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"Dealing with Pandemic Panic: The Fresh Approach of Medical Orgone Therapy" free webinar about common emotional reactions to the coronavirus pandemic presented by Peter A. Crist, M.D. on Saturday, April 18, 易发棋牌 is now available on our . Dr. Crist is joined by Chris Burritt, D.O. for discussion and Q&As.

 

 

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"Social Distancing: What's in a Word?” thoughts by Peter A. Crist, M.D.
When I first heard the term “social distancing” less than two weeks ago, my immediate thought was, What the hell is that?  Then I learned it meant keeping at least six feet between me and someone else. The term somehow didn’t seem right and nagged at the back of my mind until a conversation this past week with someone whose office in Center City Philadelphia had been closed down because of decisions regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

He said, “When one of my employees left the office, she said, ‘Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation.’”

In that moment it dawned on me exactly what had been bothering me about the term “social distancing.” What is needed is physical distancing not social distancing. The risk of spreading the coronavirus increases with physical proximity but there’s no evidence that it is affected by people’s social closeness. Social distancing is a misnomer that confuses functional realms.

We are social animals and under stress need social contact with others. It’s deep in our biology. A group of chimpanzees under external threat or after experiencing internal conflict will gather in a group and hug each other. At other times, when relaxed, they also maintain physical closeness with grooming.

In the current circumstances with the coronavirus it seems wise to take precautions of maintaining physical distance until we know more exactly the magnitude of the risk of coronavirus spread. In the meantime, we need to do our best to maintain social closeness while maintaining physical distance.

For years I’ve heard people remark how ironic it is that social media is called that because its actual effect is often to distance people from each other socially. This is a perfect time, however, to use social media constructively rather than destructively. To prevent viral contagion, we need physical distancing not social distancing. In fact, especially now, we need to practice social closeness with family, friends and other loved ones in whatever forms we can find.

-Peter A. Crist, M.D.

 

 

易发棋牌Dr. Peter Crist

Dealing with Pandemic Panic
We are pleased to share with you an interview with Peter A. Crist, M.D. that was published in a special Doctor's Day issue of US1 Newspaper on Wednesday, March 25, 易发棋牌

The coronavirus pandemic has left us living with tremendous uncertainty. How contagious is this virus? Will I fall ill? Will my loved ones? Can I be treated if I do? Will I die? Is it safe to have contact with my loved ones? Is it safe to leave my house? How long will this siege last? Will I lose my job? What will happen to our economy? To our society? To the world? That’s enough to put anyone in a panic.

Peter A. Crist, M.D., president of the American College of Orgonomy (ACO) a Princeton area non-profit, educational institution, says, “We are living in uncertain times and anxiety is a natural, emotional reaction to uncertainty. What matters is how we handle our anxiety. Some people tune out and don’t engage, like ostriches who stick their heads in the sand. Others jump to conclusions without adequately looking. In some people the anxiety builds, they lose perspective and the anxiety tips into blind panic. We are in the midst of pandemic panic—panic about the coronavirus pandemic and a pandemic of panic itself.”

Dr. Crist adds, “It’s hard to find people with voices of reason walking the fine, but crucial line, between ostriches dismissing the significance of the coronavirus pandemic and those becoming panicky and hysterical about it. Ostriches don’t look and panickers can’t see. A healthy response in the face of uncertainty is to stand our anxiety and use our powers of observation and perception until we can see the best course to follow. At the ACO we teach a functional scientific method, which we can apply to our own lives: perceive, perceive, perceive until a conclusion spontaneously comes to you. It’s essential to see the difference between conclusions and observations to be sure our conclusions are based in reality rather than coming from misperceptions driven by emotions and blind panic. We need factual observations on which to base decisions.”

Dr. Crist notes, “One of the difficult things with any epidemic, any pandemic, is that it’s not just a medical problem; it’s not just a problem of understanding the biology of this particular infectious agent; it’s also a social problem.”

The ACO offers a multidisciplinary, functional approach in training doctors and others to look at the big picture and integrate that with details within disparate fields that include medicine, sociology and biology. Dr. Crist points out, “The process of functional thinking, which allows thoughts to spontaneously come up that mirror an actual process in nature, and, as taught at the ACO, can apply to any discipline. This is in contrast to thinking mechanistically, as if nature and people function like machines or thinking mystically, as if nature is unknowable and happens by magic. At the ACO we teach a key functional principle that keeps us rooted in reality especially in social interactions: what matters is not what is said or the intentions behind it but the actual effect of what is said or done. All too often, with the best of intentions, people act on decisions that have disastrous effects.”

Dr. Crist says, “We desperately need functional thinking during the coronavirus pandemic. A good example happened recently at US Customs points of entry for people returning from Europe. It made sense to try to identify and separate out potentially infected individuals from those who were not infected. But the way that policy was implemented did not take into account the sociology of how groups of people move in an airport. As a result, screening stations at multiple busy airports interrupted the natural flow of pedestrian traffic, creating huge lines and crowds of people congregated in close proximity, defeating the very purpose of the screening in the first place.”

Dr. Crist says, “A social orgonomic perspective helps us see that in a pandemic of panic, anxiety in one person triggers the latent anxiety in another, much as one startled bird can send the whole flock in flight. That’s a natural response that protects the birds both individually and as a group, as long as they keep their eyes open and their perceptions sharp to avoid flying into each other or crashing into a tree. What a contrast with what happens in human mass hysteria.

“Another mass emotional response often happens when people are frightened and vulnerable. Again, it all depends on how people handle their anxieties and fears. Most people suffer personally with them. But some people cannot tolerate their own anxiety and fear and manage their own feelings by controlling their environment and everyone in it in ways that end up destructive. We call this an emotional plague reaction. Because this is the person’s unconscious means to manage their own anxiety, they are usually unaware of their true motives and rationalize their destructive actions with plausible explanations such as that they are for the protection of others. The term emotional plague is apt because the destructive, controlling tendency in one person can trigger it in another who is trying to lessen their own anxiety by controlling what’s in their environment—much as the infectious nature of anxiety. The ACO education in social orgonomy underscores the importance of understanding and diagnosing the emotional plague in society.

“Many of the extreme measures presented with great certainty as essential to control the coronavirus pandemic have hallmarks of an emotional plague reaction, especially in the ways they have affected life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The reality is that without more definitive information about the biological, medical and sociological aspects of the pandemic we don’t know what’s truly necessary. It’s hard to resist the impulse to act on premature conclusions; we need to gain a clear-eyed understanding of what’s actually happening and avoid unintended consequences. Again, without thinking functionally and seeing the broader picture, the long term social effects of the medical quarantine may be more devastating than the pandemic itself—the cure worse than the disease. In medicine we are taught ‘first do no harm.’ We need to think medically about social interventions as well.”

It’s important to note that the ACO-trained medical orgonomists approach to anxiety differs from much of the psychiatric and psychological community. Dr. Crist says, “We see anxiety as a signal that a feeling or impulse is blocked rather than a pathological symptom that must be medicated or meditated away. Anxiety is what people experience when a feeling or impulse is excited but lacks a satisfying outlet. In individual therapy, we help people tolerate feeling their anxiety so that they can overcome their blocks and get through them to something more satisfying.”

Asked about general advice to help people deal with this difficult time, Dr. Crist says, “For individuals it all comes down to managing uncertainty and handling anxiety. Everyone is different, so each person needs to do whatever they’ve found that helps them. Basic, commonsense hygiene of hand washing is advisable with any viral infection as is maintaining physical distance from anyone suspected of being infected, both of which also serve to reduce uncertainty about spreading the virus. Exercise is valuable for most people to discharge energy. Without outlets, pent-up energy will fuel anxiety. Dr. Wilhelm Reich who first developed orgonomy said, ‘Love, work and knowledge are the wellsprings of our life. They should also govern it.” We need to put our energy into contact with loved ones, productive work and gaining genuine knowledge about ourselves and our social world. That will all help manage the panic. We are social animals. Now more than ever we need contact with others. I’ve never liked the term, ‘social distancing.’ It’s a misnomer that confuses functional realms. To prevent viral contagion, we need physical distancing not social distancing. In fact, especially now, we need to practice social closeness with family, friends and other loved ones in whatever forms we can find.”

As a precaution, the ACO has postponed all of its events through the end of April. Dr. Crist adds, “The office is functioning, and we are still taking calls for referrals to medical orgonomists. We unfortunately had to postpone a social orgonomy presentation and suspend our monthly case presentation series, which is free and open to the public for anyone to learn more about our approach to therapy. But we’ve turned a number of those presentations into podcasts, which are available at the ACO podcast series (). Our website and book store also have a trove of knowledge on all aspects of orgonomy (http://www.).” 4/30/易发棋牌 Update: Our Case Presentation Series is now being offered as webinars. See our Events page.

-Hilary S. Kayle

This article is also available on the .

 

 

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We are pleased to share with you an interview with Dr. Chris Burritt, host of our “ACO InContact: A Different Kind of Psychiatry” Podcast, which appeared in a recent issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper. Dr. Burritt discusses the focus of the podcast and offers insights into what makes the ACO’s therapeutic approach different from others.

InContact Podcast: Revealing a Functional Approach to Therapy
Focusing on its new monthly case presentation series, the podcast, “ACO InContact: A Different Kind of Psychiatry” gives listeners the opportunity to hear about how ACO-trained medical orgone therapists treat specific patients — often without medication. Chris Burritt, DO, a clinical associate at the ACO, hosts the new series, which he also edits, produces, and helps to promote.

“The ACO is one of the best kept secrets in the Princeton area and in general. We have a lot to offer but we’ve had difficulty connecting with the larger public. Yet we have patients who go to great lengths to come to therapy, driving for hours or flying in from the west coast. The remarkable thing about our podcast is that it tells a story and highlights how the doctors see their patients — that it’s something different from the typical psychiatrist.”

Dr. Burritt notes that people don’t have to experience a clinical depression or have crippling anxiety to benefit from therapy. “There used to be a lot of stigma about therapy but that’s changing. For example, I don’t know if people think of seeing a psychiatrist for evaluating their love relationships or how they’re feeling about their work life. That’s something that differentiates our doctors and the ACO from other institutions and other forms of treatment. If you think of orgonomy as the science of man’s relationship with nature, that describes how we as medical orgone therapists look at treating our patients — helping them handle the nature inside themselves and also in their environment. If something is off, we help them re-establish a satisfactory relationship with themselves or the world around them.”

Dr. Burritt offers additional insight into what makes the ACO’s therapeutic approach different from others. “First is having a good sense of what the patient is looking for, what the patient is about and what they want out of life. It’s not about ‘What are your symptoms and how can we make them go away?’ The first thing that we psychiatrists do is get a sense of what’s going well and what’s not satisfactory in someone’s life, and that doesn’t always involve a discreet, specific symptom, like panic or insomnia.”

Asked how he became interested in orgonomy, he notes, “I was drawn to post-graduate training with the ACO because of medical orgone therapy’s focus on the emotional lives of patients and it’s unique ability to help alleviate problems without the use of medication. There’s also something very profound about how the therapy addresses psychological and physical blocks that cause symptoms and interfere with patients’ feeling satisfied with life.”

Regarding what people can get out of the podcasts, Dr. Burritt says, “It could be helpful for a listener just to sit back and absorb the doctors’ perspectives. There’s a lot of confusion now about work relationships and families in the rushed chaotic world we’re living in these days. Even if you’re not in therapy, it can reduce stress levels to get clarity about what’s going on.”
— Hilary Kayle Crist
   
This article can also be found on to hear host Dr. Chris Burritt's interview with Dr. Peter A. Crist about his book-in-progress All People Great and Small. Dr. Crist gives his thoughts and feelings about the doctor-patient relationship, how his medical training changed him, and how he has handled his sensitivity to the people and things around him. The interview also touches on what distinguishes medical orgonomists from other psychiatrists and therapists.  

The third in a series of readings covering entirely new material from Dr. Crist's book-in-progress, All People Great and Small, took place on Saturday, February 1, 易发棋牌 at the American College of Orgonomy (ACO) campus in Princeton, NJ. A reception followed.

 

SECTIONS

易发棋牌Dee Apple

Movie Night featuring "Beautiful Boy"

A Different Kind of Psychiatry | ACO Clinical Case Presentation & Open Discussion | "Marijuana: Parents Matter"

The ACO Meets The Press

Problems with Marijuana: An ACO Sponsored Forum

Movie Night featuring "Generation Found"

Legalized Pot: What are the Consequences?

Half-Day Introductory Laboratory Course

Clearing the Air: Facts & Fictions about Marijuana

A New View of Society & How We Relate: What is Social Orgonomy?

Personal Relationships in the Digital Age

Movie Night featuring "Chocolat"

The Sexual Struggle of Youth

Is the Doctor Really In? - Making Each Visit Count

Movie Night featuring "The Art of Getting By"

 

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Making a Good Connection: The Precursor to Successful Therapy


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Symptomatic Relief of Adolescent Depression


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Right from the Start: Pregnancy, Birth & Emotions

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A Different Kind of Psychiatry | ACO Clinical Case Presentation & Discussion | "Marijuana: Saying No"

Problems with Marijuana: An ACO Sponsored Forum

A Functional Look at Alcohol & Drug Addiction

Is the Doctor Really In? - Making Each Visit Count

Armored Culture, Armored People


易发棋牌Howard Chavis, M.D.

Movie Night featuring "Screenagers"

Are Children's Books Just for Kids?

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The Third in a Series: All People Great and Small

A Different Kind of Psychiatry: A Monthly Series of Therapy Stories Treating a Child: The Feelings Doctor

American College of Orgonomy: The Vital Doctor-Patient Relationship | US1 Article

Depression and Antidepressants: Life Without Medication

All People Great and Small: Readings by Peter A. Crist, M.D.

A Different Kind of Psychiatry | ACO Clinical Case Presentation & Discussion | "An Adolescent Comes Out of the Fog of Marijuana"

with Dr. Crist for the backstory on his California trip and presentation "Are You Satisfied with Your Work Life?," on Saturday, December 8, 2018 in Venice California. For more information about our upcoming events please visit our Event page.

Special West Coast Event: "Are You Satisfied with Your Work Life?"

Movie Night featuring "The Pursuit of Happyness"

Special Event - All People Great and Small: Readings by Peter A. Crist, M.D.

Workshop on Work-Related Topics

US1 Interview with Peter A. Crist, M.D. | American College of Orgonomy: A Different Kind of Psychiatrist

Balancing Work and Love

Burned But Not Forgotten Event & Banned Books Week

Burned But Not Forgotten

Are You Satisfied with Your Work Relationships?

Are You Satisfied with Your Work Life?

