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A mother should have some fantasy about her child's future. It will increase her interest in the child. Having a fantasy at least gives a child some expectation to meet or reject.
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All we can do when we think of kids today is think of more hours of school, earlier age at the computer, and curfews. Who would want to grow up in that world?
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An elder sitting in the back of the room at a Native American council group has authority. Not because he holds a higher rank, but because he has certain values.
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As Plotinus tells us, we elected the body, the parents, the place, and the circumstances that suited the soul and that, as the myth says, belongs to its necessity.
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Depression opens the door to beauty of some kind.
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Even if he put everything he has into the child, the child is still left facing a world which will not receive the soul. That's the big job.
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Fathers have to correct the culture. That's the calling, I think, that every man has.
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I don't think anything changes until ideas change. The usual American viewpoint is to believe that something is wrong with the person.
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I have nothing against book learning. But knowledge that is rooted in our culture-what do you call that? What do you call knowledge about the soul, about life, death, about initiation, about values?
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I know my own deficiencies, one of which is that I had lived away from America for such a long time. It's called expatriate.
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I saw the avid interest, the hunger for real teaching, which you don't see in the universities. I'm interested I the culture that goes with Men's Work.
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I see happiness as a by-product. I don't think you can pursue happiness. I think that phrase is one of the very few mistakes the Founding Fathers made.
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I think there is a paradigm shift going on in the culture. The old psychology just doesn't work anymore.
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I think we're miserable partly because we have only one god, and that's economics.
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I'd lived in Europe for many, many years. I was not in touch with anything to do with the American men's movement.
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I'm cautious about a lot of words.
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I'm suggesting that there are many ways of showing character.
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I'm the result of upbringing, class, race, gender, social prejudices, and economics. So I'm a victim again. A result.
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If you are still being hurt by an event that happened to you at twelve, it is the thought that is hurting you now.
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In the history of the treatment of depression, there was the dunking stool, purging of the bowels of black bile, hoses, attempts to shock the patient. All of these represent hatred or aggression towards what depression represents in the patient.
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Instead of seeing depression as a dysfunction, it is a functioning phenomenon. It stops you cold, sets you down, makes you damn miserable.
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It is impossible to see the angel unless you first have a notion of it.
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It's important to ask yourself, How am I useful to others? What do people want from me? That may very well reveal what you are here for.
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It's not enough just to be a mother. It's not only the social pressure on mothers by certain kinds of feminism and other sources. There is also economic pressure on them. It's a terrible cruelty.
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It's the only way we human beings can get out of being so human-centered: to remain attached to something other than humans.
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It's very hard to know what wisdom is.
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It's very important for men to look downward, to the next generation.
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Just stop for a minute and you'll realize you're happy just being. I think it's the pursuit that screws up happiness. If we drop the pursuit, it's right here.
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Loss means losing what was We want to change but we don't want to lose. Without time for loss, we don't have time for soul.
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Ninety percent of the time I don't allow people to take photographs of me.
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Problems come from the environment, the cities, the economy, the racism. They come from architecture, school systems, capitalism, exploitation.
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Psychotherapy theory turns it all on you: you are the one who is wrong. If a kid is having trouble or is discouraged, the problem is not just inside the kid; it's also in the system, the society.
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Slowness is basic to the notion of melancholy from the very beginning. Mania is often described in psychiatry by the absence of sadness.
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Sooner or later something seems to call us onto a particular path... this is what I must do, this is what I've got to have. This is who I am.
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The circumstances, including my body and my parents, whom I may curse, are my soul's own choice and I do not understand this because I have forgotten.
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The concept that there are other forces at work... gives a more reverential way of living.
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The culture is going into a psychological depression. We are concerned about our place in the world, about being competitive: Will my children have as much as I have? Will I ever own my own home? How can I pay for a new car? Are immigrants taking away my white world?
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The job of a good sailor is to keep close to course, making little adjustments.
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The manic culture is primarily a testosterone culture. This went on in the 19th century. Women were the carriers of many more symptoms which they presented to male doctors.
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The question is: What is the psyche doing by presenting the patient with a depression?
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The soul may be responsible to a calling that is not only biological your parents or environmental.
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The word power has such a generally negative implication in our society. What are people talking about? Are they talking about muscles, or control?
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There is no reason why we shouldn't take advantage of medications. The important thing is, what is your attitude to it? How you keep that demon in its place so that it doesn't possess you?
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Today, depression is in youth, children, and the term is used very broadly. In practice, for people to say, I am depressed, is insufficient. It's about knowing what that depression experience is telling you as a clinician.
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Too many people have been analyzing their pasts, their childhoods, their memories, their parents, and realizing that it doesn't do anything-or that it doesn't do enough.
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We approach people the same way we approach our cars. We take the poor kid to a doctor and ask, What's wrong with him, how much will it cost, and when can I pick him up?
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We can't change anything until we get some fresh ideas, until we begin to see things differently.
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We carve out risk-free lives where nothing happens.
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We forget that the soul has its own ancestors.
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We have to give value to authority. We have to give value to office, being in office, holding office.
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We must look back over our lives at some of the accidents and curiosities and oddities and troubles and sicknesses and begin to see more in those things. It raises questions, so when peculiar little accidents happen, you ask whether there is something else at work in your life.
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We need to work on the world so it will not be so oppressive.
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We're an air bag society that wants guarantees on everything that we buy. We want to be able to take everything back and get another one. We want a 401-k plan and Social Security.
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When they talk about family values, it's in a repressive way, as if our American tradition were only the Puritan tradition or the 19th century oppressive tradition. The Christian tradition.
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Where does depression, slowness, fit in? How does Saturn enter, except by forcing its way in?
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Whether we like it or not, men have more of the offices, more of the higher jobs, more of the seats in Congress. Men need to re-examine what their power is. We need to understand how to use it.
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You don't attack the grunts of Vietnam; you blame the theory behind the war. Nobody who fought in that war was at fault. It was the war itself that was at fault. It's the same thing with psychotherapy.
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You don't know what you're going to get into when you follow your bliss.
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You probably heard that depression is worse in the morning. Why is depression worse in the morning? What does it say about the day you are about to enter?
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