Human growth, developmental
stages, Piaget, Erickson, Reich...
his/her own life
help a person
According to humanistic psychologist,
Erich Fromm, love is not something that people stumble into,
but rather an art which requires knowledge, effort and experience.
As our modern Western society
has become more individualistic and consumerist, the rate
of major psychological depression has risen steadily (Cross-National
Collaborative Group 1992) Our modern lifestyles have alienated
us from ourselves, others and nature. Some of us have lost
sight of our burning for transcendence and unity with something
larger than ourselves and cover it up with consumerism and
We have gained more and more
freedom over the ages. Why then is it that we grow more anxious
What about the Noble human
capacity to overcome hardship and despair - futility of one's
personal actions - spiritual and philosophical aspects of
We are conscious people with
certain needs, existing within a network of societal demands.
A way to fight the loneliness and isolation resulting from
our biological drives and societal pressure is by acting in
a loving way to help others.
When we transcend the demands
of ordinary life and instead create an active, positive identity
involving productive, respectful love of others, we can rise
above and transcend the pressures and forces in our personal
lives and become spontaneous, creative and loving citizens
of this planet.
On NLP changework, developmental
stages, beliefs and being human
As humans, we largely pattern
our life experiences to support our beliefs. We create and
sustain our own maps of reality. Unfortunately many of the
fundamental life decisions that make up the fabric of our
belief system we decided before we were 3 years old, at a
time when not much of our "higher brain" functioning
was available. For instance, the frontal lobes - which allow
us to do long term planning and to fully realize the consequences
of our actions - is not fully developed till we are about
21 years old.
describe stages of development that the human organism's brain
and biology grow through as one evolves from the"critter"
level, fight-flight stages that Wilhelm Reich described as
"Organismic rights" (right to exist, need, be autonomous,
separate, love and love sexually) through the oedipal/Electra,
magical thinking, early socialization and concrete operational
stages of the neo-Freudians, such as Erikson, Piaget, Vygotski
and Joseph Chilton Pearce.
Nature seems to present us
with windows of opportunity - during which each of these stages
is mastered, matured and stabilized. The degree to which one
has successfully mastered each stage can have deep impact
on the development and maturation of succeeding stages.
Reichian Developmental Organismic Rights.
Imagine being a newborn infant and having
to rapidly adapt to the brave new world beyond the womb. Wilhelm
Reich observed a series of stages, through which each human,
growing organism passes on their way to full body maturation.
Early last century, there was a German psychologist
and radical protégé and [futurer] of Freud.
As a precursor to the developmental stages theories of Jean
Piaget, Wilhelm Reich described Reichian Organismic Rights,
which give us another way to view the relationship between
the growing human neurology and the belief structures this
neurological system supports. Reich identified basic patterns
of tension and developmental immaturity, and spoke about how
they manifest in the body. These patterns are called body
armoring and express unconscious structures of hope and
contracts of love, fear and belonging.
[What is the shadow side of each phase of
development and what is the "illusion of release"
that keeps the belief system stable?]
Reich spoke of the potential of human development
possible during each developmental stage and the kind of systemic
dysfunction that might result due to unsuccessful evolution
and maturation of each succeeding developmental level. The
tension of un-potentiated potential in each stage can result
in "body armoring", a sort of muscular tension signature,
unique to each person.
Body armoring, streaming energy and health
Reich defined bodily and emotional health
as the unhindered flow of the body's own energies." He
named this sensation "streaming". The body/movement
therapies that have their roots in the work of Reich have
the potential of reaching into us to the core energetic patterns
we may have adopted in earlier stages of our childhood evolution
and maturation and changing the energetic structures of those
patterns. This form of bodywork can be an interesting addition
to more traditional NLP counseling sessions.
Our bodies and neurology go through stages
of physical/biological, sensory-motor, emotional, cognitive
and perhaps Spiritual growth. Our bodies are a map of how
we adapt and grow through those life stages. Like "Chi"
or "Prana" from the Eastern traditions, "Skan"
from the Lakota means "That which moves". The Chinese
healing and martial art traditions speak of a place of silliness
from which arises the thought "to move". This thought
turns into an intention, which informs and orchestrates the
chi, which then propels the flow of physical body movement
(via the blood circulatory system and other chi pathways).
Like kinks in a hose, the natural flow of
this life-force energy and vitality within and through us
can get distorted by life's ups and downs and traumas or tragedies.
The muscles of our body become a library of the various ways
in which it has supported and given expression to the various
moods and emotions of our life experience - the "physiology"
we are always looking, hearing and feeling for as NLP practitioners.
The "streaming" energy Reich talks
about can stream along the length of your body. For many people,
it might be blocked by bands of holding patterns, shaping
the very structure of your own body and posture. We mold our
bodies and they become perfectly adapted to support and express
the particular belief systems and patterns of our lives.
Freud, Reich on sex, Organismic rights
and healthy biological and psychological functioning
Reich expanded on Freud's basic psychoanalytical
theories and added an interesting wealth of observations about
the body and a person's emotional and sexual health. He talks
about a series of developmental stages that a human being
moves through, during which the individual can work out certain
basic human rights - with varying and unique degrees of success.
When we are challenged, encouraged, informed
and supported through these stages we expand and are biologically,
emotionally and cognitively ready and available for the opportunities,
challenges and changes of each succeeding stage. When we are
less than fully successful at navigating through a stage,
the results get stored in our bodies as "body armoring"
and the energy stuck in the pattern and the un-evolved parts
of us are not fully available for the next stage. Here are
his "Organismic Rights," which we review and discuss:
- the right to exist,
- the right to need,
- the right to be assertive,
- the right to be independent and
- the right to love and be loved sexually.
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