It seems like the 1980s are making a comeback, and I just finished bingeing on a new series Stranger Things which pays homage to anything and everything from that decade. I now realize that the allure of the nostalgia is not only for the entertainment, but the absence of the big PC (political correctness).
During the 1980s I was a young adult. I got my first serious job, got married, bought a house, and had children, many of the major milestones in life and as the youngest of the baby boomers, I anticipated the changes that have taken place in the last 35 years, and recognized early on, either you adapted to living life in a western society or it was going to run you over.
Millennials and later generations do not have the experience of interacting with other humans and actually having to wait for a response. There is only a portion of our population that can actually recall this experience as the norm.
No doubt technology and the ease of communication that has come with it has many positive effects, especially when it comes to informing the masses or in emergency situations. This is most apparent with the introduction and explosive growth of social media.
We are still, as a culture, relative infants when it comes to our use of technology and our understanding of its long-term impacts. There is no doubt that the widespread availability and use of technology in all its manifestations has changed our world and the way we relate in faster and more dramatic ways than other inventions in the past.
Can a person be addicted to what is perpetually recommended by most practitioners in the health and medical field? The answer is clearly yes. Just as when a person is addicted to substances or other processes, the common denominator being compulsion and dependency. Exercise addiction usually does not demonstrate the hallmarks typically associated with an addict's lifestyle, such as poor health, disorientation, criminal behavior, etc. On the contrary, this type of addict often appears the epitome of physical health, and runners are particularly susceptible.
According to the American Running Association, the slide from commitment to compulsion can be slow, but one of the first signs is when exercising wins out over sharing time with family, work, interacting with others, or just plain resting and sleeping. The exercise addict does not acknowledge injury from workouts, and fatigue from pushing their bodies beyond what is healthy. In truth they are no longer exercising for health, but for the “fix” they get when they exercise. For them there is no benchmark or goal that is reached, the only motivator for them is the word “more”. In true addictive behavior, they overlook the warning signs their bodies are giving them; they become irritable and anxious, suspicious that someone will interfere and pull them away from the source of their fleeting but consuming satisfaction. There is denial about the reasons why they are really exercising. There is a total blind spot about how unbalanced their lifestyle has become even though they are engaged in what is supposed to be such a “healthy habit”.
In his 2015 article Psychology’s Taboo Against Imagination, Stanley Siegel describes how psychology has slowly but steadily over years, shifted away from the use of imagination in interpreting a client’s story and instead relied on diagnosis in order to codify the pathology of the patient.
The negative effects of this are that on many occasions persons are labeled with different mental illnesses and the use of indicated medications and their undesirable side effects, sometimes for life.
Siegel describes the basis of this practice as the emphasis of current practitioners on “scientism” and “medicalization” and “away from holistic, humanistic, growth-oriented approaches established by such pioneers as Carl Jung, William James, Rollo May, Carl Rogers, and Erich Fromm, who believed the human mind could not be measured by the rules of science”.
In their 2013 article Hypnosis for Cancer Care: Over 200 Years Young, Montgomery, Schnur et al. describe the use of hypnosis with cancer patients. They cite a documented case from 1829 in Paris when M. le Docteur Chapelain used mesmerism (what hypnosis was known as at this time) during several months with a Madame Plantin who was suffering from an ulcerated cancer of one of her breasts which extended to a massive enlargement of her axillary lymph node. The doctor used hypnosis as an anesthetic during a dissection operation, in which Madame Plantin was calm and demonstrated good pain control.
They provided information on several studies in which certain patients receive hypnosis while others did not. The following is a brief description of the outcome of three of the studies (Montgomery, Schnur et al., 2013).
In 2012 Matt Wingett retells in his article, How Hypnosis Helped Me to See a Ghost, how after a training course with hypnotist, Paul McKenna in 2008, hypnosis provided the key to unlocking his creativity and his imagination, which resulted in his book. The Three Belles Star In “We’ll Meet Again”, a ghostly tale of a WWII sailor.
In her 2003 article Alien Abductions: The Real Deal?, Kaja Perina describes how persons who retell of their experiences of alien abductions are often relegated to the fringes of society if they speak out about their encounter, however professionals confirm that abductees rarely suffer from mental illness and approximately 3 million Americans include themselves among this group.
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