Solitary Purdah

Existential Political Therapy

Intro & Index
Alienation Inevitability
Group or the Individual
Alienation For Lost Marxists
Thomas Jefferson's Revolution
Nietzsche: America's Gnostic Superman
Albert Camus, Anarchism and the Individual
Democracy and the America Hero
Dasein for Authentic Conservatives
Religious Meaning as the Art of the Existential Experience
Paul Tillich: the 'Apostle to the Intellectuals'
No Escape from Existential Reality
Nikolai Berdyaev and the Eighth Day of Creation
The Grand Inquisitor Planet
Kierkegaard as a Political Man
Simone de Beauvoir: feminist vs. revelation
The Political Philosophy of Jacques Maritain
The Choice For Political Freedom
American Existentialism Real or Fiction?
The Henry David Thoreau of Philosophy
Existential Political Therapy
NWO Overman is the Eupraxsophy of Transhumanism
The Evil that is Democratic Thought
Psychology of Tyranny for a Philosophy of Despotism
The New World Order Zeitgeist
A Different Philosophy of Civil Disobedience
The Political Significance of Gore Vidal
The Sovereign Man is the Real Prisoner
Political Socialization in the Absence of Reason
Statist Philosophy the Scourge of Christianity
Cultural Relativism and Ethical Obscurity
Jean-Paul Sartre and the Theory of Individualism
Bilderberg Authoritarianism Destroys Humanity
Atheism to Secular Humanism and Objectivism
Descartes and Western Civilization Individualism
Being an Existential Prepper
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  Merleau-Ponty

Existential Political Therapy

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Requirement for all Politicians

In a world gone mad, the politics of disturbed behaviour has no parallel.  But treatment for individual disorders is a robust field that affords troubled individuals a remedy to overcome their personal plight in the world.  Maybe such an approach has an application as a destructive political illness that so often is the basis of public policy.  Examine the patient and ask can the professional ‘pols’ be cured?            

 

Tim LeBon defines the topic thusly:  “Existential Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy which aims at enhancing self-knowledge in the client and allowing them to be the author of their own lives.  Its philosophical roots are to be found in the works of Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre and other existential thinkers as well as Husserl and phenomenologists. Historically, existential therapy began when Binswanger attempted to use Heidegger's theory therapeutically, an approach that was adapted by Victor Frankl, Rollo May and others in the United States.”

 

Most normal individuals seek medical treatment when they are ill.  Heal thyself is certainly preferable to major surgery, but on occasions the patient needs external assistance to recover their health.  Techniques and treatments vary, drugs and herbs may invigorate and extraordinary measures may prolong life, but what about achieving a state of clear mental health within the consciousness of political decision makers?  Doesn’t common sense dictate that public affairs warrant that sound minded and stable emotions are a prerequisite for anyone involved in making and administrating government regulations?

 

Emmy van Deurzen ( in Handbook of Individual Therapy, ed Dryden)  outlines the goals of existential therapy:

1) to enable people to become more truthful with themselves.

 

2) to widen their perspective on themselves and the world around them.

 

3) to find clarity on how to proceed in the future while taking lessons from the past and creating something valuable to live for in the present.

For those politicians that believe they are personally sincere, many are often misguided about their own lack of honesty with themselves.  This affliction can be seen in generations of liberal proponents that seek to better the world through government programs and solutions.  How can an experienced and cosmopolitan player on the world stage dream up the notion that society if not the entire planet would be a better place if only their public policy became universally applied and enforced?  How wide is their personal perspective when so many officials deem they are doing the noble work of the man made god of the State?  Just look around the world, can any rational and honest person conclude that public policies have actually improved the human condition?   

 

Since this question is repugnant to the minions of governmental operations, their collective clarion call is not to ask and avoid at all cost the existential question of the real purpose of public policy.  Their embedded and institutional response is to forge ahead and proceed with their official policies and evade any semblance of constraints that are consistent with all of history and human nature.  To these troubled ‘public servants’ the valuable aspect of present day achievement is conformity to unnatural governmental dictates. 

 

Is this pattern of behaviour inherently disturbed and desperately in need of professional help?  It would seem so, still the perplexing dilemma is that the rules are created and the mechanisms for social compliance are under the direct control of a band of asylum inmates.  The culture of sickness that accepts this systemic default surrenders it own authenticity to damaging public programs.  Unhinged bureaucrats never dispense social equity for their contributions and performance.  They are rewarded for their destructive social conduct in service to the state.   

 

The anguish that is unavoidable from this social conflict demands a remedy.  In existential therapies, denial is considered the framework by which clients understand their world. Not directly confronting denial, therapists assist clients in exploring their worldview and considering alternative ways of being.  Now that application seems sensible for subjects that actually are seeking help.  But as we all know power hungry egomaniacs are the last people standing in line for psychoanalysis.  Their prime objective is to advance their standing in ever increasing seats of dominance.  Their denial is not curable, but for the masses of the exploited, there is no valid excuse to refuse your own denial therapy.

 

Dr. C. George Boeree offers up this account and insight on Ludwig Binswanger:

 

Authenticity

 

Unlike most other personality theorists, the existentialists make no effort to avoid value judgments. Phenomenologically, good and bad are as "real" as solid waste and burnt toast. So they are quite clear that there are better and worse ways of living life. The better ways they call authentic.

 

To live authentically means to be aware of yourself, of your circumstances (thrownness), of your social world (fallenness), of your duty to create yourself (understanding), of the inevitability of anxiety, of guilt, and of death. It means further to accept these things in an act of self-affirmation. It means involvement, compassion, and commitment.

 

Notice that the ideal of mental health is not pleasure or even happiness, although existentialists have nothing particularly against those things. The goal is to do your best.

 

For the ordinary citizen a populist civilization based upon a healthy culture and a sound political organization is the standard for a sane society.  What reasonable and thoughtful person would attest that such a model actually exists today?  An Existential approach to confront the delusional disease of accepting political oppression is necessary therapy to rest our civic health as a nation.  Defending a failed political structure of self-destructive policies is the very definition of insanity. 

 

In the recesses of the brain is a rudder for moral conduct.  It is called a conscience.  Right and wrong is known and ethical actions are real and can and should be observed.  Any linkage that equates a duty to accept destructive public policies as necessary and legitimate is habitually deranged.  Community denial of reality is a prime objective of the State.  The psychology of individual adherence of dehumanising rule is based upon illusion and the threat of pain.  Defence of decadent government is immoral.  Denial is not a lasting defence mechanism.  And defending the indefensible is pure lunacy.  Take the Existential therapy and cure yourself of your government addiction.

 

SARTRE – February 13, 2006    

A biblical vocation of psychotherapy can be fulfilled only with the overall therapeutic goal for the patient as a "man of God, thoroughly furnished unto good works." Of course, there are many psychotherapists who are also Christians, and who would disagree with this point of view, but they cannot in the true sense of the word be called "Christian therapists." They are rather of that number among the Christian community whose occupation is both accidental and irrelevant to their professed personal faith.
 
Donald F. Tweedie, Jr

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