicate balance required for communal survival is disrupted. While media-attention tends to focus on the drama of particular trauma-events, the role of caretaker failure remains elusive despite its role being the most critical variable.

Early Childhood Development: The “Good Caretaker” and Long-Term Behavioral Adaptations

Friday, May 17th, 2013

 Early Childhood Development: The “Good Caretaker” and Long-Term Behavioral Adaptations   From a trauma perspective, a variety of models are pertinent in explaining the risk of PTSD. These include developmental theory, attachment theory, and the resource model. The resource model is particularly relevant in natural disasters and war violence involving death or disappearance of parents. Read more…

Disorders of the Self

Friday, May 17th, 2013

As the field of developmental psychology evolved, an account of how a formless infant differentiates into a healthy, autonomous, self-regulating entity became crucial to developmental theorists (Greenacre, P. “Early Determinants in the Development of the Sense of Identity.” Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 1958). For an individual to achieve inner well-being, he or she Read more…