Conversations with an Orgonomist - Improving Work Relationships

Fathers: A Forgotten Natural Role

Fathers: A Forgotten Natural Role - Follow Up

Fathers: A Forgotten Natural Role - Princeton Sun Article (July 2012)

Is the Doctor Really In? - Making Each Visit Count

Movie Night featuring "Juno"

New Attacks on Wilhelm Reich & Orgonomy

Personal Relationships in the Digital Age


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A Different Kind of Psychiatry | ACO Clinical Case Presentation & Discussion | "Treatment of Two Cases of Panic Attack Without the Use of Medication"

Movie Night featuring "Lion"

Movie Night featuring "Lincoln"

The French Revolution: An Example of the Emotional Plague

Revolutionary Ideas in Biology


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A Nine-Year-Old Boy with Anger and Nausea

American College of Orgonomy: The Vital Doctor-Patient Relationship | US1 Article

Movie Night featuring "Modern Times"

Movie Night featuring "To Kill a Mockingbird"

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Conversations with an Orgonomist - Difficult People

Difficult People: Using Gut Feelings as a Guide in Relationships

Movie Night featuring "A Little Romance"

Movie Night featuring "Into the Woods"

Emotions Speak Louder Than Words

What About Love


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Symptomatic Relief of Adolescent Depression

Movie Night featuring "Danton"

The Emotional Power of Music


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"On the Shoulders of a Giant: Fictional Conversations Between Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Reich"


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Movie Night featuring "Screenagers"

American College of Orgonomy: The Vital Doctor-Patient Relationship | US1 Article

"Right from the Start: Pregnancy, Birth and Emotion"

Movie Night featuring "Beautiful Boy"

Movie Night featuring "The Pursuit of Happyness"

The Cunningham Piano Show

Movie Night featuring "Generation Found"

At Anchor House in Trenton with "Generation Found"

Movie Night featuring "Lion"

Movie Night featuring "Dear Frankie"

Movie Night featuring "28 Days"

Movie Night featuring "Lincoln"

Movie Night featuring "Race"

Movie Night featuring "The Young Victoria"

Movie Night featuring "America, America"

Movie Night featuring "A Little Romance"

Movie Night featuring "The Artist"

Movie Night featuring "Chocolat"

Movie Night featuring "Gravity"

Movie Night featuring "Into the Woods"

Movie Night featuring "Juno"

Movie Night featuring "The Art of Getting By"

Right from the Start: Pregnancy, Birth & Emotions

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Movie Night featuring "28 Days"

Movie Night featuring "The Artist"

Movie Night featuring "The Young Victoria"

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Depression and Antidepressants: Life Without Medication

Problems with Marijuana: An ACO Sponsored Forum

Medical Orgone Therapy for Children and Teens: Treating Emotional and Behavioral Problems

There Must be More to Life

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The Importance of Parental Support in the Treatment of a Child

The French Revolution: An Example of the Emotional Plague

Personal Relationships in the Digital Age

Reich & Freud Revisited: Conversations with Dr. Charles Konia


Other:
My Eleven Years with Wilhelm Reich by Dr. Elsworth F. Baker

Interview with Substance Abuse Expert, Richard Ryan, M.A.

 


Past Interviews

 

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Special Event
Saturday, February 1, 易发棋牌, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
The Third in a Series: All People Great and Small, Readings by Dr. Peter A. Crist

Psychiatrist and writer, Dr. Peter A. Crist, will share excerpts from his book-in-progress, All People Great and Small. The third in a series of readings, covering entirely new material, will take place on Saturday, February 1, 易发棋牌 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM at the American College of Orgonomy (ACO) campus in Princeton, NJ. A reception will follow. The book's title, an homage to James Herriot's several volumes of compelling accounts of life as a country vet, reflects Dr. Crist’s open-hearted view of people. Dr. Crist's writing is a window into what it was like to be a child entranced by the natural world and inquisitive about how people relate to each other. It also provides an in-depth view of the impact his medical training and work as a doctor caring for patients has had on the course of his life. The selections for this year’s event include stories from his childhood, college years, medical training and time as a professor of psychiatry at UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School that together give a sense of how he became the kind of doctor he is today. This year, in recognition of 易发棋牌 as an election year, he has included two stories, one from early adulthood and one from childhood, that reflect a unique view of sociopolitics based on his observations of growing up in an authoritarian era with non-authoritarian parents. Discussion will follow each of the readings.

Dr. Crist graduated from UCLA with an AB in Zoology and an MD degree. He is board certified in psychiatry, internal medicine, and medical orgonomy. He is in private practice in central New Jersey where he treats infants, children, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Crist is also president of the ACO, a non-profit, educational and scientific organization. He is on the faculty of the ACO training program for medical orgonomists and is chairman of their social orgonomy training committee and on its faculty. Dr. Crist has spoken in the US and abroad on a wide range of topics and has published numerous articles in the Journal of Orgonomy.

The cost to attend is $45. Seating is limited, registration required. Purchase in advance by calling (732) 821-1144 or securely via PayPal using the button below. Attendance is complimentary for ACO Patron and Sustaining Level Member Donors. Learn about becoming a Member Donor on our Support page.

Watch our for a sample of Dr. Peter A. Crist's stories from his book All People Great and Small. The video includes excerpts from Dr. Crist's 2019 book reading.

to hear host Dr. Chris Burritt's interview with Dr. Peter A. Crist about his book and upcoming event.

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"Making a Good Connection: The Precursor to Successful Therapy
Presented by Jackie Bosworth, M.D. | Joined by Philip Heller, M.D.
Saturday, January 11, 易发棋牌 4:00PM to 5:00PM
ACO Campus, 4419 Route 27, Princeton, NJ.

Rayna, a 49-year-old female with a manic depressive character, was working as a professional entertainer when she was first treated by Dr. Bosworth in a medication-only clinic setting. She was also seeing another therapist at the time. Rayna exhibited signs of debilitating depression with simultaneous anxiety and said she had never felt so overwhelmed. Over several months of sessions with Dr. Bosworth, as well as frequent phone calls in between visits, Rayna's medications were adjusted, gradually tapered, and finally discontinued. She was doing well and transferred her care to an outside therapist.

Months later, Rayna reached out to Dr. Bosworth for medication, traveling a great distance to see her. Dr. Bosworth listened to her latest account of events and to how she was feeling emotionally.  She decided to prescribe the starting doses of her previous medications. While Rayna could have chosen any number of psychiatrists or physicians for medications, she reached out to Dr. Bosworth because of the strong therapeutic relationship that was previously established between them.

Please join us to hear more about the characteristics of emotional contact between this patient and Dr. Bosworth and how it grew into a sustaining therapeutic relationship.

The series is free to attend.

 

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"Symptomatic Relief of Adolescent Depression" Presented by Salvatore Iacobello, M.D. | Joined by Chris Burritt, D.O. Saturday, November 16, 2019, 4:00PM to 5:00PM, ACO Campus, 4419 Route 27, Princeton NJ The series is free to attend. For more information about our upcoming events please visit our Event page.

 

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易发棋牌On Saturday, October 26, at 7:00PM at the ACO Campus in Princeton, NJ, ACO Movie Night & Open Discussion featured Screenagers, a documentary by physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston. Dr. Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore the impact of social media, video games, academics and internet addiction on relationships. Through poignant, and sometimes unexpectedly funny stories—along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists and brain scientists—Screenagers reveals how tech time affects a child’s development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

The discussion following the film explored the healthy and unhealthy effects of screen time on the emotional and social functioning of the young people in your life. Howard Chavis, M.D. and Susan Marcel, D.O. lead the discussion.

Admission to Movie Night is free. For more information about our upcoming events please visit our Event page.

 

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"A Nine-Year-Old Boy with Anger and Nausea"
Presented by Philip Heller, M.D.| Joined by Chris Burritt, D.O.
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 4:00PM to 5:00PM, ACO Campus, 4419 Route 27, Princeton NJ

Dr. Heller shares some insights about his presentation:
"Frequently, children present to a physician with symptoms of abdominal pain. Sometimes the "belly" complaints can be a direct result of unexpressed or inadequately expressed emotions. The history and treatment of this nine-year-old boy, whose parents were concerned about his anger as well as his complaints of nausea, shows how these problems may be addressed and resolved with psychotherapy without the use of medication."
- Philip Heller, M.D.

 

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Presented by Peter A. Crist, M.D. | Joined by Jackie Bosworth, M.D.
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 4:00PM to 5:00PM, ACO Campus, 4419 Route 27, Princeton NJ

Dr. Crist shares some insights about the story of a young girl he began seeing for therapy at the age of six. This is a new memoir story from his book-in-progress, All People Great and Small.

Dr. Crist, what prompted your patient's parents to bring her to you for treatment?

Dr. Crist: "She is a smart, precocious, and perceptive child who the parents described as, 'Bright, creative, delightful and charming. But she can also be a terror if things don't go her way.'  She had previously been seen by another therapist whose behavioral approach had not been effective. It was important to identify and recognize that behind her rigid behavior was terror. Trying to change her behavior without helping her handle the terror in her, brought more fear to the surface and intensified her behavior. Before her behavior could change, we needed to understand its function in managing her emotions. The story I will present gives the audience an intimate look into the world of using a different approach to help a remarkable child."

Were your patient's parents involved in her therapy?

Dr. Crist: "Yes, her parent's role in understanding and supporting their child's needs has been extremely important."

What do you hope people will take away from your presentation?

Dr. Crist: "Medical orgone therapy is a different way to treat emotional and behavioral problems that can be especially effective with children. But it's not just about resolving symptoms. In today's crazy world, ongoing therapeutic support to help children maintain their talents and health and cope with life's challenges is more important than ever.

Jackie Bosworth, M.D., joined Dr. Crist as discussant.

Dr. Crist will also offer a Readings Event on February 1, 易发棋牌 at the ACO Campus in Princeton. This will be his third reading from his book-in-progress All People Great and Small. Please mark your calendars.

 

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"The Importance of Parental Support in the Treatment of a Child"
Presented by Virginia Whitener, Ph.D. | Joined by Alberto Foglia, M.D.
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 4:00PM to 5:00PM, ACO Campus, 4419 Route 27, Princeton NJ

Dr. Whitener shares insights about her presentation:

"In the current social climate with emphasis on chemical imbalances, status and structure of the brain, medications, and PC protocol and political policies, it is important to get back to the basics regarding children. Fundamental to the health of children and our future society is the role of parenting - the connection and contact between parents and their children." - Virginia Whitener, Ph.D.

The series is free to attend. For more information about our upcoming events please visit our Event page.

 

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After six years and twenty movies, ACO Movie Night has taken the “show on the road!” Orgonomists Dr. Peter Crist and Dr. Susan Marcel along with ACO Executive Director Debra Sansanelli participated in a historic ACO Movie Night at Anchor House in Trenton, New Jersey. Anchor House, founded in 1978, takes 易发棋牌less and runaway youths off the street and reunites them with their families. Anchor House provides shelter, school outreach, transitional and supportive housing. Teens and Anchor House staff members attended the movie, Generation Found, a documentary about an alternative recovery high school for sober teens. Afterward, there was a lively and touching discussion about what matters to young people coping with drug addiction, sobriety and emotional health. It was heartening to make this kind of connection outside of our usual audience and we hope to do more programs like this in the nearby community.

For more information about scheduling an ACO Movie Night and discussion for your organization, please contact us at (732) 821-1144 or aco@

 

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"Right from the Start: Pregnancy, Birth and Emotion"
Presented by Susan Marcel, D.O. | Joined by Chris Burritt, D.O.
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 11:00AM to 12:00PM, ACO Campus, 4419 Route 27, Princeton NJ

On Mother's Day weekend, Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to noon at the ACO Campus in Princeton, NJ, Dr. Susan Marcel told about Anne, a patient who came to her for a second opinion after her previous psychiatrist gave her the devastating news that she could never have children. He had warned Anne that her anti-depressant medications could potentially cause birth defects. After several years of working with Dr. Marcel in psychotherapy, Anne was better able to manage her emotions and developed some stability. She and Dr. Marcel decided that she could be weaned from most of her medications and changed to one safe enough for her to consider getting pregnant. Find out what happened with Anne at Dr. Marcel's presentation, "Right from the Start: Pregnancy, Birth and Emotion," about the vital importance of the emotional care of pregnant women, infants, and expectant fathers during the prenatal, birthing and postnatal experiences.

Dr. Marcel addressed the ways midwives and obstetricians handle their emotionally difficult work environment. Dr. Chris Burritt joined her as discussant and shared his experience both as a psychiatrist and new father.

The series is free to attend. For more information about our upcoming events please visit our Event page.

 

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Special Event: The Second in a Series - All People Great and Small: Readings by Peter A. Crist, M.D.
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 4:00PM to 6:00PM, ACO Campus, 4419 Route 27, Princeton NJ

Psychiatrist and writer, Dr. Peter A. Crist, shared excerpts from his book-in-progress, All People Great and Small. The second in a series of readings, covering entirely new material, took place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM at the American College of Orgonomy (ACO) campus in Princeton, NJ. A reception followed. The book's title is an homage to James Herriot's several volumes of compelling accounts of life as a country vet. Dr. Crist's work is inspired by his medical training, his experiences caring for patients, his unique observations about growing up in an authoritarian era with non-authoritarian parents and his love of nature. The selections for this event included stories from his childhood, college years, medical training and time as a professor of psychiatry at UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School that together give a sense of how he became the kind of doctor he is today. Dr. Crist's writing is a window into what it was like to be a child entranced by the natural world and inquisitive about how people relate to each other, as well as an in-depth view of the impact his medical training and work as a doctor has had on the course of his life. Discussion will follow each of the readings.

Dr. Crist graduated from UCLA with an AB in Zoology and an MD degree. He is board certified in psychiatry, internal medicine, and medical orgonomy. He is in private practice in central New Jersey where he treats infants, children, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Crist is also president of the American College of Orgonomy (ACO), a non-profit, educational and scientific organization. He is on the faculty of the ACO training program for medical orgonomists and is chairman of their social orgonomy training committee and on its faculty. Dr. Crist has spoken in the US and abroad on a wide range of topics and has published numerous articles in the Journal of Orgonomy.

Read the US1 March 27, 2019 article with the ACO's views about the doctor-patient relationship - "American College of Orgonomy: The Vital Doctor-Patient Relationship"

Dr. Crist talks about his book, his 2018 reading and the upcoming event in our .

Dr. Crist will also offer a Readings Event on February 1, 易发棋牌 at the ACO Campus in Princeton. This will be his third reading from his book-in-progress All People Great and Small. Please mark your calendars. For more information about this and other upcoming events please visit our Event page.

 

 

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We are pleased to share with you an article with the ACO's views about the doctor-patient relationship which appeared in US1 on March 27, 2019 | "American College of Orgonomy: The Vital Doctor-Patient Relationship"

John suffered for years with manic depressive illness. At one point, suicidal feelings escalated so intensely he experienced an uncharacteristic panic attack. He scheduled an emergency session with his psychiatrist, Dr. Philip Heller, during which he revealed a secret he’d kept for years. Having finally found someone he could trust with his hidden thoughts, John discovered that telling them released a flood of emotions. Hear more about John on Saturday, April 13, from 4 to 5 p.m. when Dr. Heller presents, “Turning a Psychiatric Emergency into an Opportunity for Positive Change,” joined by Dee Apple, Ph.D. as discussant. This is the next in the American College of Orgonomy’s (ACO’s) “A Different Kind of Psychiatry” monthly case presentation series open to the public for free at the ACO campus near Kingston, NJ..

On Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to noon. Dr. Susan Marcel will tell you about Anne, a patient who came to her to for a second opinion after her previous psychiatrist gave her the devastating news that she could never have children. He had warned Anne that her anti-depressant medications could potentially cause birth defects. After several years of working with Dr. Marcel in psychotherapy, Anne was better able to manage her emotions and developed some stability. She and Dr. Marcel decided that she could be weaned from most of her medications and changed to one safe enough for her to consider getting pregnant. Find out what happened with Anne at Dr. Marcel’s presentation, “Right from the Start: Pregnancy, Birth and Emotion,” about the vital importance of the emotional care of pregnant women, infants, and expectant fathers during the prenatal, birthing and postnatal experiences. She’ll also address the ways midwives and obstetricians handle their emotionally difficult work environment. Dr. Chris Burritt will join her as discussant and will share his experience both as a psychiatrist and new father.

The significance of personal relationships in addressing emotional problems will be brought out the following month when Virginia Whitener, Ph.D., presents “The Importance of Parental Support in the Treatment of a Child” on Saturday, June 1, from 4 to 5 p.m. with Alberto Foglia, M.D. as discussant. (For details about this and other upcoming presentations, follow the “Event” page at: www..)

