We Are ALMOST There…
And We Have Our Best People Working On It…
By Elissa Meininger – Historian and Health Policy Analyst
Like a lot of other people, when I grew up, left home, got married then went on into my life, I still felt unfinished. Consequently, I’ve been on a personal quest to make sense of things all these years. I’d like to share some of my path with you as it may illustrate why I am so passionate about promoting health freedom.
ERIC BERNE –“I’M OKAY, YOU’RE OKAY” & “GAMES PEOPLE PLAY”
After I got married I moved to Oklahoma City, where I chanced on a volunteer program just starting that featured weekly training sessions. The idea was that ordinary citizens could be taught basic professional level psychological counseling to help juvenile delinquents and their families sort out their lives. Yes, this training was sufficient for me to be paid by the County to do this kind of work and some of my colleagues went on to graduate school to get actual credentials and hang out their shingles.
The weekly meetings were interesting. One week was with a psychologist who was trained by Eric Berne, developer of Transactional Analysis. TA was taking the country by storm at the time and changed the English language. “I’m okay, you’re okay”, “games people play”, “warm fuzzies“, “cold pricklies” are technical terms that come from the TA model. The other week, we’d meet with a Freudian psychiatrist trained at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, KS. At his invitation I also audited a graduate course he was offering at a local college covering Freudian philosophy. My paper for the class was a review of Freud’s work, Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious which I illustrated with a cartoon of Lucy of Peanuts fame behind her psychiatric booth giving advice to Linus holding his blanket.
FRITZ PERLS – “GESTALT THERAPY”
OKC was a hotbed of this kind of training. Several hundred people from the Red Cross and other volunteer programs along with medical students getting credit for the training and supervision for the same stuff that was being taught at Esalen in California, the epicenter of what was later to be called the “human potential movement.” Anybody who was anybody came to OKC to hold workshops. While I never met psychiatrist Eric Berne or his close friend and colleague, psychiatrist Fritz Perls – father of Gestalt Therapy, I was trained by their close friends and colleagues psychiatrist Robert Goulding, his wife MSW Mary Goulding and Virginia Satir. The Gouldings developed their own brand of therapy called Redecision Therapy, a hybrid of TA and Gestalt. While all this training and supervision gives me some bragging rights, my point here is that I was committed to a total immersion exploration into learning how I and other people ticked. I wanted to know how I could get my dysfunctional past cleaned up so I could go on with my life. It also has provided me with the tools to avoid getting hooked into dysfunctional communications with others or get upset with the “games” that go on in the public square.
JOE DISPENZA – “YOU ARE THE PLACEBO”