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.
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.
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.