The ACO’s series of case presentations and discussions offers the unique opportunity to learn about actual cases involving people helped by ACO-trained doctors (See ). Upcoming events that showcase this functional approach to human emotional problems cover the gamut from a specific psychiatric crisis to the universal reality of childbirth to the relationship between child and parents.

Depression, anxiety and other psychiatric and emotional problems are intimately connected with how people handle their feelings and are not merely biochemical disorders that can only be treated with medications. The ACO offers this series to inform the public about a different approach to psychiatric and emotional problems that helps people live with their emotions in more satisfying ways. (Also, see “ in the Winter Wellness, January 16, 2019 issue of US1.)

For more information about the ACO’s events, therapy referral service and training programs, contact the American College of Orgonomy. 易发棋牌Phone 732-821-1144; Email: aco@; Websites:

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In today’s world, many people, including children, adolescents and adults of all ages are more stressed out, anxious and depressed than ever. Many are detoured by apparent quick fixes without knowing that lasting solutions are available.

The board certified doctors affiliated with Princeton’s American College of Orgonomy (ACO) know that to achieve long-term effects requires time — time to develop a relationship of genuine trust between doctor and patient. Together they can then address painful emotional problems. ACO-trained doctors work with their patients to help them face the causes underlying their symptoms. With this kind of focus and approach, patients can lead fuller, more satisfying lives.

In an effort to share how ACO therapists work, the College is hosting a monthly series of hour-long presentations with open discussion that showcase a doctor’s work with specific patients. These are free of charge and open to the public. The next meeting, on Saturday, April 13, features Dr. Philip Heller’s treatment of a patient who experienced a psychiatric emergency that was turned into an opportunity for positive change. On Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 11, Dr. Susan Marcel will focus on the vital importance of the emotional care of pregnant women, infants, and expectant fathers during the prenatal, birthing and postnatal experiences. She will also address the ways midwives and obstetricians handle their emotionally difficult work environment. (For more information about these presentations, see )

To understand the different approach offered by ACO therapists, visit the website: . If you are interested in finding a therapist in your area or want to learn about the process of becoming a therapist, you will find that information, as well.

For a more personal view of one therapist, Dr. Peter Crist, president of the ACO, will offer readings from his memoir in progress, All People Great and Small, during a special event at the ACO campus on Saturday, April 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. His selections will include stories from his childhood, college years, medical training and time as a professor of psychiatry at UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School that together give a sense of how he became the kind of doctor he is today. Admission for this presentation is $45. Reception will follow.

Board certified in internal medicine and psychiatry, Dr. Crist notes: “Many of my patients bring up their medical problems during their psychotherapy sessions. I realized it’s a rare uninterrupted block of time for them to talk to a physician they trust. It’s a sad reflection on the current state of medicine in which primary care physicians lack the time to really listen to their patients. For several thousand years the doctor-patient relationship has been one of the most significant as well as intensely emotional and intimate of all human bonds. At the ACO, we continue to train doctors in the tradition of the sacred, healing relationship between doctors and patients that dates back to Hippocrates and before.”

For more information about the ACO’s events, therapy referral service and training programs, contact the American College of Orgonomy. 易发棋牌Phone 732-821-1144; Email: aco@; Websites: .

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Based on the best-selling memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction.

ACO Movie Night & Open Discussion explored the vital emotional contact and courage needed to face the deadly disease of addiction. Dee Apple, Ph.D. and Susan Marcel, D.O. led the open discussion after the film. 

Admission to Movie Night is free. For more information about our upcoming events please visit our Event page.

 

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"Marijuana: Parents Matter" presented by Dee Apple, Ph.D. | Discussant: Edward Chastka, M.D. Saturday, January 19, 2019, 4:00PM to 5:00PM, ACO Campus, Princeton NJ

Dr. Apple shares his insights about his presentation:

“There’s a lot of confusing data and confused opinions out in the media and in the world about whether marijuana is harmful or not. But research shows two things that are absolutely clear: High THC levels in cannabis absolutely disrupt adolescent development. And the younger an adolescent is when he or she uses, the more seriously their brains and nervous systems are disrupted and delayed, and their capacity for contact with themselves and the world compromised. This sets them up for problems as they mature and take on harder challenges in life, making things worse as time goes on.

Whether cannabis is legalized or not, how parents address these difficult issues with their child is crucial.

We cannot completely prevent our children’s exposure to marijuana, as, for example, it is present in most schools. Social development is important, and as your child hangs out with their friends, exposure is likely going to occur. There’s no way around that, and how parents deal with that challenge and threat to their child’s health is critical.

My presentation was of interest to parents of teenagers or pre-teens. I showed the full range of responses to how specific parents handled their child’s interest in or use of marijuana, from parents who are clear and firm with their kids to parents who have difficulty acting like parents, who do not want to take charge or go up against their children in what is a very challenging situation.

This presentation led into a discussion about unique situations that arise in addressing the current problems with marijuana. There were lots of great questions from parents and I appreciated getting feedback about how they have dealt with their own children. -- Dee Apple, Ph.D.

The series is free to attend. For information about the series, visit our Events page.

 

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Dr. Chastka

A Different Kind of Psychiatry | ACO Clinical Case Presentation & Open Discussion | Marijuana: Saying No


On Saturday, December 15, 2018, Edward Chastka, M.D. presented "Marijuana: Saying No."Joining Dr. Chastka was Philip Heller, M.D., as the discussant. 4:00PM to 5:00PM, ACO Campus, 4419 Route 27, Princeton NJ.

Dr. Chastka's presentation was an opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn how one medical orgone therapist makes a difference in treating young people with emotional problems and cannabis abuse. Dr. Chastka discussed a young man's transformation from using marijuana to escape life's problems to trying to commit to stay clean and sober.

The series is free to attend. For more information about our upcoming events please visit our Event page.

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A Different Kind of Psychiatry | An Adolescent Comes Out of the Fog of Marijuana


The first event in the ACO's new monthly series of clinical case presentations and discussions on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 4:00PM to 5:00PM at the ACO campus in Princeton was "An Adolescent Comes Out of the Fog of Marijuana" by Peter A. Crist, M.D. Joining Dr. Crist was Dale Rosin, D.O. as discussant. Dr. Crist shares his insights about the new series and the upcoming case presentation.

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Dr. Crist:
"Medical orgone therapy can treat a wide range of conditions. Unfortunately, the type of therapy we do is not as well-known as we would like it to be. Dr. Rosin suggested that one way to spread the word would be to host a regular series open to the public where the ACO medical orgonomists could present cases they have treated. We decided monthly presentations would be a good way to inform people about what we do and tell family, friends and other new people about it."

The first three presentations in the series were marijuana related cases. Why is that?


Dr. Crist: "We had such a great response to our recent ACO-sponsored forum, Problems with Marijuana, that we wanted to continue the discussion and offer the public the opportunity to hear first-hand from therapists in the trenches about how medical orgone therapy makes a difference in treating problems related to marijuana use. Subsequent presentations have explored the treatment of other emotional difficulties."

Why did you choose the particular case you presented on November 17?

Dr. Crist: "The case that I presented is one that I wrote up for the Journal of Orgonomy in 2002 about an adolescent I treated who had problems with marijuana. What strikes me about the case is that the basic problems it illustrates are just as true now as they were then. In fact, it's almost as if it could have been written today. It shows what's happening with young people, especially kids who have a lot of heart. They don't know how to live in the world we're in and, as this case clearly shows, medical orgone therapy can help young people find different ways to tolerate their feelings and live with them, which is the basic goal of therapy."

Did your patient have other problems in addition to marijuana use?

Dr. Crist: "The patient's basic problem was what we refer to as people 'going out of contact' as a way of handling unpleasant emotions, which is really what all drug-related problems are--the person trying to handle intolerable feelings by using the drug to go out of touch with them. Marijuana has been referred to as the "care-less" drug because it can put the user in a state of feeling fine and not being bothered by anything. My patient's attitude about his family, school and life in general was '"who cares?"'--and it became clear to me as treatment progressed that marijuana mimicked his character attitude."

What was your approach with him?

Dr. Crist: "The case illustrates using the character analytic approach (an approach to therapy in which we deal with the person's typical defenses, or the typical way they handle their emotions). Rather than dealing with his use of marijuana as a moral issue, I worked with him to help him see how he used the drug to reinforce his usual attitude, and to learn how to tolerate his feelings without smoking pot. As he began to tolerate feeling more as we dealt with his tendency to not care, it became clear that he cared a great deal, which is why things were so difficult for him. He was actually a sensitive and caring young man. He showed many of the features of other young people with drug and alcohol problems who I've treated."

What did parents learn?

Dr. Crist: "The case shows how important working with the young man's mother was, and I was excited about sharing with parents a new perspective about how to deal with marijuana use other than seeing it as something they just have to allow their kids to do, or be hard-assed about. Neither tactic works with young people. Young people need guidance but will resist people telling them what to do. The approach I used with my patient was to help him come to see things for himself rather than tell him what to see or do. It takes patience.

I think adults in general got a lot out of this case because it offers hope. Many people have a 'doom and gloom' attitude about young people today, and I want to open people's perspectives so that they can see that young people have good hearts and can find ways to live in the world with who they are and what they feel."

The series is free to attend. For more information about our upcoming events please visit our Event page.

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易发棋牌Special West Coast Event - Social Orgonomy Series Presentation: "Are You Satisfied with Your Work Life?" | Presented by Peter A. Crist, M.D. | Saturday, December 8, 2018 | Pacific Resident Theatre, 705 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA, 1:00PM to 3:00PM. Free to attend.

for a sample of some of the unique insights Dr. Crist shared at this presentation.

with Dr. Crist for the backstory on his presentation and California visit and event.

to hear Dr. Crist tell about how he helped an employee discover his work life satisfaction.

Find Joy in Your Work

Thanks to the generosity of Orson Bean, renowned actor, comedian and author of Me and the Orgone, and encouragement from Lalo Schifrin, musician, conductor and Oscar award winning composer, Peter A. Crist, M.D. presented “Are You Satisfied with Your Work Life?” on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Pacific Resident Theater, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA. The presentation was followed by a reception and short update by Dr. Crist on the ACO and our progress over the last several decades.

Dr. Crist’s background in psychiatry and business consulting underlies a distinctive, functional approach to work that can be used by anyone—actors, doctors, lawyers, businesspeople and corporate employees—whether you are self-employed or part of a company. He notes, “Identifying an individual’s specific work nature is important for helping them find satisfaction in work that suits them.”

The approach used by Dr. Crist can also help organizations function more productively and profitably with genuine expansion—the organizational equivalent of individual satisfaction and joy.

Dr. Crist is president of the ACO. He received his AB in Zoology and MD degree from UCLA. He is board certified in psychiatry, internal medicine, and medical orgonomy. He is in private practice near Princeton NJ and is president and CEO of ergonexus LLC, a business consulting practice with a functional approach to organizational problems, work relationships and consulting with individuals from executives to staff.

While in California, Dr. Crist also arranged private, work-life consulting sessions from Sunday, December 9 through Wednesday, December 12. If you are interested in more information, including his fees, contact him at peteracrist@comcast.com.

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Interview with Peter A. Crist, M.D. | A Different Kind of Psychiatry: Monthly Series - ACO Clinical Case Presentations & Discussions | "An Adolescent Comes Out of the Fog of Marijuana"

The first event in the ACO’s new monthly series of clinical case presentations and discussions was held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 4:00PM to 5:00PM at the ACO campus in Princeton is “An Adolescent Comes Out of the Fog of Marijuana” by Peter A. Crist, M.D. Dr. Joining Dr. Crist was Dale Rosin, D.O. as discussant. Dr. Crist shares his insights about the new series and his case presentation.

Dr. Crist, what was the inspiration for this series?

Dr. Crist: “Medical orgone therapy can treat a wide range of conditions. Unfortunately, the type of therapy we do is not as well-known as we would like it to be. Dr. Rosin suggested that one way to spread the word would be to host a regular series open to the public where the ACO medical orgonomists could present cases they have treated. We decided monthly presentations would be a good way to inform people about what we do and tell family, friends and other new people about it.”

The first three presentations in the series are on marijuana related cases. Why is that?

Dr. Crist: “We had such a great response to our recent ACO-sponsored forum, Problems with Marijuana, that we wanted to continue the discussion and offer the public the opportunity to hear first-hand from therapists in the trenches about how medical orgone therapy makes a difference in treating problems related to marijuana use. Subsequent presentations will explore the treatment of other emotional difficulties.”

Why did you choose the particular case you will present on November 17?

Dr. Crist: “The case that I presented is one that I wrote up for the Journal of Orgonomy in 2002 about an adolescent I treated who had problems with marijuana. What strikes me about the case is that the basic problems it illustrates are just as true now as they were then. In fact, it’s almost as if it could have been written today. It shows what’s happening with young people, especially kids who have a lot of heart. They don’t know how to live in the world we’re in and, as this case clearly shows, medical orgone therapy can help young people find different ways to tolerate their feelings and live with them, which is the basic goal of therapy.”

Did your patient have other problems in addition to marijuana use?

Dr. Crist: “The patient’s basic problem was what we refer to as people ‘going out of contact’ as a way of handling unpleasant emotions, which is really what all drug-related problems are--the person trying to handle intolerable feelings by using the drug to go out of touch with them. Marijuana has been referred to as the “care-less” drug because it can put the user in a state of feeling fine and not being bothered by anything. My patient’s attitude about his family, school and life in general was ‘“who cares?"’—and it became clear to me as treatment progressed that marijuana mimicked his character attitude.”

What was your approach with him?

Dr. Crist: “The case illustrates using the character analytic approach (an approach to therapy in which we deal with the person’s typical defenses, or the typical way they handle their emotions). Rather than dealing with his use of marijuana as a moral issue, I worked with him to help him see how he used the drug to reinforce his usual attitude, and to learn how to tolerate his feelings without smoking pot. As he began to tolerate feeling more as we dealt with his tendency to not care, it became clear that he cared a great deal, which is why things were so difficult for him. He was actually a sensitive and caring young man. He showed many of the features of other young people with drug and alcohol problems who I’ve treated.”

Why should young people come to these presentations?

Dr. Crist: “I encourage young people to come so they can see a different way to handle their emotions and also find out that there are people who can help them deal with their feelings without needing to use drugs or alcohol to manage them.”

What will parents learn?

Dr. Crist: “My case also showed how important working with the young man’s mother was, and I’m excited about sharing with parents a new perspective about how to deal with marijuana use other than seeing it as something they just have to allow their kids to do, or be hard-assed about. Neither tactic works with young people. Young people need guidance but will resist people telling them what to do. The approach I used with my patient was to help him come to see things for himself rather than tell him what to see or do. It takes patience.

I think adults in general--whether they are parents or not--will get a lot out our upcoming presentations because it offers hope. Many people have a ‘doom and gloom’ attitude about young people today, and we want to open people’s perspectives so that they can see that young people have good hearts and can find ways to live in the world with who they are and what they feel.”

The series is free to attend. Seating is limited and advance registration is recommended. Visit our Events page for information about upcoming presentations.

 

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The ACO Meets the Press

Last year the ACO’s Social Orgonomy Series presentation by ACO Clinical Associate, Dee Apple, Ph.D. on “Legalized Pot: What are the Consequences?” on October 7, 2017 was not without controversy. In attendance was an outspoken, pro-marijuana legalization lobbyist with whom Dr. Apple engaged. He deftly turned what could have been a negative confrontation into a constructive discussion between two opposing viewpoints.

