PSYCHOLOGY - Social Psychology
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In 1967 a discovery occurred that this book contends was the greatest discovery mankind ever made or, will ever make. That discovery led to the formulation of a theory laid out in brief in this book in Part 1. In so doing it defines, for the very first time in the history of mankind, neurosis and contends that if this theory is valid then the consequences for mankind are enormous.
Part II starts by looking at the subconscious minds and then goes on to postulate the nature of thinking, based on the evolution of language - the beginnings of civilization. Benjamin Lee Whorf in 1941, suggested that we think in our language. That language evolved, suggests that thinking is not innate to us humans but rather is a factor of our neurosis - our disease.
Part II then continues, by implication, to "fell the pillars of civilization", suggesting that civilization is a factor of our neurosis; having only been around for, at most, 10 millennia, whereas mankind has been around for about 100 millennia. The subsequent chapters are thus "slaughtering many sacred cows".
Part III suggest how we might regain our 'feeling-full selves--the antithesis of neurosis--by some understanding of our nature, not our behavior which is all we've had prior to this discovery, and how we could transition out of our neurosis. It is a very profound and thought provoking book and if correct, could have as profound an effect as Copernicus and Galileo did in their field of astronomy.
A phenomenological explanation of human consciousness has long been sought in regions of psychology since the discipline was first carved out of philosophical concepts and theories about the human condition. In its earliest years, Western psychology was faced with two possible directions for this explanation: an empirical naturalistic approach along with physics and biology, or a non-empirical eidetic approach along with logic and mathematics. Edmund Husserl took up the latter. His phenomenological tradition of inquiry successfully spanned nearly forty years until suddenly stopped and largely suppressed during the Second World War. This book recovers Husserl's revolutionary approach toward the human sciences, just as it was developed, and just as it is presented for further study.
Here, the author systematically gathers what Husserl calls the "leading clues" in the phenomenological method proper for a psychology of affective inner experience, and then for the first time applies Husserl's own methodology for introducing a phenomenological psychology in the transcendental register of human consciousness. Unlike contemporary phenomenological psychology in the existential register, transcendental phenomenological psychology is presented as an eidetic non-empirical "act psychology" in Husserl's mature genetic phenomenology. This novel approach takes in the full range of solipsistic and transcendental subjectivity in Husserl's theories of human consciousness, and follows Husserl's lead in presenting phenomenological psychology as an "applied geometry" of intentional experience within a step-wise theory of inquiry. This book is unique in human science today, not only in its presentation of the development and applications of Husserl's key concepts for the discipline of psychology, but also for introducing a psychology that could be intuitively grasped as self-evidently valid wherever one's interest might lie.
Col. Myers presents principles of leadership and uses examples from business, education and the military to show how they work. Listen to your people, expect superior results and demand them. Develop your people. Talk, look, and listen to them.
As a police officer in today's society there are a number of issues that we must face each and every day, whether we are on or off duty. The problems we face and must overcome can be very overwhelming at times. We have been described as being a closed society with a warrior mentality and tribal instincts. We live among other cops, associate with other cops and spend much of the normal daily tasks with only other policemen. It's the "us against them" syndrome. When facing death, destruction and the dregs of society in which the public does not have to notice, it wears on you harshly. Over 150 police officers die in the line of duty every year, but more than double that commit suicide.
Throughout this book I hope not only to entertain you but also to share my experiences and feelings and show you a different yet very real side of being a police officer, who is out there in the streets every day handling everything imaginable under the sun.
As police officers it is instilled in us very early to be fair and impartial, professional and courageous and most important not to show our emotions or feelings. We do this each and every day in every situation we are thrown into. Whether it is a domestic fight, a neighbor's barking dog or a dead child floating in a pool. This is a very difficult lifestyle; emotions run rampant, up and down like a roller coaster and with intensity levels only measurable by a Richter scale.
The police officer you most commonly will encounter is the person in uniform, shinny badge, neatly pressed shirt, thick duty belt, and glossed shoes, on patrol on duty.
However there is another, your next door neighbor, who eats, drinks, sleeps, cuts his grass on weekends and has a family. Police officers are human just like everybody else. We are selected from society and there are good and bad in everything. Unfortunately a policeman's job is enforcing laws and when you encounter one, he/she is most likely doing their job, which becomes a negative contact for you if you are on the receiving end. Regardless when you call the police for help, we will be there. We do not turn away dangerous situations, we do not back down and we will not run.
For millennia, women have been treated like second class citizens, and blamed for every malfunction experienced by all mankind since the world was created.
Women have, by and large, accepted this station for many reasons, but primarily because their counterpart - men - are larger and stronger. It began with Eve and little variation in that regard has existed since; witness the treatment of women today, in countries like Afghanistan, etc.
While a few have stepped out and raised themselves to a professional status, most have failed to know and understand the real methods for bringing about the understanding of all people, that women are essentially the real force in the world.
Without them the world would not exist. Because of them it has lasted this long.
Understanding Eve gives a definitive method for all women beginning with young girls, up to the elderly, for using the power already instilled and present, but for the most part ignored.
The war in Vietnam ended in 1973, but in the bodies, minds, and spirits of thousands of Vietnam combat veterans, the war relentlessly rages on. The on-going war they face daily is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. By definition, PTSD in combat veterans is a delayed response to the trauma of war. It is estimated that as many as 30 to 35% of Vietnam veterans have significant PTSD. According to Veterans Administration authorities, approximately 1.5 million Vietnam veterans eventually will need psychiatric help based on delayed symptoms of PTSD. The greater, yet often unrecognized tragedy of PTSD, however, is that it also affects the wives, partners, children, and other loved ones of combat veterans. It is estimated that 900,000 wives and partners of Vietnam veterans and approximately 1.1 million children may also be affected, not to mention the approximately 4.7 million members of veterans' extended families.
The author's husband of twenty years, Dwight Snow, is a Vietnam combat veteran with permanent and total disability due to PTSD. Treatment for combat veterans with PTSD primarily consists of antidepressants and talk-therapy. These only go so far. Family members seldom are included in the long term care the veteran receives. Psychological care falls far short of the need, and there is no long-term care for family members, who must learn through hard experience how to live day to day with the PTSD-wounded veteran. Psychological care is inadequate to the needs of combat veterans like Dwight and to the needs of their loved ones, and a yet deeper wound has been left untouched. That wound is a spiritual one.
"Call it intuition, if you will, but I have a theory about Vietnam combat veterans and their spiritual histories. I suggest, based upon my experience with my husband and with his Vietnam veteran friends, that those combat veterans whose spiritual life and faith-ethic were the strongest prior to their traumatic combat experiences were the ones who suffered the greatest long-term damage," writes Rev. Snow.
THE MISSION OF THIS BOOK: to share hope and healing with families, friends, and care-givers who witness daily the challenges facing a combat veteran whose wounds of war extend far deeper than meets the eye.