Where the Wild Things Are and Where They Belong, As much as we loved our Parrot, Lulu, we learned a wild bird should not be a pet.
One day as I stepped into the kitchen from my home office I heard my wife calling me, “Bobby.” Still preoccupied with the patient who had just left I mumbled “What.”
And then again she said “Bobby!”
Now exasperated I said “What.”
”I love you.” …And then I knew it was the bird.
Lulu our blue front Amazon parrot had Nancy’s voice. She had Nancy’s laugh. In fact, once they got going (and it didn’t matter who started it) they kept going. Nancy made Lulu laugh which made Nancy laugh which made Lulu laugh, which made me laugh… Continue reading
Reflections on Geel – Schizophrenia is not a Medical Disease. Human beings with schizophrenia do best with care and respect.
Thank you Charles Triance for sending me this beautiful article, “The Geel question, For centuries, a little Belgian town has treated the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful?”, by Mike Jay. He depicts a caring, human environment where individuals with schizophrenia have been taken in by the families of this village for 700 years. They are called boarders and often stay as members of their adopted families for life, where they work on the farms and live as members of the families and community, albeit with their idiosyncrasies.
We have had enlightened periods in our… Continue reading
Nice Book review in the Brandeis Magazine, “Psychotherapy of Character“
Dreaming and Wakefulness in the Theater of the Brain. Everything is a neurological illusion of consciousness
By the time we are three years old the mappings in the limbic-cortex are sufficiently established to create a three dimensional representational play. This is how human consciousness is organized. It is composed of personas, feeling relationships between them, scenarios, plots, set designs and landscape. We can easily see this in dreaming. A dream is a synthetic illusion of a world, created in the theater of the brain. We go into REM sleep five times a night where a play is enacted on the dream stage. Since REM is a complete trance state, the dream hallucination feels real, and there… Continue reading
This is my response to a response to my response to a blog about the neuroscience of addiction and the disease question with a fellow Psychology Today Blogger. Check my initial blog, “Hoffman’s OD, Fallacies of Conventional Neuroscience.”
I appreciate your thoughtful response to my response. I would like to elaborate as well. What is most central to my heart is that all human struggles are human problems and they are not brain diseases. There have always been two tracks in psychiatry – one is that suffering is a human problem, and the other is that it is a… Continue reading
I’m afraid I have to take issue with my Blog colleague Dan Mager in his article “Who Is an Addict?” I have already addressed the disease fallacy in my own blog on Phillip Seymour Hoffman. And I won’t repeat it here. In my view this article is a good example of conventional neuroscience misunderstanding about the brain. And its implications are misleading. He informs us that brain imaging shows ‘physical changes’ in various areas of the brain along with various activated neurotransmitters. This means the brain is ‘changed’ and this is set in stone. The inevitable implication is… Continue reading
The tragic death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman has once again brought drugs back into public consciousness. His death is very sad. Life is precious. This is most pertinent to those who knew him and loved him. That does not include you or me. The only reason we even know about his death is because he was a celebrity. We do not know Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Some anonymous person dies a sordid heroin death just like his every two hours. It is happening right now as I write, and more will have died as you read. His death is not anymore… Continue reading
In this era of plastic surgery, drugs for eternal youth, drugs for virility, drugs for youthful beauty, drugs for a youthful muscular body, drugs for sexual potency, drugs for happiness – where can we turn to learn how to age gracefully.
My guidance comes from Eddie. No, not the protagonist of my book, but who he was named for – our twenty year old long-haired tabby, Eddie. At 97 cat years old, Eddie has been the model of the wisdom of the Desiderata – “Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth”.
Eddie cut a… Continue reading
Thank you Nicholas Kristof for printing Dylan Farrow’s letter in the New York Times, Feb. 1, 2014 “An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow” in response to The Golden Globe’s giving a lifetime achievement award to Woody Allen. It is my opinion that Woody Allen is an incestuous pedophile and I believe Dylan Farrow. In general, I am opposed to psychological commentary on stories in the news because one doesn’t know the story behind the story. I am certainly opposed to false accusations and often defend people when they are the subject of witch hunts. This too is a… Continue reading
No the ‘W.S. Walcott Medicine Show’ has not closed its tent. It has just adapted to the technology of our times and culture. We have an elixir for you. You can have eternal youth, happiness, physical strength, superior intelligence, sexual potency, and no disease. You can be a god. Come buy a bottle!
Our soft drinks, Coca Cola and 7Up, are actually hold overs from its medicine show origins. They are the last vestige of the old tonics. It has gone into amnesia that they were concocted to be medicinal cure-alls. They were sold as the elixir of life. 7up… Continue reading