The ACO felt that although controversial, the problems with marijuana use was a good topic to expand on to bring our unique view to the world. So the following year, on October 6, 2018, the ACO held the “Problems with Marijuana” forum at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ which tackled the abundance of misinformation about marijuana and marijuana use by young adults. The forum featured a nationally recognized expert with many years of research experience who had consulted with the New Jersey legislature on the subject; two mothers representing internationally renowned websites promoting marijuana education; and ACO therapists presented cases involving individuals who lives were disrupted by the drug. In addition, the audience had the rare opportunity to hear how one drug-free teenager manages a world where marijuana use by her peers in and outside of school is common; and from another young person willing to share details about her recovery from substance abuse.

Prior to the forum, Mr. James Nash, the New Jersey statehouse reporter for Gannett News (The Record and USA Today Network) interviewed Edward Chastka, M.D., ACO Clinical Associate and co-coordinator of the forum. In a story about groups opposed to legalization which was published on September 24, 2018, Mr. Nash mentioned the ACO and the forum, and quoted Dr. Chastka.

On Oct. 6, another group opposed to legalization, the American College of Orgonomy, is hosting a workshop at Rutgers University titled "Problems with Marijuana."

The Princeton-based group, a niche medical organization devoted to the study of bioenergy as a solution to psychological disorders, contends that marijuana impairs brain function and causes psychosis in a segment of users.

"Is marijuana a safe substance to use recreationally?" said Dr. Edward Chastka, a Pennsylvania psychiatrist and addiction specialist who will speak at the Oct. 6 forum. "We have decades of experience showing us that it is not." .

Mr. Nash attended the forum as did Mr. Nick Muscavage, another reporter from the same news service. Mr. Muscavage subsequently wrote an article which contained inaccuracies and distortions about the forum and the ACO which was published on October 9, 2018 in the Courier News. .

In response to this article, Dr. Apple, co-coordinator of the forum, wrote a letter to the managing editor of the Courier News to provide the facts and set the record straight, which the paper published on October 17, 2018. .

Another article appeared on the front page of the Rutgers University newspaper, The Daily Targum, on October 11, 2018. Written by news editor Mr. Ryan Stiesi, the ACO was incorrectly referred to as an “anti-marijuana legalization group,” and the article stated that the work of Wilhelm Reich has been labeled a pseudoscience by the scientific community. Dr. Apple wrote a letter in response to the editor in chief of the Targum, who responded by suggesting he instead submit an op-ed piece. Dr. Apple did so, but it was not published. Further, on October 16, 2018, the Targum published a pro-marijuana editorial, again referencing the ACO as an anti-marijuana group, which is most likely the reason neither Dr. Apple’s letter or op-ed submission was published.

Read Dr. Apple’s unpublished letter and op-ed piece.

Read the Targum’s

Finally, after reading the Targum's pro-mariuana editorial, Dr. Apple wrote one final as yet unpublished letter to the Targum. Read letter.

With legalization still on the horizon in New Jersey, the ACO recognizes that continuing the discussion about marijuana and young people is more important now than ever before. The ACO’s new monthly series of clinical case presentations which began in November has featured presentations on the subject by Dr. Peter Crist and Dr. Edward Chastka. Coming up on Saturday, January 19, 2018 Dr. Apple will be presenting “Marijuana: Parents Matter” which focuses on the crucial role of parents.

We hope you will join us in the New Year for this event as we continue to focus on a topic that remains both timely and controversial.

 

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Doctors and other professionals working in the trenches with drug addiction tackled the abundance of misinformation about marijuana and marijuana use by young adults. “Problems with Marijuana: An ACO Sponsored Forum” featured a variety of speakers from different walks of life who offered their perspective on the subject. The event took place on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Rutgers University Conference Center in New Brunswick, NJ.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Theodore Petti, is a nationally recognized expert with many years of research experience who has consulted with the New Jersey legislature on the subject. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and President of the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Petti has spoken across the globe on issues related to cannabis in adolescents and emerging adults.

Representatives from two internationally renowned websites promoting marijuana education—Julie Schauer, founder of Parents Opposed to Pot, and Kimberly Hartke representing Moms Strong—offered their views on marijuana use by young people.

ACO president Peter A. Crist, M.D. introduced the program, and therapists Dee Apple, Ph.D., Edward Chastka, M.D. and Dale Rosin, D.O. presented cases involving individuals whose lives were disrupted by marijuana.

There was also a rare opportunity to hear how one drug-free teenager manages a world where marijuana use by her peers in and outside of school is common; and from another young person willing to share details about her recovery from substance abuse. A question-and-answer section allowing the audience to interact with the presenters concluded the program.

Visit our Events page for information about our new ACO Clinical Case Presentation & Discussion Series where on Saturday, November 17, 2018 Peter A. Crist, M.D. will present "An Adolescent Comes Out of the Fog of Marijuana." The series is free to attend. Mailer.

Forum co-coordinators and presenters, Dr. Dee Apple and Dr. Edward Chastka talk about the forum in our new videos on the .

 

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On Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 7:00PM at the ACO Campus in Princeton, NJ, ACO Movie Night & Open Discussion featured The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith and his son, Jaden, who bring to life the true story of Chris Gardner, a single father struggling to step up from the bottom rung of the ladder while valiantly protecting and providing for his young son in 1980s San Francisco.

When Chris’ wife leaves him, he has no job, no 易发棋牌 and a five-year-old son to care for. Their salvation may lie in an unpaid internship at a prestigious brokerage firm where Chris hopes to secure a job at the end of six months, but meanwhile the pair must survive by living in 易发棋牌less shelters. Chris pushes himself to the breaking point trying to create a better life, all the while focusing on nurturing his son and keeping him from knowing the direness of their situation.

Peter A. Crist, M.D. and Susan Marcel, D.O. led the open discussion after the film.

Drs. Crist and Marcel talk about "The Pursuit of Happyness" and ACO Movie Night & Open Discussion in our .

 

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We are pleased to announce that ACO Clinical Associate, Susan Marcel, D.O. was interviewed on the web series The Cunningham Piano Show. The piano is a daily refuge and a source of healing for Dr. Marcel, and in the video she talks about the art of listening and the therapeutic benefits of making music. Dr. Marcel also performs. 易发棋牌Dee Apple易发棋牌

Saturday, March 24, 2018 | ACO Movie Night & Open Discussion featuring the documentary Generation Found | A powerful documentary that tells the story of one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their 易发棋牌town. | ACO Campus, Princeton NJ, 7:00PM. Free Admission.

Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston, Texas faced the reality of locking up its young people at an alarming rate, or burying them. So in one of America’s biggest cities, people from all walks of life came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community.

Generation Found, independently filmed over the course of two years, takes an unprecedented and intimate look at how a system of treatment centers, sober high schools, alternative peer groups and collegiate recovery programs can exist in concert to intervene early and provide a real and tested long-term alternative to the “War on Drugs.” It is not only a deeply personal story, but one with real-world utility for communities struggling with addiction worldwide.

Dee Apple, Ph.D. and Susan Marcel, D.O. led the open discussion after the film. Dr. Apple is a clinical psychologist with over forty years on the front lines working with adults, adolescents, and young people who have battled substance abuse problems. Dr. Marcel is a psychiatrist with 25 years experience treating adults and adolescents suffering with depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance abuse. 

with Drs. Apple and Marcel discussing the film. A more is also available. For more information about our upcoming events please visit our Event page.

 

易发棋牌Dr. Peter Crist

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, business consultant and psychiatrist, Dr. Peter A. Crist read from his book-in-process, All People Great and Small, at the American College of Orgonomy campus in Princeton, NJ. The book's title is an homage to James Herriot's books of compelling stories about life as a country vet. Dr. Crist's work is inspired by his medical training, his experiences dealing with patients who have come and gone throughout his life, and his unique observations about growing up in an authoritarian world with non-authoritarian parents. The selections he read spanned from childhood to adulthood and from personal to professional. Dr. Crist's writing is a window into what it was like for him growing up as a sensitive child entranced by nature and inquisitive about how people relate to each other, as well as an in-depth view of the impact his medical training and work as a doctor caring for people had on the course of his life. Discussion of the experiences followed each selection.

Dr. Crist graduated from U.C.L.A. with an A.B. in Zoology and an M.D. degree. He is board certified in psychiatry, internal medicine, and medical orgonomy. Dr. Crist is in private practice in central New Jersey where he treats infants, children, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Crist also is president and CEO of ergonexus LLC, a business consulting practice with a functional approach to organizational problems, work relationships and individuals from executives to staff. In addition, he is president of the American College of Orgonomy (ACO), a non-profit, educational and scientific organization. He is on the faculty of the ACO training program for medical orgonomists and is chairman of their social orgonomy training committee and on its faculty. He has spoken in the U.S. and abroad on a wide range of topics and has published numerous articles in the Journal of Orgonomy. Dr. Crist talks about his book in our

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On Saturday, December 2, 2017, ACO Movie Night & Open Discussion featured Lion, a tale of loss and heartache as well as hope and love. Alberto Foglia, M.D. and Susan Marcel, D.O lead the open discussion after the film. Watch Drs. Foglia and Marcel talk about this film and the powerful impact of loving relationships in our .

 

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with Dee Apple, Ph.D. discussing marijuana and his upcoming Social Orgonomy presentatation, "Legalized Pot: What are the Consequences?"

of a discussion about marijuana led by Dr. Dee Apple. Joining him are ACO Clinical Associates Susan Marcel, D.O., Chris Burritt, D.O. and Alberto Foglia, M.D.

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易发棋牌AOn Saturday, July 15, 2017, ACO Movie Night & Open Discussion featured the delightful and moving independent drama, Dear Frankie. Set in Scotland, the film features Emily Mortimer as Lizzie, mother of Frankie (Jack McElhone), a deaf and highly intelligent 9-year-old. Constantly uprooting themselves and relocating from town to town, Lizzie and Frankie are on the run from Frankie’s abusive father, a fact unknown to the boy, who believes his dad is a seaman who lovingly sends him letters about his travels to exotic lands. In fact, Lizzie has been writing these letters and is faced with a challenge when Frankie discovers the ship he believes his father is on will be docking nearby. A desperate Lizzie hires a kind, handsome stranger (Gerard Butler) to play Frankie's dad, creating bittersweet situations in this simple, understated film that has great depth and emotional impact. At Movie Night we xplored the vital relationships children and adults need in order to feel safe and allow themselves to be vulnerable and open to love. We also discussed how we communicate and connect with words and actions that go beyond words. Susan Marcel, D.O. led the discussion.

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Dr. Susan Marcel discusses Relationships in Dear Frankie

Dr. Susan Marcel discusses Communication and Perception in Dear Franke

 

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On Saturday, June 3, 2017, the American College of Orgonomy offered a Half-Day Introductory Laboratory Course at the ACO Campus in Princeton, N.J. Dr. Dee Apple, director of the course, shares some insights about this unique opportunity to learn about the science of orgonomy.

Why did the ACO decide to offer a new Half-day Introductory Laboratory course this year?

Dr. Apple: “The idea originated out of the success of the Lab Open House the ACO held last spring. It was a fun day for everyone, and there was a lot of interest expressed in the lab course. We decided to offer a half-day course this time to reach out and offer an opportunity to people eager to learn about the science of orgonomy. This was something new, a bit of an experiment in itself for the ACO, and as we put things together we were excited about how it was taking shape.

We had new students along with long-time students and ACO supporters who wanted another chance to experience the lab course. It was a great opportunity for people to get a taste of what we have to offer and hopefully be hungry for more. We also had a few students who already took the longer course that we offer and are excited to get into the lab again not just for a refresher, but because they genuinely enjoyed the lab experience the first time.”

How were you able to condense so much into just a half day course?

Dr. Apple: “When we conduct our full two to four day lab course, we frequently stress the importance of observations and perceptions and not just making assumptions about things or jumping to conclusions. So, our half-day lab course, like all our lab courses, concentrated on the importance of hands-on experience and experiential learning without the more cognitive lecture components of the more extensive course.
We also decided to  give the students advance online access to materials from lectures and readings so that they came into the course already prepped and primed to learn. One other outcome has been that the college has now created a very attractive and useful webpage for students, which will work well for future lab courses as well. Rather than hearing lectures during this lab course, the students were more focused on observing, seeing, feeling and experiencing - making real contact with - the experiments and demonstrations during the lab course.
They looked into microscopes; seeing how Wilhelm Reich discovered bions; experienced the Reich Blood Test; observed the energetic atmosphere and learned to use the DOR Index to quantifying their observations. Students saw firsthand how an orgone energy accumulator is constructed, and experienced the accumulator for themselves. They also observed Reich’s important To-T experiment, a “bombshell in physics,” and observed and used the electroscope, which Reich considered a most sensitive tool to changes in orgone energy and weather conditions.

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US1 Interview with Peter A. Crist, M.D. | American College of Orgonomy: A Different Kind of Psychiatrist | Reprinted from the March 29, 2017, "Doctor's Day" issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper

For most, the word "psychiatrist" conjures up a doctor who prescribes medications for a biochemical mental disorder.

Dr. Peter A. Crist, president of the American College of Orgonomy (ACO) in Princeton, says his organization has a different perspective about mental and emotional health. “We train physicians in a form of therapy that integrates Freud’s talking cure with a new approach of understanding where people hold emotions in their body. This therapy enables people to tolerate anxiety, find a healthy outlet for their feelings, and live with the full intensity of emotions with little or no medication.”

A key difference between typical therapists and the ACO doctors is their training program in which physicians are trained to be keen observers of how their patients communicate. Notes Dr. Crist: “We’re focused on what we call ‘character’ — the underlying ways people handle their emotions. Our doctors are skilled in observing their patients — how they express themselves verbally or with body language. The three tools we may use to treat emotional problems include character analysis, addressing how a person breathes, and direct work on muscle tension. Our doctors learn how to observe and understand what’s happening emotionally with patients, far beyond words.”

Because of its non-verbal aspects, the therapy has great success with young children. The youngest patient Dr. Crist ever treated was a 13-month-old little girl. Her dad’s seizures required the mom to be the major breadwinner, but her absence distressed the little girl. “They brought their daughter to me after she stood at the top of the stairs hitting herself in the head saying, ‘No, no, no!’ The girl was anxious and clingy with her mother and once on the treatment couch, she clenched her jaws and closed her eyes. I got the girl’s attention by having her follow a penlight. Then I gently held her mouth open and she let loose crying — a huge voice of miserable sadness. After the first session, she started talking more than she ever had. To contain her misery, she’d held back everything.”

Another patient, in his mid-20s, diagnosed with ADHD as a child, took prescription drugs for years. After an episode of anxiety caused him to be hospitalized, he heard about Dr. Crist working physically with patients to improve perceptions. Says Dr. Crist: “We started working on his ability to literally look around the room and see things more clearly. After these exercises, he said, ‘Every time I do them I get the same feeling I got taking ADHD drugs. They focus me and calm me down but without the medications.”

This approach to therapy is based on the work of Dr. Wilhelm Reich, a student and colleague of Freud’s. Dr. Crist notes, “Reich said all of psychopathology can be boiled down to the fear of the spontaneous. Tolerating spontaneous emotions is what we’re about. The word ‘courage’ comes from the French word for ‘heart.’ It’s taken on the narrow meaning of living from one’s heart in the face of fear. I prefer its original meaning of living fully from our hearts with who we are as human beings. That’s what true courage is. At the ACO we’re are all about helping more people live from their hearts.”

