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Psych Reviews

Hello I'm just starting a rough YouTube channel for Psychology, Philosophy, and Meditation book reviews. I hope you enjoy.

Richard 
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I saw the other post. I hope the 2nd video is not too quiet. Oh well people can crank it.

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Cool idea for a channel. 
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Richard Zen, modified 3 Years ago.

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I just uploaded a Guided Insight Meditation with Pink Noise. Enjoy!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHTJN2AoVUg

...and a meditation bell with pink noise and no voice-over:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdCe7kmX-L0
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I have some good ideas of what I want to review for Psychology books, but for Buddhist books I would appreciate it if anybody here has some requests on what they would like reviewed. Any books that are considered more practical, seminal, or books that have different interpretations of the Dhamma?
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Saints & Psychopaths 
Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree
In This Very Life

id enjoy seeing texts tied to tradition talked about 
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Thanks for reminding me of Saints and Psychopaths. That would be perfect for my Narcissist book review series. I remember that. Lots of covert types out there and scandals. I could probably extend that to other religions as well. 
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Richard Zen, modified 3 Years ago.

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I just uploaded my take on Mahasi noting. I hope you enjoy. Now I'm off to look at Saints and Psychopaths. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OsuiCaTmWE
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I'm still working on Saints and Psychopaths. That almost needs to be in my Narcissism book review playlist but I'll keep it in the comtemplative section.

I just published my experience with trying to heal co-dependency which I briefly posted in my log before. It focuses on the Grey Rock method of dealing with toxic people. I have a sneaky suspicion though that some of you have some interesting techniques with meditation and Buddhism on how to deal with toxic people that psychologists wouldn't know about. I would appreciate any comments on my channel on what worked for you.

https://youtu.be/j42qqS2aEE4
Testimonial - Recovering from Co-dependency and Toxic People - Ross Rosenberg
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Nice, I subbed will check out the videos later.
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Thanks. Later in the year I think I will have more time to create more videos but I only have a dozen right now.
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Just added Freud's On Narcissism. Lots of insights here into how self-love can go awry, yet Echo is an example of when self-love is too low. Being in the atheist camp Freud and other Neo-Freudians look at religion as an attempt to bring back the fetal experience when all our needs are met. I'm probably going to have to go back to Nietzsche to see how psychoanalysis and analytical psychology was influenced by him.

https://youtu.be/p5bkxLpQ0Qo
Freud - On Narcissism

My subtitles are in English but I can tell I'll have to start translating into other languages since YouTube is so international. That's a whole pile of work. emoticon
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If you are still taking recommendations for books to review. How about mine? emoticonThe Awakened Ape.  It's been on the best seller's list in Buddhism and Theravada for quite some time now. 
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Sure, I actually bought that one. 
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Really enjoyed this review. Thanks, Richard.
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Incandescent Flower:
Really enjoyed this review. Thanks, Richard.

Thank you. The welcoming meditation in particular really helped me in daily life. There were so many little stresses that were unconscious until I started welcoming more irritants to see how far it was possible to improve my moods.
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Bringing in meditation into your daily life

https://youtu.be/9ESPuWUkjpc

Feel free to comment on methods you use in daily life, since there are so many.

Just finished Saints and Psychopaths. That will be out on the 19th.
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Saints and Psychopaths is finished early. It was a fun one to do because of similarities the book has to other books on the cycle of abuse. It's nice to know that evil has a playbook people can read to protect themselves.

