Monday, January 24, 2011

Hot Topics in Self-Help 2011

Integral Psychology is one of the most prevalent areas of self-help as we begin 2011. This is not a movement which looks to one person or "guru" for guidance. The coming together of a number of different scientific advances over the past few years, and the emergence of a "global village" are creating a plethora of therapy opportunities for improvement in mind, body and spirit. Here are some of the areas of interest:
  1. Hypnotherapy (including Alchemical Hypnosis promoted currently by David Quigley).
  2. Behavioral Kinesiology
  3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  4. Acupressure emotional clearing by tapping on key energy centers on the body ("Emotional Freedom Techniques"). You can learn more by looking up "energy psychology".
  5. Mindfulness practices and psychoneuroimmunology to calm the "fight or flight" response and promote overall wellness in mind-body-spirit. (Meditation, Yoga and Massage Therapies). See the work of Dr. Daniel Siegel for psychoneuroimmunology.
  6. The "Power of Intention" (see the book by Dr. Wayne Dyer)
  7. "Synchrodestiny" to grow awareness of the power of the "Now" moment, observe "meaningful coincidences", and create a more richly meaningful life path. (See the books by Deepak Chopra).
  8. Feng Shui to order one's physical environment in a way that fosters balance, flow, and beauty.
  9. Nature therapy:  Creating healthy green spaces, seeking out natural environments., deliberately "unplugging" from technology on a regular basis.
  10. The Enneagram personality (temperaments) inventory to learn how we can get stuck in our own ruts and how to get out of them. The Enneagram has been around for years now, but never ceases to amaze me how accurate a system it is.  
Most recently, I have posted to my website a downloadable 23-minute recorded intervention for people in immediate emotional crisis (anxiety or panic, grief, loss, insomnia, etc.) which integrates many of the above topics. Here is the direct page link:

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