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Susan Marcel, D.O. Discusses 28 Days for the ACO Movie Night & Open Discussion | March 18, 2017
28 Days
is a dramatic comedy that takes a serious look at the problem of substance abuse and its consequences, starring Sandra Bullock starring as Gwen, a woman caught up in a lifestyle of hard partying with alcohol and drugs that is destroying everything, including herself. Forced to go into rehabilitation by the court, she rebels against the program until she gets a wake-up call and finally sees what addiction is doing to herself and to others. Raymond Mero, D.O. and Susan Marcel, D.O. led the open discussion following the film. Visit our Events page for information about future Movie Nights and other upcoming events.

 

 

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Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Social Orgonomy Series Presentation - "A Functional Look at Alcohol & Drug Addiction" by Edward Chastka, M.D., Princeton NJ Addicts can often feel helpless but they do not have to feel hopeless. There are better ways to treat people with substance abuse histories that improve their chances for success. As part of the ACO's Social Orgonomy Presentation Series, Dr. Edward Chastka presented "A Functional Look at Alcohol and Drug Addiction." The presentation drew on Dr. Chastka's twenty years of experience treating drug addicts and alcoholics and took place on Saturday, February 4 at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in Princeton, NJ.

"The current treatment for addicts is often a revolving door," states Dr. Chastka. "Modern medical and psychiatric training does not adequately prepare doctors to treat addiction. Patients are detoxified from their drugs, receive some medication and counseling, and are then released to outpatient programs where they frequently relapse. The underlying social, family and emotional causes of the addiction are rarely addressed. Patients in early recovery often suffer overwhelming guilt and pain but have lost the coping mechanisms most of us use to defend ourselves. This leads back to depression and anxiety, which the patient seeks to escape with more drugs or alcohol." Medical orgone therapy breaks this cycle.

"Addiction invades life like a cancer and gradually replaces social and emotional connections; at the same time it destroys our natural character defenses against stress and anxiety. Once the drugs are withdrawn in a supervised manner, the medical orgonomist helps strengthen the patient by helping them rebuild their natural defenses. The addict learns to acknowledge how destructive the addiction is for themselves and their loved ones. Their ability to think and feel has been damaged by the substance abuse and with appropriate therapy, they can learn to tolerate emotions and express them appropriately." Dr. Chastka says, "One of the key components to recovery is the rebuilding of social support and an acceptance of rational authority. 12-step support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous provide the patient with both a sense of belonging and a group of peers who help each other stay clean and sober. They encourage the addict to develop a spiritual connection with a higher power which helps re-establish authority in their lives."

Dr. Chastka graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Drama and an M.D. degree and is board-certified in psychiatry. Dr. Chastka is in private practice in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where he treats children, adolescents, adults, and families. He has consulted for the past 16 years at Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, founded a dual-diagnosis clinic for indigent patients at The Reading Hospital in Pennsylvania, and is currently supervising family practice residents in psychiatry and addiction from Lancaster General Hospital, Reading Hospital, and Lehigh Valley Hospital. He is a Clinical Associate of the American College of Orgonomy (ACO) and coordinator of the ACO Sociopolitical Orgonomy Course. He has also spoken on a wide range of topics as well as published numerous articles in the Journal of Orgonomy. This interview appeared in 's Winter Wellness Edition on January 18th.

 

 

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ACO Movie Night & Open Discussion on Saturday, December 3, 2016 featured Lincoln starring Daniel-Day Lewis. Alberto Foglia, M.D. and Susan Marcel, D.O. discuss Lincoln in the video below .

Posted November 22 - Lincoln's Thaddeus Stevens

 

Posted November 7 - Lincoln's Heart, Lincoln's Mind


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Interview with Dr. Charles Konia and Dr. Virginia Whitener re: Reich & Freud Revisited: Conversations with Dr. Charles Konia

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, the American College of Orgonomy presented Reich & Freud Revisited: Conversations with
Dr. Charles Konia at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ. Dr. Konia and Dr. Virginia Whitener (editor, director and producer of the 2014 staged reading of Dr. Konia’s work On the Shoulders of a Giant on which this presentation is based) both share some insights about the event.

Dr. Whitener, you worked very closely with Dr. Konia on the 2014 production of On the Shoulders of a Giant. Please tell us your thoughts about it and the history behind it.

Dr. Whitener: “On the Shoulders of a Giant written by Dr. Konia is of profound importance. It is a story of two men, two giants, who persevered against incredible odds and the social conditions of their time to study human problems and work to improve social ills and alleviate human suffering. The clip seen on YouTube of Freud's last public spoken words, and the only known recording of his voice, is moving. He begins, “I started my professional activity as a neurologist trying to bring relief to my neurotic patients” and ends with “the struggle is not over.” This was December 7, 1938. He had fled to England to escape the Nazis, had incurable, painful jaw cancer, and a year later, at his request his doctor gave him a lethal dose of medication. He was 83.

Reich began as a student of Freud while in medical school, meeting him in Vienna in 1919. They had a vital and lively working relationship. Reich made many important discoveries, developed and introduced new procedures and innovations to psychoanalysis until parting with Freud under philosophical and clinical differences. There was political intrigue within the psychoanalytic community as well as severe, threatening events on the European continent because of and in the aftermath of World War I, social unrest and disaster, and the subsequent rise of communism and Nazism. Reich left Europe for Norway and then emigrated to the US, literally on the last boat. His books and published works, 6 tons of them, were incinerated by the FDA in New York in 1956, the only government-initiated book burning in American history. He died amidst government persecution in 1957 at age 60.”

Dr. Konia, we were very excited about you discussing your work On the Shoulders of a Giant on October 1st. Would you give us some of your thoughts about the event?

Dr. Konia: “I very much enjoyed sharing with the public an appreciation of the importance of Reich and Freud as well as knowledge about these two great individuals and their relationship. I think their relationship is of central importance because people don’t usually know of the close association between them. Sadly, there has been a strong attempt by some to deride, ignore and evade the significance of these two scientists. In fact, Reich and Freud both had a profound effect in directing the course of our society, and that’s something that I wanted to make people aware of.”

Dr. Whitener, what do you think in general about the quality and accuracy of information that is available on the Internet or that has been published about Reich and Freud and their relationship?

Dr. Whitener: “There is much misinformation about Reich and Freud, individually and collectively, about their relationship, their viewpoints and their position in history.  Some of the material presented in On the Shoulders of a Giant is not readily or easily available and is not typically known, and some has only recently come to light.

Dr. Konia's script is of historical importance. The work chronicles clinical issues, past and present, and includes valuable clinical insights regarding the evolution and development of psychoanalysis, character analysis and the current practice of medical orgone therapy. Also included are particular social concerns of Reich and Freud, both what they agreed on and what they had vastly differing viewpoints on, and which ultimately played a part in the disruption of their personal face-to-face and organizational relationships. Despite the differences between them, however, their perspective of our times is particularly valuable and relevant to understanding social problems today—in psychiatry, the mental health field, and our society—as we see the transformation of an authoritarian order into a more chaotic anti-authoritarian social structure.

The script uses the vehicle of two men, Reich and Freud, getting together, sitting down and talking. This imagined meeting, set in modern times, occurs about 80 years since they last saw each other.  And, of course, having died, they have to come back to life and look at this very different world we now live in.”

Dr. Konia, it sounds like there is a lot of fascinating information in On the Shoulders of a Giant. Would you share with us how the idea for this play came about?

Dr. Konia: “The idea for Parts 1 and 2 came to me when I was reading the book Reich Speaks of Freud by the psychoanalyst, Dr. Kurt Eissler. The book contains Reich’s interview by Dr. Eissler. I thought what if I substitute Freud for Eissler and create a dialogue between Reich and Freud? These were two people who knew each other very well and there was much personal history that could be explored and brought out into the open. Part 3 then covers events that occurred after Reich passed away in 1957. The ideas and the manuscript developed over a period of years. I wrote it, then rewrote it, and finally gave it to Dr. Whitener to edit. She made some wonderful additions and changes. I give her a tremendous amount of credit for this and for making the staged reading of On the Shoulders of a Giant possible as well as for the upcoming event.”

Dr. Whitener, I understand clips of the film from the staged reading of On the Shoulders of a Giant were shown at the October 1st event.

Dr. Whitener: “Yes. Two years ago there was a staged reading of the script in Princeton by professional actors under the auspices of the American College of Orgonomy, and it was filmed. The material is rich, the reading was three hours long, and so much was covered. It is likely that there were many points simply missed by the audience, too much information to take in or to understand, questions that did not get a chance to be raised or answered.

Reich & Freud Revisited: Conversations with Dr. Charles Konia was presented with short segments of videotape from the filming of the 2014 staged reading interspersed with more explanatory commentary by Dr. Konia.

 

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ACO Movie Night continued on Saturday, July 23 at 7:00PM at the ACO's campus in Princeton, NJ, with Race, based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens. Medical orgonomists Jackie Bosworth, M.D. and Susan Marcel, D.O. led the group discussion after the movie.

Dr. Bosworth and Dr. Marcel share some of their thoughts about the film.

What in particular do you think we will be discussing following the showing of Race?

易发棋牌Dr. Bosworth: "What's so interesting about Race and something that I'm sure we'll be talking about is that it's centered around a unique set of circumstances that existed in Nazi Germany prior to World War II -- with Hitler presenting the Olympics as an opportunity to prove Aryan superiority before the world. The film depicts Jessie Owens' path to those Olympic Games as well as the conflict with his own racial identity, this in the context of others telling him what he should do: Should he participate in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin or should he give up all that he had worked for and support a boycott favored by a consensus that included the NAACP?

Then, after winning four gold medals, the harsh reality for Jesse Owens was that American President FDR didn't invite him to the White House when he returned to the U.S. and never called, sent him a congratulatory telegram or publicly acknowledged his Olympic victories. Ironically, while in Germany at the Olympics, Owens was allowed to room and eat with white athletes and Germany's top Olympic athlete, Carl "Luz" Long, befriended him. In stark contrast, back in New York, at a dinner in his honor at the Waldorf Astoria, Owens had to use the freight elevator to get upstairs. Owens, himself, believed the whole point of the Olympic Games was that they should be devoid of politics, and that athletes should participate and bond despite race and the circumstances that existed at the time."

Dr. Marcel: "Race is also a moving, compelling drama about life, love, and relationships, especially between lovers, fathers and sons, and among families, teams and communities. It is a story of complex choices and having the courage to make them even against great adversity."

How do you see Race connecting with society today?

Dr. Bosworth: "What went on during that time period mirrors modern day ongoing struggles for the truth when motives are masked and events and media coverage are "managed" to support a destructive ideology and agenda. The pivotal thing for me is that Race deals with an ever-present worldwide, socio-political reality, prejudice and discrimination, a symptom of humanity's scourge, the emotional plague and its devastating effects on all of us, something I trust we'll discuss. In the face of evil there are certainly acts of bravery: Jesse Owens participation in and victories at the 1936 Olympics stand out. At one point in the movie, Jesse Owens says that he is completely free for those ten seconds that he's running: free from bigotry, race, everything. In Dr. Konia's book, "The Emotional Plague," he describes and unmasks the emotional plague and the existence of evil. Race touches the tip of this iceberg."

Dr. Marcel: "With the upcoming International Olympics this August in Brazil, we are very excited to show Race and explore how the human drama from 80 years ago applies to 2016."

 

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On Saturday, April 2, 2016, medical orgonomist Alberto Foglia, M.D. presented "Revolutionary Ideas in Biology," an Orgonomic Biology event at the ACO Campus in Princeton, N.J. Dr. Foglia shares some insights about his presentation.

How did you first become interested in Wilhelm Reich’s work in the biological sciences?

Dr. Foglia: “Even as a young child, I was fascinated by biology and anatomy. My interest in Reich began when I was a medical student and read his book, The Mass Psychology of Fascism. I immediately connected with the clear biological way he described human emotions and the psyche. His description of the movement of the ameba, a simple one-celled organism, and his clarification of the meaning of emotion was for me an incredible experience. At the university I had seen a wonderful movie of a moving ameba and I immediately made the connection.

In viewing the ameba and its movements, it is easy to see the expansion and contraction that Reich talks about because it is such a simple organism. The association between emotions and moving plasma was always my greatest interest. I would have never become a psychiatrist if I hadn’t learned about Reich and his biological, non-mechanical approach to the psyche. The movement of the ameba is the beginning of the biological adventure, and I’m very excited about showing this on film at my presentation.”

Did you show other films at your presentation as well?

Dr. Foglia: “Yes, absolutely! I had many visuals that I was excited about sharing with the audience, including over 70 still photos and movies of ameba, bions and much, much more. I will also be talking about cancer and showing a completely new way of seeing cancer and observing blood.”

What do you think people took 易发棋牌 from your presentation?

Dr. Foglia: “I think people took 易发棋牌 with them a good foundation for beginning to understand Reich’s work in the field of biology. This is something that the ACO is now expanding its efforts to educate the public about, just as we have done with our Social Orgonomy presentations over the past several years with regard to Reich’s discoveries in the social realm. The ACO will also have a Laboratory Open House in June, and I hope that what the audience learned from my presentation and what they see and experience in the lab, including looking through the microscope, will excite them to learn more about biology and Reich’s revolutionary ideas. My greatest hope is for everyone to see with their own eyes the world of the living in its simplest form and experience the wonder of that! This is the part of orgonomy that I love most, and I am very glad to have shared it."

 

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ACO Movie Night continued on Saturday, March 19 at 7:00PM at the ACO's campus in Princeton, NJ with The Young Victoria. Medical orgonomists Raymond Mero, D.O. and Susan Marcel, D.O. will led the group discussion after the movie. Dr. Mero shares some of his thoughts about the film.

What is it about The Young Victoria that led you to recommend it for ACO Movie Night?

Dr. Mero:  “First, this is an extremely well done movie with excellent acting, lavish period costumes, and incredible scenery filmed at historical landmarks in England. Second, and most importantly, The Young Victoria tells about the incredible, real-life love story of two people with great emotional health, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Victoria becomes Queen of England when she is just 18 years old. She feels isolated and is overwhelmed by the incredible responsibility as well as by people with their own political agenda trying to manipulate her. Prince Albert, of German royalty, is coerced by his uncle to try to get in her good graces. He travels to England and when the two meet, despite Victoria knowing that he has been sent to win her favors, there is an immediate chemistry between them. This quickly becomes a very special connection. Being a few years older than Victoria and from a similar station in life, Albert understands what she is going through and helps her cope. Although he goes back to Germany they communicate through letters, maintain a long-distance relationship and eventually marry.”

You mentioned that Victoria and Albert have great emotional health. What is it about them that allows you say that?

Dr. Mero:  “Quite simply, each has their own unique, very positive masculine and feminine qualities. Albert is a very strong man but is not a typical “macho” kind of guy, which is what you might expect particularly from that time period. He is firm with Victoria when she needs him to be but knows instinctively when to pull back. He encourages her to trust her feelings. Victoria blossoms and becomes a strong, independent woman who is fully capable of making her own decisions—and ruling a kingdom."

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Seeking Work-Love Integration
Reprinted from the February 3, 2016, Women in Business edition of US1

Women in business have dual, often conflicting, expectations placed upon them. The aim, we are told, is to have satisfaction in our jobs and satisfaction with our family life. The pop wisdom says that this is work/life balance, but a balance implies “one or the other” as the demands see-saw.

Psychiatrist and business consultant Dr. Peter Crist emphasizes that the ultimate aim is a work/love integration — the seamless blending of these two major aspects of emotional wellbeing.

Dr. Crist will address the challenges of achieving this integration in his presentation on “Balancing Work & Love” Saturday, February 6, at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the fourth part of the American College of Orgonomy’s ongoing series of Social Orgonomy talks.

