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The Power of the Moment

First and foremost, taking what I like to call a ‘Buddhist Pause’, permits us to witness our own interior processing. We can then see the patterns of thoughts and feelings flowing by as if they were ‘debris’ floating upon the stream of consciousness. We become witness the very business of being.

Secondarily, any and all opportunities to influence that internal activity exist in real time only.

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Recollections are What Exactly?

Each moment you reminisce you are tapping your imaginational wherewithal. You are tapping the record of your past experience and, picking and choosing from that ‘data’, a piece of the puzzle.  The event in real time was necessarily filtered; you saw from your own vantage point only. And now, something in the moment has triggered [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Become a Botanist of Mind

Botanists get the ball rolling. They identify plant forms. They identify the position of each form on the phylogenetic chart. They distinguish it as a type. They note it’s relationship to other types. From that, much science follows. Typing permits one kind of understanding; the nature of the form, it’s history, it’s wherewithal. Exploration of those characteristics [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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‘Witness’ your Thoughts

Can you witness your thoughts at least twice today? Obviously you are aware of your thoughts. We are typically immersed in our thoughts, profoundly influenced by them.  Hopefully, we are frequently entertained by our them. This is good! However ‘witnessing’  your thoughts is tricky. Imagine yourself sitting beside the stream of your own consciousness. Oh,  There’s [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Your Mental Wherewithal

Edit and Code Thoughts? Your mind is an information management system. It can be managed. One of the most common ‘errors’ I encountered as a therapist was confusion of thoughts with emotions. I would ask, ‘how do you feel about that?‘ Someone would reply, ‘Well, I think that…’. I might ask again, ‘how do you [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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‘In Denial’ or Useful Filtering?

Have you ever been accused of being ‘in denial?’ The good news is that   ‘a la google’ we have filters! Our phenomenal self-organizing mind creates filters from day 1 or thereabouts. Do you really need to note the pattern of ceiling tiles above your head? Probably if you sell ceiling tiles, but other than [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Our Psychological Immune System

Our Mind itself is capable of mustering extraordinary defenses. It’s not only OK to ‘be defensive” it’s often in our best interest. Understanding of our psychological defenses enables us to well use them. Our psychological immune system is as complex as our physical immune system and so a full understanding of it takes time and [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Children Heal Themselves

My post regarding Mindful Children has generated some interest. I have been asked to elaborate regarding the self healing abilities of children in particular. Non-Directive Therapy for Children. Parents can create therapeutic conditions for their children at home. Parents primary job is of course, to mother and father, however children are possessed of extraordinary abilities [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Quantum Aspect of Mind Dictates ‘Therapeutic’ Approach

The science is here folks; Mindfulness and exercise of Free Won’t provides the platform for growth. Call it therapy if you like. I don’t call it ‘therapy’ myself. Like Freud, I see our ways of being as simply the end result of a trajectory. We’ve been building our world view and  ’templates for action’ for [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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The Quantum ‘Aspect’ of Mind

Thoughts firing, neurons firing, chemicals released…all are of the material world; hence classical physics applies. Which thoughts occur, which neurons fire, which chemicals are released…is ‘determined in the ‘quantum domain’. Huh? Never fear; no doubt you already allude to the quantum domain in the course of everyday life. Have you ever said; “what are the [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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