Ostrolenk on Toward A More Integrated Psychology #ORadio

Ostrolenk is interviewed by @KikiWeingarten on his work and education in transpersonal counseling psychology. Ostrolenk chronicles how from a young age he was interested in alternative education, alternative medicines, and eastern philosophy; these lifelong interests eventually led him to higher education in transpersonal psychology. Ostrolenk discusses the need to create a more comprehensive model for psychology which includes physiological cultural, environmental and social factors. He also discusses his training and use of somatics in his therapy and coaching work. Other issues addressed include adapting to the world as it is or transforming oneself in relationship to a new world, defense mechanisms and their benefits, as well as the purpose of counseling.

Transpersonal Psychology #MentalMusings

Ostrolenk answers a question from @Coachkiki on transpersonal psychology, specifically detailing two classifications: non-ordinary states of consciousness, and stages of development. Through various interventions, individuals can enter non-ordinary states of consciousness and access information from times and entities not available during traditional consciousness. In stages of development, as described by Kohlberg, an individual transcends through a state of being egocentric, to ethnocentric, and finally to worldcentric. Ostrolenk provides details and examples of each classification, further noting that these are just two of many ways to conceive of transpersonal psychology.

The Future of the Quantified Self and Wearable Technology #MentalMusings

Ostrolenk answers a question from @Coachkiki on the quantified self movement, and relevant technology currently available. Noting that although technological devices are still immature, great advancements will be seen in the coming years. Alongside these future developments, there will be gains in the measurement of physiological functions and subsequent health and wellness interventions. However, gains will need to be balanced with privacy rights, as information from this technology becomes available to numerous audiences.

The Future of the Quantified Self and Wearable Technology #MentalMusings

Ostrolenk answers a question from @Coachkiki on the quantified self movement, and relevant technology currently available. Noting that although technological devices are still immature, great advancements will be seen in the coming years. Alongside these future developments, there will be gains in the measurement of physiological functions and subsequent health and wellness interventions. However, gains will need to be balanced with privacy rights, as information from this technology becomes available to numerous audiences.

Transpersonal Psychology #MentalMusings

Ostrolenk answers a question from @Coachkiki on transpersonal psychology, specifically detailing two classifications: non-ordinary states of consciousness, and stages of development. Through various interventions, individuals can enter non-ordinary states of consciousness and access information from times and entities not available during traditional consciousness. In stages of development, as described by Kohlberg, an individual transcends through a state of being egocentric, to ethnocentric, and finally to worldcentric. Ostrolenk provides details and examples of each classification, further noting that these are just two of many ways to conceive of transpersonal psychology.

Float Tanks #MentalMusings

Ostrolenk answers a question from @CoachKiki regarding his experience in float tanks, a process he describes for those that are not familiar. Ostrolenk classifies the process as both contemplative and meditative. During a contemplative experience, without modern-day distractions, the mind focuses internally, leading to new insights on various topics. During a meditative experience, the process is without intention and the brain seeks information from within the body; for many this may reach a hypnagogic state. Lastly, Ostrolenk describes the benefits floating provides to both the body and the mind.

For more information on floating in Washington, D.C. check out Hope Floats, as mentioned during this mental musing: www.hopefloatsusa.com, or listen to Kimberly Boone’s interview on the Ostrolenk Show.

Sacred Medicines #MentalMusings

Ostrolenk answers a question from @CoachKiki on conventional versus sacred medications. The current-day paradigm of using conventional medications, Ostrolenk argues, simply seeks to manage the symptoms of a chemical imbalance. A more beneficial model is a sacred medicines paradigm, which gives recognition to the fact that health and wellness are part of a larger system. More holistic approaches to the spectrum are herbal remedies like Kratom, Kratomystic, https://kratomystic.com which are becoming more and more popular with each use. Rather than an individualistic approach that works to alter personal chemistry, utilizing sacred medicines allows an individual to take a deep-dive in to the root causes of various troubles, and explore cures.

Sacred Medicines #MentalMusings

Ostrolenk answers a question from @CoachKiki on conventional versus sacred medications. The current-day paradigm of using conventional medications, Ostrolenk argues, simply seeks to manage the symptoms of a chemical imbalance. A more beneficial model is a sacred medicines paradigm, which gives recognition to the fact that health and wellness are part of a larger system. More holistic approaches to the spectrum are herbal remedies like Kratom, Kratomystic, https://kratomystic.com which are becoming more and more popular with each use. Rather than an individualistic approach that works to alter personal chemistry, utilizing sacred medicines allows an individual to take a deep-dive in to the root causes of various troubles, and explore cures.

Mediating Institutions in the Informational Age #MentalMusings

Ostrolenk speaks on society’s transformation from an industrial to informational age, and how, consequently, this will impact the mediating institutions in our lives. First defining mediating institutions as those that act as intermediaries between our personal life and the services we desire (i.e. a school to get education, a doctor to get medicine), Ostrolenk then discusses how information will alter the status quo. He argues, in the coming years there will be more direct contact between individuals and their services, and mediating institutions will either alter or cease to exist.
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