In this interactive open discussion format, Dr. Crist will address the audience about their own personal situations and look at what works and what gets in the way of having both a healthy, satisfying work life and an equally fulfilling, happy love and family life. Admission is free thanks to the generosity of supporters. Suggested adult, non-student donation is $45. Reservations are recommended. Call 732-821-1144 or reserve online.

“Satisfaction in both work and love is the basis for a full life,” Dr. Crist says. “But too often people focus on satisfaction in only one as a way of avoiding anxieties in the other.” He clarifies that, “It’s not how much someone works that makes for a workaholic but whether she is consumed by business to avoid addressing other things such as dissatisfaction in her marriage. Conversely, a ‘love-aholic’ may become consumed with caring for her children and her spouse to avoid her fears of attempting a career she’s interested in pursuing.”

True satisfaction in all realms of a woman’s life is the result of a qualitative assessment rather than a quantitative one. Dr. Crist notes, “The focus of communication between couples seeking to support each other needs to be on clearly articulating what is mutually satisfying both at 易发棋牌 and at work rather than merely divvying up tasks to get through the day.”

He also points out that the acid test for satisfaction frequently comes when other distractions of life abate. “The children are grown and gone or one partner retires,” says Dr. Crist. “Then the question is clearly ‘Am I satisfied with my life undefined by family or work?’”

He notes another watershed moment might come when it makes financial sense for a husband to become the family caregiver rather than the wife. “Can the woman manage her career and also let go of her accustomed role of taking care of the children and running the household. And can she let her husband care for the children and manage the 易发棋牌 in his own way? At such turning points couples need to really work to articulate their mutual expectations.”

In his work with couples, Dr. Crist encourages them to examine what gives each the most satisfaction at 易发棋牌 and at work and to see how they can make changes that support what they both want. Dr. Crist sums up, “The goal, as hard as it may be to achieve at times can occur when both work and love are undisturbed and a satisfying work life brings passion and depth to our love life while a mutually satisfying love life generates a spark that energizes our work life.”

"Balancing Work & Love" presented by Peter A. Crist, M.D. will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00PM at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ. For more information or to register, go to Events.

 

Finding Balance in Work and Love
Reprinted from the January 27, 2016, issue of the Princeton Sun newspaper

Balance. This seven-letter word is one that, despite its simple and serene notion, is a tricky one to maintain. A balanced diet, a balanced
lifestyle, a balance between love and work – more like a balancing act.

Luckily, when love and work are flailing through air, toppling down at different speeds and slipping at this very moment through your fingers, Dr. Peter A. Crist will help you pick them up, even them out and hold them, with great satisfaction, in the palms of your hands.

易发棋牌On Feb. 6, Crist will visit the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts for an interactive presentation called "Balancing Work and Love." The presentation is the fourth in a four-year series of presentations on all topics of work and work-related problems.

"Work and love are the two key areas in everybody's life," Crist said.

Crist prefers to engage with his audience rather than lecture it on finding balance. Personal growth requires addressing personal problems.

"It's best for me to take examples from courageous audience members. I usually set the tone with a story or some basic sense of things and then ask: 'So what interested you in this topic?'" Crist said. "Many people are reluctant to speak in public, but the initial question warms them. From there, I address and integrate what I know from my work and pursue solutions."

Crist noted how balancing work and love is a "huge topic" that includes an array of issues. Sometimes his audiences diverge; sometimes their experiences are similar. Crist has worked with couples who run a business and have let their love life go by the wayside, a wife readying to work part-time but fearful that withless work she'll have less independence or identity. He asks, "how many times have you let a fight with your boyfriend or girlfriend distract you at work?" and "How many of you are dissatisfied with your job or your love life?"

"Sadly, the vast majority of people are miserable or dissatisfied in one or both aspects of their life. In the modern world, there are more distractions to help us avoid our dissatisfaction. Distractions to not feel it do not help solve it," Crist said.

Crist said working in groups is both enjoyable and productive. He feels if he works together with people in public, then those dealing with conflicts do not have to suffer in silence.

"I look around and I see work and love are the key area of our lives, and it's possible to integrate the two – your life support can give more satisfaction to your love life and your love life can bring a spark to your work life," Crist said. "That is the most basic and important principle: rather than have these two major areas of our lives contradict each other, let's have them enliven one another."

Crist is board certified in psychiatry, internal medicine and medical orgonomy. In addition to being president and CEO of ergonexus LLC, a consulting practice dealing with work relationships, Crist is in private practice in New Jersey and treats patients ranging from infants, adults and families. Crist graduated from UCLA with an A.B. in zoology and an M.D. degree. He is president of the American College of Orgonomy and has spoken internationally on a wide range of medicinal topics.

"The main thing I want to share about my love of the work I do is if I can help people find some bit of greater satisfaction in their lives, it thrills me," Crist said.

"To look at one's self takes great courage. When people share what's going on in their lives and say, 'Hey, let's look at this,' I am honored and touched. It amazes me the depths people are willing to look at things."

"Balancing Work & Love" presented by Peter A. Crist, M.D. took place on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00PM at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ.

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Integrating Work Life with Love Life
Reprinted from the January 20, 2016, Winter Wellness issue of U.S. 1

A lot of people talk about work-life balance. The problem with this phrase is that it implies that work is not part of life. Or that each aspect is something you can measure tangibly.

According to psychiatrist and business consultant Dr. Peter Crist, nothing could be further from the truth. “Work is a major part of our lives. So is love. The focus, then, should really be on integrating our work lives with our love lives. It’s a wellness issue,” he adds. “I truly believe that the basis of health in general is satisfaction in both realms.”

Satisfaction in our work or love relationships isn’t spoken of much. And there’s a difference between satisfaction and just getting by. “People may ask, ‘Do you like what you do?’” Dr. Crist says. “And a lot of people are okay with their jobs. But that’s very different from being deeply satisfied.”

易发棋牌On Saturday, February 6, Dr. Crist will host “Balancing Work & Love,” a free workshop on how to better integrate work and love relationships. His presentation will offer a unique understanding of how work and love can support and enhance, rather than conflict, with each other.

In an interactive open discussion format, Dr. Crist will talk with the audience about their own situations and look at what works and what gets in the way of having a healthy, satisfying work life that is integrated with an equally fulfilling love and family life.

The event, the fourth in a series on work and life-related questions sponsored by the American College of Orgonomy, will run from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in Princeton.

Satisfaction, Dr. Crist says, is not limited to one aspect of our lives. Yet so often people use one part of life to mask the problems they’re having in another. They might, for example, bury themselves in work, and enjoy doing so, but at the expense of their personal, love, and sex lives.

For example, Dr. Crist mentioned a couple he works with who run a company. “They work together so well on the business that they’ve let it take over their time at 易发棋牌 so that their love life has gone by the wayside.” By helping them see how their work allowed them to avoid personal problems, they’re facing how to have a better 易发棋牌 life. “If they can overcome their anxieties at 易发棋牌, it will actually improve their business lives.”

Another typical problem in this arena is women with full-time jobs whose husbands expect them to also take care of the household chores and children. Dr. Crist notes: “I encourage husbands and wives to examine what gives them each the most satisfaction at 易发棋牌 and at work and to see how they can make changes that support what they both want.

Dr. Crist looks forward to giving people a different perspective on how to face anxieties in the workplace and in their personal and love lives so that they can become more fulfilled in both worlds.

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ACO Movie Night continued on Saturday, November 7 at the ACO's campus in Princeton, NJ with Into the Woods. Orgonomists Susan Marcel, D.O. and David Holbrook, M.D. will led the group discussion after the movie. Dr. Marcel and Dr. Holbrook share some of their thoughts about the film.

A Disney musical like Into the Woods seems to be quite a departure from the movies normally shown at ACO Movie Night, isn’t it?

Dr. Marcel: “It is, but it isn’t. You might think that because it’s a Disney musical that the film is going to be light fare, but that’s not the case. After seeing it a second time, I realized how compelling it is in terms of the depth and breadth of life experience and emotion. The stories told are the simple ones we know and love from childhood, but the way they are masterfully woven together is incredibly touching and emotionally very moving.

We want the films shown at Movie Night to be centered around the themes of love, work and knowledge — and all are found in Into the Woods. It’s about what people know, what they learn, and how they understand themselves and other people as they make their journey through
life — and here, through the woods. We’ve got Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Little Red Riding Hood, depicting both healthy and unhealthy relationships. Once the stories start connecting you see some characters choose to bail out and some choose to stick together. Dr. Holbrook initially suggested the movie, and I’m glad he did because it was a great follow-up to his recent Social Orgonomy presentation, “What About Love?”

Dr. Holbrook, how did the movie tie in with your recent presentation?

Dr. Holbrook:  "Into the Woods is very similar to my talk in many ways. The original musical was written by Stephen Sondheim, and I’m struck by how he tried to fit everything in just like I tried to do in my talk. It’s about making — or not making — a commitment to love, family, and community. When you look closely, Into the Woods is really about children and the consequences of how they are parented. As I said in my talk, the family is based on the love between the parents, and then how the children grow and develop is directly related to their parents’ happiness. The film is about growth and rebirth and the discovery of the true meaning of love, family, and community in contrast to the exciting fantasies pursued by so many."

Do either of you have a favorite character in the movie?

Dr. Holbrook:  "After recently watching it a second time, I suddenly realized, “I’m the Baker!” I think both men and women in the audience recognized themselves in the characters. Everyone longs for something. Jack, in Jack and the Beanstalk, wishes for money. Cinderella wishes to go to the ball. Red Riding Hood wishes for bread to bring to her granny. The Baker and his wife wish for a child. There are lots of characters, plots and subplots, and every one of them references parent/child relationships, which is something everyone can relate to."

Dr. Marcel:  "As Into the Woods began to unfold, I found myself responding most to Cinderella. When I was five or six years old I saw the Cinderella movie featuring Lesly Ann Warren and I started dancing around the living room because I wanted to be her! Cinderella struggles and changes in the woods. You sense her heart, her longing for love and her struggle. Later on in Into the Woods, I surprised myself when I responded even more to the character of the Baker. Of course, I also liked Meryl Streep as the Wicked Witch because she’s such a great actor. Johnny Depp as the Wolf is also fabulous. In the discussion after the screening, I enjoyed hearing who everyone's favorite characters were!

 

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October 3, 2015

On Saturday, October 3, 2015, David Holbrook, M.D. presented "What About Love?" at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ as part of the ACO's ongoing Social Orgonomy Presentation Series. Dr. Holbrook shares some insights about his presentation.

Where did the idea for your talk “What About Love?” come from?

Dr. Holbrook: “When my son was in his early teens he would often ask me questions about love as he looked at his own life and the world around him. He wanted to know why people just couldn’t love each other, and this became part of an ongoing conversation with him. I think he actually felt that question his whole life but wasn’t able to talk about it until his early teens, the age when people can start to really verbalize these things. He wasn’t talking about romantic love specifically but rather his observations of the world around him; seeing, for example, interactions between students and teachers where there was an inability to be compassionate and perceptive. I took him seriously. It wasn’t a philosophical question; it was a very real, practical question. I tried to talk to him in the most fundamental way about love, and that is how I approached my presentation as well. We primarily talked about romantic love, but also a bit about family love, love of nature and love of country. We talked about what love feels like—the energy you feel in your body that accompanies what you sense in your psyche—and what that may suggest about working our way toward a scientific understanding of what love is."

How did you demonstrate this?

Dr. Holbrook: "The first half of my presentation started with the topic of romantic love, beginning with a live vocal performance, which I believe set the mood. I also used movie clips throughout to try to demonstrate and evoke the feeling of tender, romantic love in contrast to armored, pornographic expressions where sex is separated from love. I wanted the audience to experience the feelings within themselves when, for example, they saw a scene from West Side Story where Tony and Maria declared their love for each other as opposed to a music video by Pitbull and Kesha that was highly sexual, mechanical, and divorced from tender feelings. We discussed the difference between loveless sex and healthy sexual expression in the context of a loving relationship. Then the discussion broadened to briefly explore other kinds of love such as family love, using examples from such films as To Kill a Mockingbird and It’s a Wonderful Life; love of country, using a clip from Mr. Smith goes to Washington; and love of nature, with the aid of a beautiful video of natural landscapes. I asked the audience to be aware of their own physical sensations and emotions as they watched the videos, and we talked about the physical experience that one has when one feels the emotion of love. We looked for commonalities between these different experiences of love."

And the second half of your presentation?

Dr. Holbrook: "The first half of my presentation was more evocative, the second half more educational. I addressed what gets in the way of love and people’s ability to love, and what we might be able to do about that, including discussing a unique body-mind therapy that can help people find deeper satisfaction in life. The psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich said, 'People are afraid to love.' For example, people may open up their deepest core emotionally in the early stages of a relationship when they are intensely excited, but often close themselves off emotionally later in the relationship. We talked about why this is so. We also explored love and its obstacles on a sociological level, briefly introducing the topic of what Reich called, 'the emotional plague.'

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Movie Night Featuring “Danton”

Dr. Iacobello: "I believe that “Danton” is an excellent portrayal of the clash of the two main personalities of the French Revolution, Danton and Robespierre. They both contributed to the unleashing of terror and they both were victims of it. Once the Pandora's box of violence and mass killing was opened it became impossible to close until the major personalities were destroyed. Danton says in the movie, “The revolution is like Saturn. It eats its own children.” In the film, one has the impression of a powerful social force that spreads and is beyond the control of any one individual. The similarity with the spreading of an epidemic is very strong. Once the epidemic starts, individuals become unwitting carriers of the disease. In this sense the movie illustrates very well what Wilhelm Reich called “the Emotional Plague," in a situation in which law and order have broken down. 

The movie is also highly accurate from a historical perspective and the acting is superb. The conflict and the differences in personality between Danton (Gérard Depardieu) and Robespierre (Wojciech Pszoniaks) are rendered with utmost intensity. I think the movie was a good sequel to the recent ACO Social Orgonomy presentation on the French Revolution."

What would you like people to know about Danton and Robespierre and how they are portrayed in the film?

Dr. Iacobello: "George Danton and Maximilien Robespierre were both leading figures during the French Revolution. Danton was very popular with the people and was involved in bringing down the monarchy in August 1792. Robespierre was righteous but full of envy and jealousy at the same time. He was a master at hiding his intentions as well as conspiring with and manipulating others to achieve his goals.

Depardieu is the perfect fit to portray Danton’s earthy, tempestuous personality. Danton understands the common man and enjoys the pleasures that life has to offer. In contrast, Woljciech Pszoniak is able to render the controlled, cold and calculating personality of Robespierre and shows eloquently the contrast between the fearsome and superior politician and the weak and frightened private man. The conflict between the two men provides the dramatic push for the movie. Robespierre cannot tolerate Danton’s vociferous, masculine and open personality and ultimately has to destroy him. Indeed, personal enmity was behind the political and ideological differences."

Does what happened during the Reign of Terror apply to today?

Dr. Iacobello: "What happened during the French Revolution was an example of what can happen when law and social order break down. The murderous hatred and violence unleashed resulted in the killing of tens of thousands, while a large part of the population—the honest, decent people--were silent, unable to react and defend themselves. Today, terror, as individual acts or in more organized forms like Islamic State terrorism, is being used effectively to frighten and immobilize people, and the Western world is unable to recognize its significance. We must understand that human society is threatened by a severe and deep social, bio-emotional disturbance, best described as the Emotional Plague. The times and the people of the 18th century are gone, but the disease is the same. The players may change but the motivations and behaviors are identical: The need to destroy every expression of spontaneous, natural life."