Next up is Haiku.
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Haiku - Various Poets

To get the most out of this experience just absorb yourself in the images that your mind naturally creates from the words…
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The False Self

Researching these last books have been helpful to my practice in that I'm checking to see if I'm trying to avoid the impulses in my body in the practice. It questions what a true self is versus a false self. It's like the self is injuring itself based on the internal criticizer but we have to tap into the body so that meditation actually talks to the self-impulses in the body, instead of a ruminating self based on an unrealstic ideal, and then we have to parent ourselves to get that independent feeling of self-love that isn't narcissistic or co-dependent. Tricky balance.
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Meditation and Chronic Pain

https://youtu.be/Zz94iw8ElKY

This was fun to research as I had a headache from sleeping the wrong way and I put attention on it to relieve the solidity of the pain down to vibrations, and there was some good relief. It shows the value of locking your attention on detail so you can increase pleasant perceptions to replace contractions on the difficulties. It also is a reminder that we need to be controlling and creating our happiness instead of waiting for the environment to do that for us.
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Narcissistic Control

https://youtu.be/FU2QdxwVCuQ

This was hard to do because Narcissism is a part of our culture and Sam Vaknin says that it's an adaptation that works well for the world we are in, yet the heart chakra is dead in them. A recent bump into a Narcissist confirmed that hollow emptiness feeling. They are like dead bodies looking to drain you. When you try to talk to that inner child of theirs it's like talking to a dead body.

The last in the series will be even harder if it's considered mostly incurable. It now seems apparent that narcissism and the pathologcial envy it puts out, can take over institutions and regimes like dictatorships. It's more understandable and any left-wing or right-wing opinions are just the narcissist's way of telling you what to hear so they can take power, because it's all the same in the end for them. Addictive power and control and predatory extrinsic motivation, that's what they want. Without checks and balances they would look at moral rules as jokes.

Anyways, food for thought.

Lots of links to books in this one including some fiction books that look at power and control.
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It now seems apparent that narcissism and the pathologcial envy it puts out, can take over institutions and regimes like dictatorships.
Here's a suggested addition to your reading list: 
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1897244258/
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emoticon It's already on the list.
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Identity and 5 methods for authentic change

This was a Thank You to my 1st 50 subscribers that turned into a longer video about Identity and change. Enjoy!
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Just as promised the last part on the series on Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder - Various Authors (Part 4 of 4)

https://youtu.be/a5rk8PrA1sY

In the beginning we looked at Freud’s contributions from On Narcissism, where we see a self-love aimed at an ego-ideal which makes all important people in the narcissist’s life a means to an end. Achieving the ego ideal. As the child grows up the true self is never developed and a mask used for the public is identified with, which is the False Self. As the False self is challenged in a competitive ruthless environment, the narcissist learns from trial and error how to use politics and leverage to get his or her way. So far we have looked at how inhuman the narcissist is. The robotic quality and lack of empathy, but the narcissist is a person. When someone is far away from the narcissist they can feel sorry for their bad childhood, but when you are a victim it is impossible.
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Dependent Co-arising

Hello, Merry Christmas, or Merry Buddha-mas!

Here's my video review of Dependent Co-arising with books authored by Bhkkhu Bodhi, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Darryl Bailey, and Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

This one took a long time, but it helped me to understand Becoming, Birth, and Aging and Death better. Fabrications also makes more sense now. I can understand how people need some basic psychotherapy and practices in manners and improved behaviour, just so they can quiet their mind down enough to have strong concentration.

Enjoy!
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5 tips for Healing Faster from Narcissistic Abuse

I just finished a Narcissist Personality Disorder series, but I felt that there was something missing, which is help for the victim. Once victims have had their sense of self conditioned out of them, they have to rebuild it again in order to recover fully. There are lots of trap doors that slow down the healing process. Here are 5 tips for healing faster from Narcissistic Abuse.

1. Change your environment
2. Deal with Shame
3. Manage your anger
4. See your projections
5. Look at your cultural influences


Right now I'm working on Analayo's books and trying to find a story thread to carry the amount of detail that would make it worth it. At that point I want to continue with Freud, Adler, Jung etc and come back to more Buddhist research on the differences between Theravada and Mahayana.

Have a Happy New Year!
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This is my 1st part in a four part series of Freud. It's nice to now leave behind the 1800's and move into the 20th century as the psychological methods become more and more interesting.

https://youtu.be/vATDWOYuyWw
Studies in Hysteria - Freud and Breuer
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Thanks for the video.  I like the production values in it!

