Mindfulness is balancing emotion mind and wise mind.Distress Tolerance is when you have a problem you cannot solve, but you don't want to make it worse.Emotion Regulation is having less negative emotions and vulnerability, and more positive emotional experiences.Interpersonal Effectiveness is asking for what you want and saying no effectively.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Dialectical approach in politics, philosophy and religion?

Absolutism vs. Relativism

Chapter from Ethical Theories

Pros n Cons

Dialectical materialism, a philosophical approach to reality derived from the writings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. ... They did not deny the reality of mental or spiritual processes but affirmed that ideas could arise, therefore, only as products and reflections of material conditions.May 26, 2020

Metaphysical idealism is an ontological doctrine that holds that reality itself is incorporeal or experiential at its core. ... Objective idealists make claims about a transempirical world, but simply deny that this world is essentially divorced from or ontologically prior to the mental.
Hegel's dialectic, Marx says, inappropriately concerns "the process of the human brain"; it focuses on ideas. Hegel's thought is in fact sometimes called dialectical idealism, and Hegel himself is counted among a number of other philosophers known as the German idealists.
Materialism is not a new theory of metaphysics. It traces its roots back to the early Greek philosophers before Socrates. When Thales deduced that the fundamental substance of everything was water he was, in essence, giving a materialist answer to that question. The same can be said for Empedocles postulating the existence of four elements: air, earth, fire, and water. The atomists, Leucippus and Democritus, proposed the fundamental material substance with which we are somewhat familiar as the building block for all material substance; the atom.

Human Development--Kramer's classification of absolutist, relativistic, and dialectical styles of adult thought

In early adulthood, many people are in the absolutist phase: they are capable of addressing many problems, but they tend to believe that all problems have a correct answer. For example, a young person might commence university study believing that it will be a matter of learning facts and procedures, that the lecturers know everything and will tell you what is right and wrong.
Students now appreciate that there are many theories and much conflicting evidence - but awareness of the diversity of perspectives can lead them to assume that very little is dependable. So, for example, your lecturer could spring a new theory on you at any time, and could herself be wrong. There is evidence that the undergraduate experience (where one is regularly dealing with conflicting theories and ideas) can facilitate the development of relativist thinking
They can understand why there are diverse views, and they can appreciate that the overall progress and contributions of their chosen discipline derives from efforts to resolve its internal contradictions; this type of reasoning is more characteristic of people studying at higher degree level or of university staff. Although aspects of dialectical reasoning can be found in adults in their 20s and 30s, Kramer's (1989) research led her to the conclusion that this stage is only fully realized in late adulthood.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020


I decided today to remove the redirect to http://hoodriverdbt.com because I no longer live there.
New url: https://emotionalempowermentdbt.blogspot.com/
I live in West Linn and work at the Gladstone office of Western Psychological & Counseling Services.
I apologize in advance for numerous broken links this will cause.  Jane

Saturday, April 11, 2020

What is Radical Openness?


What Is Radical Openness? audio

•Radical openness means being open to new information or disconfirming feedback in order to learn.
•Radical openness helps us learn to celebrate self-­discovery—­it is freedom from being stuck.
•Radical openness can be rewarding—­it often involves trying out novel ways of behaving that may help us cope more effectively.
•Radical openness is courageous—­it alerts us to areas of our life that may need to change.
•Radical openness enhances relationships—­it models humility and readiness to learn from what the world has to offer.
•Radical openness involves purposeful self-­enquiry and a willingness to acknowledge one’s fallibility—­with an intention to change (if needed). It can be both painful and liberating.
•Radical openness challenges our perceptions of reality. We don’t see things as they are—­we see things as we are.
•Being open to learning new things involves a willingness to consider that there are many ways to get to the same place.
•Radical openness takes responsibility for our personal reactions and emotions—­rather than automatically blaming others or the world.
•Radical openness helps us adapt to an ever-­changing environment.

Radical Openness Is Not… 

•Approval, naively believing, or mindlessly giving in
•Assuming one already knows the answer
•Something that can solely be understood intellectually—­it requires direct and repeated practice
•Rejecting the past
•Expecting good things to happen
•Always changing
•Being rigid about being open

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Theory and Practice for Treating Disorders of Overcontrol

by Thomas R. Lynch PhD

Handout 1.3 PDF
Handout 1.3 audio