The “CRUEL COSMOS”...

by: Michael J. Lincoln Ph.D. on

I want to tell you a true story that actually happened. A man was on a safari in Africa when a lion attacked and started to eat him. As the lion was pulling the muscles off his back, his best friend came upon the scene and shot the lion. The man laid in a coma for three months in the hospital, and his friend happened to be there when the man came to. Instantly, a beatific ear-to-ear grin came across the man’s face, and he said, “THAT was the most wonderful thing I have ever experienced!” What had happened is that as he went into shock from the assault, his brain r  ...read more

Incidental Conditioning

by: Michael J. Lincoln Ph.D. on

All of us have little personal idiosyncrasies that mark us as unique individuals. These can arise from a number of sources, such as culture, genetics and living environments over an extended period of time. I want to talk about perhaps the most pervasive and little noted source of such “peculiarities.” What is being referred to here is the fact that more than anything else, we are “learning machines.” In other words, we have a few residual “instincts.” They are genetically and intra-uterine environment-acquired mechanisms that, in effect, build   ...read more

Addictions… Where do they come from?

by: Michael J. Lincoln Ph.D. on

We live in an institutionalized, impersonal society in which individual initiative is systematically undermined while the culture is simultaneously extolling its virtues. We are therefore addiction-prone, especially to things that can give the illusion of power over our lives and environs. Comfort-seeking has become an over-riding goal in many people’s lives, due to an overwhelming sense of powerlessness to do anything significant or effective about the world and their lives. This, in turn, generates a deep-seated need for some way to relieve the anxiety associated with being  ...read more

What is your Body telling You???

by: Michael J. Lincoln Ph.D. on

The key factor in the maintenance of bodily health is the immune system, which is controlled by the brain via neural connections, chemical reactions, neurotransmitters, lymphocytes, neurohormones, endorphins, and the like. Through these linkages, what is going on in our consciousness is continuously affecting our body - and vice versa. In many ways, the body and the mind imitate and imprint each other. Ultimately, of course, consciousness underlies and is the final determinant of everything, and the body reflects this vividly. It should be noted in this regard that “consciou  ...read more

On “Teaching”

by: Michael J. Lincoln Ph.D. on

One often hears the term “teaching” or “teacher,” but what does it mean really? The usual images that come to mind are someone getting chalk on their coat in front of a group of people or of a one-on-one how-to or person-to-person showing how or communicating what. Another common image is a mentoring relationship, in which a more experienced individual shares in a number of ways with an initiate of one sort or another in what often, through not always, looks like a friendship situation. These are all very real exemplars of “teaching,” but they do  ...read more