I have often thought that what happens in my mind as I sit is freudian free association.  My practice has been to just let the nervous system wind down and it seems to follow along my primitive understanding of both free association and catharthis.  Narratives arise, if I let them they run their course and dissapear and then I get a big release of nervous tension.  As this tension level decreases, happiness is more readily available and I act on emotional triggers less often.  Does that match your own experience/expectations at all?  

I also have the profound experiences of oneness and pleasure that seem to lie beyond the neurotic narrative mind.  Is this the realm of Jung and William James, or did Freud write about it as well? 
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seth tapper:
Thanks for the video.  I like the production values in it!

I have often thought that what happens in my mind as I sit is freudian free association.  My practice has been to just let the nervous system wind down and it seems to follow along my primitive understanding of both free association and catharthis.  Narratives arise, if I let them they run their course and dissapear and then I get a big release of nervous tension.  As this tension level decreases, happiness is more readily available and I act on emotional triggers less often.  Does that match your own experience/expectations at all?  

I also have the profound experiences of oneness and pleasure that seem to lie beyond the neurotic narrative mind.  Is this the realm of Jung and William James, or did Freud write about it as well? 
I'm just learning myself right now. I would say that Freud looks at the ideas popping up as related to survival (the pleasure principle) and aggression that comes up in response to frustrated desires (death instinct). Jung would look at dreams as pushing you towards individuation (my particular path) and that is about developing skills you've neglected thus far. This is of course related to survival. There are so many choices. You can develop concentration so the mind doesn't go all monkey mind on you in the meditative path. You can have the different voices in the dream have their say and see if there's something you can act on to make your life feel more whole. 

For me, it is interesting that our thoughts can make us react emotionally, as much if not more, than real experiences. What you think about affects how you feel and then how you act. Learning to control our consciousness is where our standard of living is, if I'm paraphrasing Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi correctly. 

For me right now it would be Jung's individuation mixed with the self-discipline of Buddhism. You want to achieve goals but you don't want to go after every dream strand in your mind. Certain goals are at the right level for us.
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howdy Richard,
i've been away from the forum for a while but am re-engaging with my developmental intentions and came across your channel.

excellent excellent work, thank you!
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Thank you. This site and Personality Cafe have been very encouraging. I appreciate it.

I've started a new website and I hope I can start blogging soon. I need to take some Gotham NY writing courses so I can get the lay of the land for the different types of internet non-fiction writing. I know my transitions right now are based on chapter stops. LOL!

https://richard-bukowski.mykajabi.com/

Of course I'll be writing some books. This is an expensive website, so I may have to move it to a cheaper Blogger option at some point. I found a local artist that is interested in doing a cover and just came out with her book:

https://www.daffodilartcollective.com/projects.html
Fable Me

I also clarified my channel's 3 strands and have 3 intros for each video. The Psychology, Contemplative Practice, and Philosophy videos from now on will have separate intros and slightly different aims, but they dovetail on topics like what the self is.

https://youtu.be/EbksQiBTXDo
Psych Reviews - Intros

Hopefully I can get at least a book out in 2018 or lots of videos going further beyond ancient times. At some point I'm going to have to look at my meditation log and see what could be included in a book, if it's interesting enough.

Richard
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Okay I switched to Wordpress. It took some getting used to, but I like the result better with this Kalium template.

I'll be finally getting back to my Freud series.

http://psychreviews.org/

Let me know if there are any technical difficulties.
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Here's a more in depth look at Flow psychology. 

http://psychreviews.org/flow-in-7-steps-mihaly-csikszentmihalyi/

YouTube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpeIf8Zcriw

Part 2 of Freud is taking some time, but I hope to find a story to thread all these ideas that he puts into his topography of The Mental Apparatus. 

Enjoy!
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I thought it would make sense to describe my initial attitudes towards meditation and how I got into it in the first place. It shows how far I've come and also much further there is to go. There was a time I didn't believe Jhana was a thing at all. Right now going from 4th jhana to 5th is like a big wall, but having those 4 is still a good refuge.