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June 6, 2015

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, Alberto Foglia, M.D. and Virginia Whitener, Ph.D. presented “The French Revolution: An Example of the Emotional Plague” at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ as part of the ACO's ongoing Social Orgonomy Presentation Series. Dr. Foglia and Dr. Whitener share some insights about their presentation.

Doctors, what inspired you to discuss the French Revolution?

Dr. Whitener: "Dr. Foglia and I have known each other for quite some time through the College’s training program, and we discovered over the years a shared passion for history. We’ve been talking for a few years now about the emotional plague and its relevance to the French Revolution. This was a period in history when freedom was shouted about, hoped for, and peddled and the Revolution has been glorified in the history books. In actuality it was extremely destructive with a catastrophic end result. The French Revolution overthrew a king, unleashing secondary, destructive impulses that reigned instead. It’s crucial that we learn from this period. Freedom without responsibility is license. When Dr. Foglia was preparing his lecture for the College’s Sociopolitical Orgonomy course last year, we talked about how the French Revolution has been grossly misrepresented and that we should make it a subject for our Social Orgonomy Presentation Series. We said, ‘Let’s do it, and let’s do it together.”

Dr. Foglia: “We could have chosen a less complex historical subject to talk about such as Stalin or Genghis Khan, for example, but we wanted to discuss an example where the emotional plague is not that easy to recognize. During the French Revolution, despite the overt violence, the emotional plague was more hidden and subtle. Magnificent words – ”liberty, equality, fraternity” – hid horrendous events. Historians today still tend to present the French Revolution as a wonderful declaration of human rights, a wonderful struggle for democracy, and so on. In reality, it was the horrific, nightmarish rebellion of a bloodthirsty populace that ended in failure and chaos. It was also very different from other events that came before because it was the first great upheaval that is an example of the way we function today.”

Why was the French Revolution so different from other events that came before it?

Dr. Foglia: “It was different because before this time, people were not as sophisticated. Of course, they had slaughtered and been slaughtered for millennia, but now, during the French Revolution, mechanistic thinking came into play. A new way of murder was found, the guillotine, which was perceived to be democratic and painless. 50,000 people were slaughtered by this apparently more subtle means than ever before.”
Dr. Whitener: “There was also a great contradiction in the French Revolution. Supposedly fighting for liberty, they were told what to think, religion was banned, nuns and priests were killed, a new calendar was enforced, and men were conscripted against their will to fight in foreign wars. This evolved into the Reign of Terror, during which the rights of people and basic living conditions deteriorated severely.”

What do you see as the difference between the American Revolution and the French Revolution?

Dr. Foglia: “The American Revolution was a war for independence and the construction of a responsible new society. It was not a disorganized rebellion like the French Revolution. The Americans also had an ocean separating them from England, and they had George Washington who mounted a formidable defense and who was an incredible leader and model for the Americans, something the French lacked. Of course, in America there were radicals who wanted to foment disorder, but the reaction of the new government was sufficiently strong to prevent that from happening. Therefore the emotional plague didn’t take hold. In France, the people were scared and glorified the rebels. They were not able to say, ‘No, we don’t want you.’ The French were armored with hatred of the authoritarian father figure, King Louis XVI, who was in actuality rather weak and, in fact, nice. In the end, it took Napoleon to put things back in order in France. Ironically, his court was more opulent than King Louis’, he had far more power than the monarchy, and millions of people died in the Napoleonic Wars which he instigated as he pressed for an ever expanding empire.” 

Dr. Whitener: “The subject of the French Revolution brings up major questions including:  What is the legitimate, natural function of government?  In Neither Left Nor Right, Dr. Charles Konia points out that it is to protect the basic life functions: love, work and knowledge. Freedom and responsibility go hand in hand. As Wilhelm Reich discovered, people are incapable of tolerating freedom. Pushing freedom on them leads to exactly what happened in the French Revolution – chaos and destruction. They destroyed the old but were not able to create a new governing force. Our presentation was about the French Revolution, but it was extremely relevant to what’s happening today in our anti-authoritarian era. It is crucial for us to realize that unless we behave responsibly, appreciate and defend what liberty we do have, protect people's ability to live and work without overly controlling these activities, and recognize people's intolerance of genuine freedom, we are in danger of repeating history.”

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April 25, 2015

ACO Movie Night continued on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at our Princeton, NJ campus with a special matinee screening of filmmaker Elia Kazan's brilliant 1963 film, "America America." Orgonomists Edward Chastka, M.D. and Susan Marcel, D.O. led the group discussion after the movie. Dr. Marcel shares some of her thoughts about the film.  

Dr. Marcel, at first glance, “America America” seems a bit different than the films usually shown at ACO Movie Night.

Dr. Marcel: “Yes, it’s very different, more like a docudrama. In it, Elia Kazan, the Greek-American director, tells a story based on his uncle’s emigration from Greece to America in the 1890s. At that time, modernization had begun to transform the social structure in Greece. The population grew so rapidly that many Greeks decided to leave their 易发棋牌 country. The film’s main character, young Stavros, is sent by his family from their small, impoverished village, brutalized under Turkish rule, to the capital of Constantinople to work for his uncle in the rug business. Their hope is that he will eventually be able to bring his family there to a better life. However, Stavros’ own secret dream is to go to America.”

Why was “America America” chosen for Movie Night?

Dr. Marcel: “Dr. Charles Konia suggested “America America” because the oppression of the Greeks by the Turks in the 1890s is a glaring example of the emotional plague and how it can stifle and paralyze entire cultures. Throughout Stavros’s journey, he struggles to keep his dream alive. He wants more out of life, much more. One of the core functions of the College is to protect Life, its spontaneity and liveliness, by recognizing and exposing the emotional plague. “America America” illustrates this quite clearly.”

How does Stavros’ story relate to what’s going on in the world today?

Dr. Marcel: “The movie, set 125 years ago, transports the audience to an entirely different culture. Yet the themes in “America America” are still fresh and meaningful. Despite the destructiveness of the emotional plague, people today still want more out of life, like Stavros in the movie. His journey is long and arduous, and he meets up with thieves, prostitutes, soldiers, beggars, and even murderers. At one point he says, “You can’t afford to be human because people take advantage.” Stavros is very perceptive about what he is witnessing in his own culture. He develops and matures, and we see him with all his dreams, hopes and flaws. In the photograph of him on our Movie Night poster, his eyes reveal him to be brooding, perceptive and moved very deeply by the struggles, oppression, and brutality he is witness to. He struggles with his own brutality. Yet, through it all he perseveres and keeps in contact with his dream of going to America and finding a better life. “America America” is not so much a politically driven film; it’s about being tragically and imperfectly human.”

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April 12, 2015

On Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM, board-certified psychiatrist Edward Chastka, M.D. presented "Armored Culture, Armored People," at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ as part of the ACO's ongoing Social Orgonomy Presentation Series. Dr. Chastka shares some insights about his talk.   

Dr. Chastka, how did your presentation relate to what's happening in the world today?

Dr. Chastka: "What I discussed directly relates to what we are seeing over and over again in the news headlines, and all around the world. Armoring is a combination of character traits and physical tensions that people use to control their emotions and defend against anxiety. Armored people create armored cultures and armored cultures help induce armoring in the next generation. It's a destructive, vicious cycle, and I'm interested in exposing how this vicious cycle works. Cultures have been trying to solve social problems politically since the beginning of civilization, but it just hasn't worked. We need a new way of looking at things. One of the examples that I talked about was the War on Poverty which not only failed to reduce poverty but instead spawned the social welfare bureaucracy which cultivates financial and emotional dependency and destroys families." 

How does orgonomy factor into a new way of looking at things? 

Dr. Chastka: "Orgonomy is about functional thinking, and before we can find a solution to these problems we must get rid of the irrational way we see and think about them. I was greatly inspired by Dr. Charles Konia's books "The Emotional Plague" and "Neither Left Nor Right" in which he shows us how mechanistic and mystical thinking block people from really seeing social problems for what they are. We tend to blame others for everything that goes wrong, but don't look at our own lack of insight and behaviors that are part of the problem." 

What examples of this were covered in your presentation? 

Dr. Chastka: "I used real world examples to show how irrational political and religious beliefs interact with people's emotional sickness to make them vulnerable to being exploited by destructive political and religious movements. An example of this would be groups of people who organize to protest female genital mutilation in Africa but continue to have their own sons circumcised. They rationalize and don't see the problem in their own behavior. In the Middle East there was a 13-year-old girl who went to the authorities to report that she had been raped. Instead of helping her, she was accused of adultery and publicly stoned to death. We call this kind of behavior the emotional plague. If you're in the culture, you find a way to rationalize the behavior. You don't see the disease you have -- the disturbance of your own thinking and behavior. That is the emotional plague. 

Reading Dr. Konia's books opened my eyes and made me look at my own political beliefs, and to begin to recognize my own irrationalism. There is a tendency to think that politics can solve the problem. We think if we just vote for certain politicians it's going to fix society's problems. But the fact is, it doesn't make any difference which political party is in office. Neither party understands how to fix the problems. Today we are seeing increasing polarization as each side points the finger and blames the other for not doing enough or doing the wrong thing. Extreme political partisanship is a function of the emotional plague." 

Can you speak more on politics and the emotional plague? 

Dr. Chastka: "On both sides of the political spectrum there are "feel-good" programs that make people feel like they are doing something, but the programs really don't work. We have to look at the end results of a government program to see if it makes things better, not on whether it makes you feel good. An example of this is the war on drugs, which is popular with conservatives. It has been going on for 40 or 50 years and things are worse now than they ever were. I see patients in a drug rehab facility and I can tell you that about 25% of the in-patient adolescents are addicted to heroin. Heroin! Imagine that! 

People's neurotic thinking makes them vulnerable to being exploited by the emotional plague and irrational political movements. For example, if you read Saul Alinsky and the neo-communist theorizers, they admit they don't try to solve conflict but rather provoke conflict so they can exploit it and seize power. They don't want to solve problems, they want to make them worse so people will call on them for salvation. In other words, let no crisis go unexploited. Look at the results of what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri. Has busing in outside protesters led to understanding and resolution or increased conflict? Two police officers were recently shot there, so sadly the answer to that question is the latter." 

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March 9, 2015

ACO Movie Night continued on Saturday, March 7 at the ACO's campus in Princeton, NJ with the much-loved, critically-acclaimed classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird." Orgonomists Philip Heller, M.D. and Susan Marcel, D.O. led the group discussion after the movie. Dr. Heller shares some of his thoughts about the film.  

Dr. Heller, "To Kill a Mockingbird" had been on the ACO Movie Night schedule for several months. What great timing because Harper Lee, the author of the book, has been in the news recently.  

Dr. Heller: "Yes! Her soon-to-be-published book, "Go Set a Watchman," was actually the first novel she submitted to her publisher, which had most of the characters featured in "To Kill a Mockingbird," only twenty years older. At the suggestion of her editor, she rewrote the story from the female protagonist Scout's point of view as a young girl. This original manuscript was discovered in late 2014 and is creating an enormous amount of interest. "Mockingbird" was known to be Lee's only published book, yet most people who have at least a high school education know her name, which is truly remarkable. Both the book and the movie really strike a chord!"   

What is it about the film that makes it special for you? 

Dr. Heller:  "The depiction of healthy children confronting the sick behavior of adults is a powerful example of how emotional illness in the social realm, which we identify as the emotional plague, can be stopped and stripped of its destructiveness. Most everyone has experienced this in life. For example, when a five-year-old child asks her father, "Daddy, why are you doing that?" and the father says to himself, "Yeah...why am I doing that?" That's the health in the child, direct and uncomplicated. The character, Scout, is healthy. She is willing to speak up when she sees something wrong in a way that helps and doesn't make things worse. I'm thinking in particular of the scene when her father, Atticus, is guarding the defendant, Tom, against a mob of angry townspeople who want to lynch him. After a brief scuffle, Scout looks directly at one of the men in the mob and simply says hello and asks him how he's doing with a legal problem her father has been helping him with (for which he has been paying in hickory nuts). She then asks him to say "Hey" to his son for her. This stops everyone in their tracks.  

Something else that really stands out for me is the way Atticus (so wonderfully played by Gregory Peck) and his children interact with each other. There is a tremendous amount of respect in both directions, he for them and they for him. He has the natural authority of a parent and allows his children to question him because he accepts them." 

What did people talk about during the discussion after the movie?   

Dr. Heller:  "I really enjoyed hearing what moved the audience and their feelings -- there is so much that is moving in this film. I think that people who hadn't seen it in years were able to look at it with fresh eyes because of what they've experienced in their own life since they saw it last. A great movie is like a fine wine - it can improve with age. And it was great to hear from audience members who had never seen it before. 

Finally, I was also interested in discussing the importance of the children in "To Kill a Mockingbird" because I think the film speaks to how they as future adults can make the world a better place. Scout and Jem have a pretty good head start and they leave us with a feeling of hope for the future."

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January 14, 2015

We are pleased to share with you an article published in US1's Winter Wellness Edition on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 based on an interview with Peter A. Crist, M.D. about his recent Social Orgonomy presentation, "Negotiating Work Politics" held on Saturday, January 31st in Princeton, NJ.

When you think of “work politics,” what comes to mind? Making the right connection to get a job? Hiring a qualified person whom you’ve worked with before? Not getting promoted because someone’s niece or nephew needed a job? If you are looking for a new perspective on work politics, business consultant and psychiatrist Dr. Peter A. Crist will give a free presentation, “Negotiating Work Politics” on Saturday, January 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in Princeton.

Dr. Crist defines work politics as “the extent to which decisions in the workplace are based on who you know rather than what you know.” He will use real-life examples to discuss how to deal with negative work politics, as well as explore how work politics can result in positive outcomes.

This is the third in the social orgonomy presentation series related to work satisfaction. “Are You Satisfied with Your Work Life?” was presented in January, 2013. Based on its success, Dr. Crist offered “Are you Satisfied with Your Work Relationships?” last January. Orgonomy (pronounced orGONomy) is defined as life energy. Social orgonomy examines how people interact in social environments.

In evaluating the role of politics in the work environment, Dr. Crist notes the importance of understanding what motivates people to do their best. He offers an example of what motivates managers in a company with whom he currently consults:

The general manager thrives on exciting people. “His title should be CEO — Chief Excitement Officer. He’s great at getting a group enthused about what the company has to offer. He needs this to motivate himself.” He can intentionally use this aspect of his character to inspire his employees.

The company’s operations manager, on the other hand, is “motivated by organizing things and putting together a good system. He is shy and not the person to send to do big presentations but the one to organize them. Though both individuals have different approaches, their boss understands what stimulates and excites them and has each doing the work that best suits them. That’s a positive use of ‘work politics.’”

“If you are satisfied with your work, you will naturally be motivated. Work politics can either get in the way of that or support it,” adds Dr. Crist. “A lot of what I talk about may sound like common sense, but the problem is if you think that it goes without saying, it probably needs to be said.”

Dr. Crist is the founder of ergonexus LLC (). The name comes from the combination of work (the Greek word “ergo”) with connections (the Latin word, “nexus”). Since 2003 Dr. Crist has served as the president of the American College of Orgonomy in Princeton and on their faculty since 1982. He has given more than 100 presentations, seminars, and workshops.

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On Saturday, November 15, 2014, a staged reading of "On the Shoulders of a Giant: Fictional Conversations Between Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Reich" by Dr. Charles Konia was performed by Gregory L. Wilson (Freud) and Terrence Montgomery (Reich) with an introduction by Mark Lobene at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Dr. Konia shares some insights about his script.  

