With the social and political divide that intensified in the U.S. after the 2016 election, doctors Peter A. Crist and Edward Chastka, two ACO psychiatrists, started a sociopolitical discussion group in February of 2017. They wanted to give people an opportunity to look at varying social and political views in our country and in the world using principles from their therapy practices that would allow participants to discuss opposing views with an open mind and get to the heart of the problem. The two doctors taught the group basic principles about how people think and express themselves, so that participants were then able to apply those precepts to working with others in the group, in other social and political situations, and in their personal lives. Listen in to hear an interview with the doctors about the group and their experience.
In this episode, Dr. Burritt interviews Peter Crist M.D., about the concept of “quiet quitting,” a term proliferating in recent articles across the political spectrum about how workers look at their jobs. Dr. Crist touches on the concepts of work-life balance, the desire for meaningful employment and how different generations view their work lives in this timely interview. Looking at “quiet quitting” as a physician with a functional approach, he explains that before we can come up with a solution or treatment we must first diagnosis or identify the problem. In his characteristic way, Dr. Crist takes us below the surface and gets to the heart of the problem.
This episode features an interview with Chris Burritt, D.O., our usual podcast host. This time, he is in the interview seat as he discusses with Peter A. Crist, M.D. how he first learned about Wilhelm Reich and orgonomy as a high school student. Three years later, while grieving the death of his mother and feeling lost, he began medical orgone therapy. His sessions had such a profound effect on his life that he decided to pursue a career in medicine in order to become a medical orgonomist and help others in the same way that his medical orgone therapist helped him.
This episode features an interview with Peter Crist, M.D. He discusses with Dr. Burritt how he first learned about Wilhelm Reich and orgonomy as a college biology student. Through a series of chance encounters and important moments in his life, his path brought him to medical orgone therapy, medical school, and then training to be a medical orgonomist.
Salvatore Iacobello M.D. tells Dr. Burritt how he came to the practice medicine and medical orgone therapy. As a young man, Dr. Iacobello had hopes for helping those around him but he was under the impression that political solutions were the answer. It wasn’t until he read Wilhelm Reich’s The Mass Psychology of Fascism that he learned that politics couldn’t solve humanity’s problems and that his path would take him to working with his fellow man’s emotional life.
This episode features the audio from one of our recent webinar presentations. Chris Burritt D.O. discusses his first appointment with a young man named Barry who was struggling with his deepening relationship with his girlfriend and came to therapy because of his anxiety. Dr. Burritt describes how he was able to connect with Barry in that first session by identifying his health and helping Barry to see it too. Following the presentation, Dee Apple Ph.D. and Jackie Bosworth, M.D. join for a discussion with questions from the webinar audience.
In this episode, Dr. Burritt interviews Peter Crist M.D., president of the ACO. Dr. Crist, an observer by nature, emphasizes the importance of distinguishing observations from conclusions and highlights this simple yet profound distinction as part of the foundation of functional thinking. He explains that what drew him to Wilhelm Reich’s work and orgonomy was Reich’s method of functional thinking. One must, as Reich put it, “observe, observe, and observe,” no matter how difficult it might be to not let feelings, preconceived notions or uncertainty cloud any judgments, and allow conclusions to spontaneously come to the observer.
Alberto Foglia M.D. tells Dr. Burritt how his path brought him to the practice of medicine and medical orgone therapy. As a young man he had hopes for socio-politics as a solution to his personal emotional suffering and through a chance encounter with a newspaper article his life was dramatically and forever changed.
Dr. Burritt interviews Peter Crist M.D. to answer the question of what is social orgonomy and to learn a bit of how it applies to both work and love relationships.
The ACO has an ongoing social orgonomy training program where trainees learn to use functional thinking to address problems in business, education, and relationships. A live social orgonomy presentation was planned for April, 2020 but sadly had to be canceled secondary to the pandemic. This interview touches on some of what was to be discussed and when possible that knowledge will be brought to listeners in one form or another.
Dr. Burritt interviews Peter Crist M.D. about his observations and thinking about the current global pandemic. He provides a fresh approach to looking at the situation and clarifies some of the confusion contributing to our anxiety as the virus pandemic moves from country to country and state to state. He explains how functional thinking can help individuals and Governments and clarifies how anxiety manifests and spreads in individuals and groups. If his insights and advice are helpful we hope you’ll share with friends and family.
As Dr. Crist says – we cannot be ostriches hiding our heads and not looking nor be in a panic looking but not seeing. We must all have courage, stand our anxiety, and perceive perceive perceive.
The ACO trains doctors and lay people in functional thinking, developed by Wilhelm Reich M.D., through the medical orgonomy and social orgonomy training programs.