Video:

https://youtu.be/pBAtA2waS0M

Blog:

http://psychreviews.org/jhana/
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Here's Part 2 of the Freud series.

The Psychical Apparatus

https://youtu.be/B3AwOT9zWgY

Blog:

http://psychreviews.org/the-psychical-apparatus-sigmund-freud/
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Here's my 1st philosophy section video: Bigotry (Envy Part 1)

Blog:
http://psychreviews.org/bigotry-envy-part-1/

Video:
https://youtu.be/MKYBXQLLmqM
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Hi guys,

This is my review of the Freud classic Totem and Taboo. Despite so much legitimate criticism of Freud there's a lot of good stuff in his books and I can tell that I'll be able to use it as a foundation to understand later clinicians and thinkers.

Totem & Taboo - Sigmund Freud (Envy Part 2)

Psych Reviews blog:

http://psychreviews.org/totem-taboo-sigmund-freud-envy-part-2/

YouTube:

https://youtu.be/aYsiu4v9N6Y
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I just want to thank you guys for the support for my blog and channel. I just touched on the 1st 100 subscribers. This video is just a call out for book recommendations on any of the three strands of Psychology, Contemplative Practice, and Philosophy.


https://youtu.be/zewG5JNkKOA
Your book recommendations
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Do review on The Mind Illuminated.
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Great choice!
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This was a little exhausting but I finished my interviews with both female and male victims of Narcissistic Abuse. Here are the two blog entries:

http://psychreviews.org/male-victims-of-narcissistic-abuse/
Men


http://psychreviews.org/victims-narcissistic-abuse/
Women
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If there's one area where I find the difference in older and newer traditions of Buddhism is the emphasis on appropriate effort as a part of the practice. This is emphasized in Analayo's Direct Path book.

https://youtu.be/QSA3LznHNQs
Satipatthana The Direct Path to Realization

Blog: http://psychreviews.org/satipatthana-the-direct-path-to-realization-bhikkhu-analayo/
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For those who are interested in Analayo, there is a tentative book date of Oct 2018 for a Satipatthana Practice Guide. They are asking for donations now, but I'm sure they'll find the money:

To sponsor:

https://www.windhorsepublications.com/product/sponsor-apracticeguide/


Preorder:

https://www.amazon.com/Satipatthana-Meditation-Practice-Guide-Analayo/dp/1911407104/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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This is the end of a trilogy of interviews on narcissistic abuse.

http://psychreviews.org/lgbtiqa-victims-of-narcissistic-abuse/
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I just cleaned up my first psychology review of Beverly Engel's - Breaking the cycle of abuse. There's also a good link in the video description and blog that has a chock full of insights on the cycle and how it moves from one generation to another via pathological shame.

Breaking the Cycle of Abuse - Beverly Engel

https://youtu.be/PR21xlDFrGw

Blog:

http://psychreviews.org/breaking-the-cycle-of-abuse-beverly-engel/
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Here is a combination of psychology and meditation insights mixed together. His book alerted me to how unrealistic it would be to do mental work without some strain. Some strain is avoidable with meditation practices, but it is not completely avoidable.

Attention and Effort - Daniel Kahneman

Blog: 

http://psychreviews.org/attention-and-effort-daniel-kahneman/

Video:

https://youtu.be/z_6u4EUyTVM
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Hi Richard, wouldn't be good and helpful to make a video on Dark Night?
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Mathew Poskus:
Hi Richard, wouldn't be good and helpful to make a video on Dark Night?

It is definitely a good idea, but I want to study addiction and withdrawal symptoms to make comparisons. In my experience the Dark Night is mental resistance to maintain addictive behaviour. The brain is getting scared as a survival resistance, but there are many explanations. Freud talks about Cathexis, Mourning and Melancholia. It's probably going to be a highly complex topic as per usual. 

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