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.
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.
In my new blog post here, I share that to feel empathy doesn’t ensure that caring and compassion are present too, and that some of the most highly empathic people I’ve ever known have been con artists, manipulative politicians, psychiatric dogma-bound mental health professionals, career criminals, and seductive and exploitative spiritual teachers and gurus.
My new article looks at how some of the stress you may be feeling these days, could be coming from the powerful emotional projections of politicians and others that are aimed at causing the public to feel as afraid and vulnerable as those politicians and others are actually feeling inside themselves.
I’ll be the guest on Dr. Peter Breggin’s Radio program on Wednesday June 13th, from 4:00-5:00 PM, Eastern time. We’ll be discussing my new article that’s posted here on my website titled, “Merciful Love Can Help Relieve the Emotional Suffering of 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.