What inspired you to write the script for "On the Shoulders of a Giant?"

Dr. Konia: "Years ago when I was a resident in psychiatry there was great deal of misunderstanding and confusion about who Wilhelm Reich really was and what his relationship was to Sigmund Freud. This confusion still exists today, so several years ago I decided to try to correct this misinformation by researching their history and writing a dialogue about their relationship and adding what I imagine they would say to each other if they were alive today."

What can you tell me about their relationship?

Dr. Konia: "Freud was impressed by Reich's clinical skills in the early years of psychoanalysis and he had great hopes that Reich would one day become a leader in the field. He allowed Reich to start seeing analytic patients while he was still in medical school, and several years later Reich began working in Freud's outpatient clinic, the Vienna Ambulatorium, where he was later appointed Deputy Director. Freud was 31 years older than Reich and during this period, they had a very warm and positive professional relationship.  

When Reich started to delve into the social background of people's emotional illnesses he realized that changes had to be made in the structure of society to prevent neurosis from happening. Reich's social ideas clashed with those of Freud, who was quite conservative.

During this time, the Nazis were coming to power in Germany and were open in their antipathy to psychoanalysis. This was certainly exacerbated by Reich's publicly stated anti-fascist social views and association with the German Communist Party in Berlin. At this point, Freud, in order to save psychoanalysis from the Nazi threat of extinction, decided to sever his relationship with Reich and was largely responsible for having him expelled from the psychoanalytic movement. The final break in their association came in 1934 at the International Psychoanalytic Congress in Lucerne, Switzerland."

In your script are Reich and Freud of any particular age?

Dr. Konia: In "On the Shoulders of a Giant," I see Reich and Freud as ageless. Age isn't a factor in what they have to say. Rather, the script has to do with the central ideas they both developed, and over a period of three days they have conversations with each other from those viewpoints."

What do you hope people took with them after seeing "On the Shoulders of a Giant?"

Dr. Konia: "The main reason I wrote the play is to educate the public to have a better, clearer, more honest understanding of Reich and of his relationship to Freud. I think it helped put to rest many misconceptions that have grown during the years and put their relationship in a new light.

I've always wondered how Freud and Reich interacted when they were together, and I only wish I could have been there to see it. I'm thrilled that I and people in the audience were able to see Reich and Freud brought to life on stage and hear what they might talk about if they were alive today.

Reich and Freud never spoke again after their falling out, so "On the Shoulders of a Giant" can be seen as a wish for that to have happened."

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ACO Movie Night continued on Saturday, October 11 at the ACO's campus in Princeton, NJ with the "indie" film, "The Art of Getting By." Our recent Social Orgonomy presentation focused on the sexual struggle of youth. This captivating movie explored first love and the twists and turns of two teens struggling to get by and staying true to themselves. Orgonomists W.B. Apple, Ph.D. and Susan Marcel, D.O. led the group discussion after the movie. Dr. Marcel shares some of her thoughts about the film.

How did you happen to choose "The Art of Getting By" for the ACO's upcoming Movie Night and Open Discussion?

Dr. Marcel: "There are many layers to "The Art of Getting By." On the surface, it's a coming of age movie about first love. It tells the story of two young people and their first love, but it's also about how they deal with their deeper emotions, their self image, their sexual feelings, and the adults in their lives. It portrays, I think, what young people are experiencing now, which made it an excellent follow up to Dr. Dee Apple's recent social orgonomy talk, "The Sexual Struggle of Youth."

What struggles do the characters in the film face?

Dr. Marcel: "The film portrays the world through the eyes of the main character, George (played by Freddie Highmore). In class he's always doodling, he never does his 易发棋牌work, has no friends, no interest other than his artwork, and doesn't follow the rules. Art is an outlet for him. His artwork shows clearly that he's very alive. He's extremely perceptive and doesn't like what he sees of the world. Most of the adults in his life do not really connect with him. George is struggling and just does not care. He has a fatalistic philosophy of "We are all gonna die anyway." That is, until he meets Sally (played by Emma Roberts). Sally is struggling too, but she has her act more together, is far more social and runs with the "popular" crowd. She is friendly and flirts with George, and they become friends. As things progress they start realizing they have feelings for each other, and George allows himself to let her in little by little. Sally also evolves as she struggles with her deeper feelings."

What do you hope people took away from this film?

Dr. Marcel: "I hope that after seeing "The Art of Getting By," viewers take young people more seriously, perceive them more clearly. The film makes it clear that young people need healthy adults in their lives. As Dr. Apple explained in his presentation, teens are pushed and pulled in so many different directions by society right when they're in the midst of the surge of adolescence. Teens need adults who can connect with them in a healthy way. I really appreciated what Dr. Apple had to say about the film in our open discussion as he is very much in the trenches with teens every day." 

Do you think the film appealed more to adults or teens? 

Dr. Marcel: "The Art of Getting By" is a movie for everyone. It's for anyone who has ever had a first love, and I greatly enjoyed discussing it with our audience." 

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On Saturday, September 27, 2014, psychologist W.B. Apple, Ph.D. presented The Sexual Struggle of Youth, a discussion at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ as part of the ACO's ongoing Social Orgonomy Presentation Series. Dr. Apple shares some insights about his talk.  

What inspired you to choose this topic for your presentation?

Dr. Apple: "In my work it's obvious to me that having a satisfying, happy love life, and not just a sexual life, but an intimate life where love and sexuality are both there at the same time, is one of the things that everybody would like to have. People sometimes settle for love without sex, and these days many people, especially younger people, settle for just having sex where there is hardly any relationship, not to mention love. There are many important things in life, such as having work, and having areas of interest where you’re learning and growing, but if you don’t have healthy and happy interpersonal interactions, as well as an intimate relationship with someone you love, your life is not as deeply and fully satisfying as it could be. Love is one of the wellsprings of life along with work and knowledge, as Dr. Wilhelm Reich put it, and he listed love first for a reason. To have a truly deep, exciting love and sexual relationship with someone is gratifying like nothing else. It enhances one’s functioning and pleasure in other areas of life such as one’s work and impacts our eagerness to learn about and explore the world.

By nature adolescents are sexual, we all were if we care to remember, and yet people get nervous and jittery talking about sex and sexuality in adolescents. But it's a huge, vital part of life that is important to discuss openly and honestly when possible. It can be a real struggle, especially for young people, to find a healthy love relationship in today's world where guilt and inhibition coincide with all sorts of overexciting and often vulgar sexual displays. It can be very confusing to young people and often results in unhealthy, compromised forms of sex that are not only ultimately unsatisfying, but can be destructive to one’s long-term happiness and health."

Could you give an example of what you mean by an unsatisfying form of sex?

Dr. Apple:  "The first thing is that unlike any other time in our history, adolescents now from a very early age can have access to forms of sexually-related material as well as pornography that most people could never have imagined existing twenty-five years ago. With just a few “clicks of a mouse,” they can see things on the Internet that are totally over-stimulating and extremely confusing. Kids are seeing it, and I hear about it from them in my work. One eight-year-old boy I saw in therapy had been traumatized by coming across a pornographic internet website while having a sleep over at a friend's house. A thirteen-year-old boy I work with estimated that 90 percent of the kids in his grade had accessed pornography. That is not a scientific study, but it is indicative of something terribly negative going on. And actual recent research has shown significant increases in the number of youth who are intentionally or accidentally encountering pornographic material online. Since I work primarily with teens, I hear about this in either a direct way from them or I see evidence of the distortions it creates in the way they talk about sex and proceed in their relationships. You can even see on prime time TV unhealthy expressions of sexuality, which are embarrassing for families who sit down together and watch.

If you’re a teen, you're going to have all kinds of feelings – you’re going to get hungry, thirsty, need to breathe, and you’re going to have sexual feelings. However, by far, most adolescents are not emotionally ready for the intensity and responsibilities of a full sexual relationship. Nonetheless, all of the things that teens get bombarded with every day on the internet and on television can directly both over-stimulate them and affect what they think is possible sexually, and what they think they should be doing in a sexual relationship. Unfortunately, disconnected sexual activity can substitute for real contact when someone can’t have what he or she really wants in a loving, intimate relationship.  This is related to the “hook-up culture” we're seeing now where two teens will be set up by friends or find each other when they’re both intoxicated at a party, and there’s an expectation of a sexual experience when they haven’t even really talked to each other before. Love and sexuality are fragmented and not integrated, and there's obviously not much if any of a relationship there. They're not interacting with a person they've gotten to know slowly and then naturally moved into something increasingly intimate when they're both emotionally ready and the time is right.”

Adolescents today are living in a very different world than that of their parents. In what ways then can parents be supportive?

Dr. Apple: “I hope that my talk raised the awareness of what's really going on with adolescents these days and how parents can help support the development of their children's sexuality in a healthy way when the time comes. How people were raised and the attitudes they have about sexuality run deep and influence how they interact with their own children about these things. It’s important to be aware of these attitudes. Supporting natural sexuality has never been an aspect of our culture. When I was growing up in what was a traditional authoritarian society, things were much more repressed, which had its problems because there was a lot of guilt and shame about sexuality. There was a moralistic sense of "right and wrong." Now things are more relative — “anything goes." Many of today’s parents have no idea what their adolescents are getting into, or worse, passively permitting the expression of all sorts of florid manifestations, including perverse sexual attitudes and behaviors. It’s incredibly confusing to young people. A parent can help give their children a healthy attitude about natural sexuality, however, and it can start early.

To give an example of what I mean, I remember my wife changing my son's diaper when he was just a toddler, and he was wiggling all around, touching himself, just a spontaneous, natural thing. He was our first boy, and I remember thinking "How is she going to react to this?" Our son looked up at her with pleasure in his eyes, and while a mother in the "old days" might have taken his hand away, or told him not to do that, or just been disturbed and judgmental in the way she looked at him, my wife just smiled and simply went about the business of changing his diaper. It was all just very natural and positive.

Of course, it can be harder and more complicated to have that attitude when your son or daughter is 14 and you're worried about them getting into something sexual that they're not ready for. There are no simple answers, but it made for an interesting discussion with both teens and parents during my presentation."

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ACO Movie Night continued on Saturday, July 19 at the ACO's campus in Princeton, NJ with the blockbuster film "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Our recent Social Orgonomy presentation focused on how medical orgonomy brought more satisfaction into the lives of two individuals. In this riveting movie, attendees saw first hand how the health of an individual helped her work through tremendous anxiety, against all odds, with her life at stake. 

Not at all a science fiction film in the conventional sense, director Alfonso Cuaron's Academy Award-winning film doesn't have aliens or battling space stations and star ships. Instead, its focus is on the spectacular intimacy of a man and a woman trying to cope in the most hostile environment possible. Orgonomists David Holbrook, M.D. and Susan Marcel, D.O. led the group discussion after the movie. Dr. Marcel shares some of her thoughts about the film.

Would you say that "Gravity" is a departure from other movies shown at ACO Movie Night?  

Dr. Marcel: "Yes! The movies we have shown prior to this have been wonderful but slower paced, and we thought it would be fun to have our own "summer blockbuster" night and show a movie that is truly thrilling and full of action and suspense. We also often talk about how the health of individuals can help them handle difficult situations and this movie was a perfect example of that. "Gravity" stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer on her first space shuttle mission and George Clooney as veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. Disaster strikes during a routine spacewalk, and it is intense to watch them in the extreme conditions they faced trying to survive the unexpected. Visually, the action and the scenes of astronauts tumbling against the background of Earth and star fields is very realistic, and you feel like you're floating in space yourself, but the most impressive thing to me about "Gravity" was that it is a movie about human emotions." 

In what ways does such an action-packed movie explore emotions?  

Dr. Marcel: "Sandra Bullock is a great actress and it is fascinating to watch her character handle emotions in so many different ways. She acts so realistically that you get completely lost in the character of Ryan Stone and forget that she is Sandra Bullock. She can show you her emotions clearly with just her eyes, the raise of an eyebrow, the way she moves her body, or even in the way she breathes. What she feels, you feel. I think that Clooney, too, was perfectly cast. As Kowalsky, he is cool under pressure and helps her find the confidence in herself that she needs to believe she has in order to survive. I really enjoyed talking about their performances with Dr. David Holbrook who led the group discussion with me after the movie. As an orgonomist who has also been an actor, he had some very interesting insights into the actors' performances." 

How do you think the audience related to the movie?  

Dr. Marcel: "I think everyone can relate to a moment in their own lives when they've suffered something that seemed unendurable and believed all hope was lost but then found a way to keep going. One thing that struck me is that throughout the entire movie, Ryan Stone is always tethered to something, be it to Kowalsky, a cable, a hook, a clamp, or emotionally to her daughter. Even though she is going through hell she is somehow always connected and not completely alone. When I finished watching the movie I thought to myself, "What a human movie." It explores just about every emotion possible. "Gravity" is not just a blockbuster about space, it is about being alive and about the inner strength of an individual, even in the most dire of situations."  

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May 31, 2014

On Saturday, May 31, 2014, board-certified psychiatrists Philip Heller, M.D. and Dale Rosin, D.O. presented real life accounts of the therapy of their patients at the ACO’s Social Orgonomy Series presentation, “There Must be More to Life,” at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 易发棋牌Princeton, NJ.   Peter A. Crist, M.D., President of the ACO, moderated the open discussion that followed the presentations. The doctors spoke about their experiences with individual patients, one treated for depression and the other for Tourette’s syndrome. Dr. Rosin shares some insights about his presentation of a patient with depression coming off of medication.

The focus of “There Must be More to Life” was about medical orgone therapy and the positive results patients have achieved with this form of treatment.  What can you tell us about your patient presentation and how it relates to finding more to life?

Dr. Rosin:  “My presentation was about “Sue,” a patient with depression who was on antidepressant medication for more than two decades and who came to the conclusion that she would never be able to live without her medication. She acknowledged its value in keeping the crushing feelings of depression under control allowing her to function.  However, she was also aware of the intolerable price she paid. Side effects of the medication included weight gain, diminished sex drive and an inability to have an orgasm.  It was also obvious to her that she went through life with a dulling of emotional intensity. She thought she had no other choice but to accept these side effects.  Finally, at age 51 she decided she wanted to try one more time to discontinue the medication.”

Was “Sue” at all familiar with medical orgone therapy?

Dr. Rosin:  “No, she wasn’t.  I had been recommended to her by someone in the mental health field and she decided to give me a call.  She was looking for something different, some different approach as all her other efforts to discontinue medication had not worked. She was afraid that she’d never be able to get off the antidepressant medication and also wanted to avoid the withdrawal symptoms she had experienced before. 
The main thing I wanted to get across by talking about “Sue” is that when I work with a patient who has been on antidepressant medication for a long time, we have to work to where the patient can at least feel something that the medication has been suppressing, be it anger or sadness, and express some of it. This is essential because although antidepressants can be a useful tool, they also cover up emotions, some of which the patient might not even be aware.  When these emotions arise during therapy especially accompanied by a gradual decrease in the medication dosage, this may allow the person to live their lives through their emotions rather than in spite of them.”

At what point might you start trying to decrease a patient’s medication?

Dr. Rosin:  “With medical orgone therapy, once a patient becomes more aware of their emotions and able to express them more fully in the session and in their life, medication can be tapered slowly and carefully. This may, in fact, occur fairly quickly."

Is “Sue’s” story typical of someone who has been diagnosed with depression and treated with antidepressants?

Dr. Rosin: “In my experience with patients like “Sue” who have been on antidepressant medication, there is usually a significant underlying emotional problem that has never been addressed much less brought to light: There is an inability of the individual to tolerate various emotions. It’s as if they’re stuck, as “Sue” felt she was