New video about ways to compassionately be present with someone in emotional pain

In this video introduced by good friend Will Hall, I share about being with people in extreme states for over 25,000 hours since 1980. There’s a brief experiential exercise at the end you could try, that helps caregivers be more compassionately present with people in extreme states and other emotional pain. The video is from the recent RD Laing gathering at Esalen Institute.

Michael

Mad in America: Reflections on 25,000 Hours of Being With People in Extreme States

Hi All,

Here’s my brief new essay on 40 years of compassionately being with people in extreme states and other forms of emotional and spiritual suffering, without viewing or relating to them based on the pathologizing psychiatric disease model.

Michael

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Merciful Love Can Help Relieve the Emotional Suffering of Extreme States

Hi All,

Here’s my article for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology Special Edition on Extreme States. In it, I draw on my personal experience of extreme states over 50 years ago, and also of attempting, as a caregiver, to compassionately be present with people in extreme states for almost 40 years.

Best wishes,

Michael

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Mad in America: The Orwellian New Digital Abilify Will Subjugate Vulnerable People Across the US

Hi All. Here’s my new article on the “anti-psychotic” drug Abilify, that can now automatically send signals to your doctor, family members and the courts, to show them when you comply and swallow the pill.

Michael

Michael Cornwall talks on compassionately helping people in extreme states

This talk was given at the recent R.D. Laing symposium at Asilomar. I shared my personal story of an encounter with extreme states, and talked about how compassionate loving support can bring hope and healing in even the most difficult experiences.

The Dr. Peter Breggin Radio Hour – 6/28/2017

Hi All,

Peter and I had a wonderful, free-wheeling discussion on June 28, 2017, about helpful ways to be there for people in extreme states. We also talked about what I called “the medical curse” that is given by psychiatrists when they label and treat people via the psychiatric disease model dogma. I also shared about the upcoming special edition of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology that I’m editing on extreme states, that has original articles from writers like Peter Breggin, John Read, Yana Jacobs, Natalie Tobert, Bob Nikkel, Michael Eigen, Will Hall, Dina Tyler, Louisa Putnam, Kermit Cole, Ron Unger, Cardum Harmon, Michael Guy Thompson, David Lukoff, Chuck Knapp, Ilya Parizhsky, and myself. The special journal edition will be available online in a couple of weeks. It will be titled, “Humanistic Perspectives on Understanding and Responding to Extreme States.”

Best wishes,

Michael

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