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Dr. Keith and Corey explore an Integral understanding of personality disorders, and how they fit into the mass formation distortions that currently seem to be happening all around us in our culture.
According to Keith, personality disorders are characterized by people being distressed by the consequences of their problems — social disapproval, depression, anxiety, frustration with others, or chronic failure — rather than the cause of their problems — pervasive and enduring aspects of their personalities where they only have one way to be, and that way produces drama instead of solving problems.
Narcissism: Feeding your image at expense of the self and objectifying others for gratification.
Paranoia: Chronic suspicion of the people around us, sometimes even our own friends and family.
Borderline personality disorder: Erratic and unstable cycles of love/hate
Anti-social personality disorder: Refusal to honor agreements, often accompanied by constant manipulation of people in our lives.
Mass formation delusions — defined as “an entire group, an entire population, all at the same time losing their rational faculties, being unable to think, acting as a herd” — create similar states among groups of people, supported by cultures that continually reinforce these sorts of personality distortions (“owning the libs”, supporting the leader right or wrong, etc.). In both cases, respectful and non-violent speech seem to be the most effective remedies in the long run — but it can be a very long run.
Watch as Corey and Keith talk about the four quadrant factors that promote and perpetuate these sorts of dysfunctions — runaway coping mechanisms in the UL, neurological and physiological chemistry in the UR, cultural patterns and persuasions in the LL, and technological pressures and pathologies in the LR. All together, this four quadrant breakdown offers us a much fuller understanding of these challenges, and how to better navigate them in our daily lives.
Dr. Keith Witt and Corey deVos
Dr. Keith and Corey take a careful look at the strategies and intended results of gaslighting — in our personal and professional relationships, as well as in media, marketing, politics, and society at-large. How can we can better inoculate ourselves from this pernicious form of psychological manipulation? Watch to find out!
Dr. Keith Witt and Corey deVos
Dr. Keith and Corey discuss “the H Factor” — a variation of the Big 5 personality types that adds a critical sixth trait, honesty and humility. Watch as we take a deep dive into the psychological benefits of honest self-reporting, of cultivating a healthy epistemic humility, and the sorts of “reality distortion fields” that seem to emanate from certain personalities.
Dr. Keith Witt and Corey deVos
Dr. Keith and Corey explore the two primary forms of reasoning — confirmatory reasoning, otherwise known as “confirmation bias”, and exploratory reasoning, which considers multiple perspectives and anticipates criticism and objection to one’s views and positions.
Previous Episodes of Witt & Wisdom
The Psychology of Splitting
From the Cambrian Explosion to the Human Explosion
Why Greater Depth Means Greater Responsibility
Integral Perspectives on Alcoholism
Toward an Integral Meta-Psychotherapy
The Art and Science of the Intentional Love Affair
When Therapists Go Woke
Mastery, Collaboration, and Finding Your Unique Healing Style
What Makes Us Happy? Growing Toward Anti-Fragility
How Self-Hatred Can Lead to Self Transformation
How Attachment Theory Can Improve Your Relationships
Escaping the Comfort Zone: Motivation, Shame, and the Will to Transform
Psychedelic Therapy and the Politics of Consciousness
How Change Works: Supporting Vertical Development
How Healthy Relationships Manage Conflict
Personality as the Base Note of Change Work
Making Sense of Madness: Personality Disorders and Mass Formation Delusions
Authoring Your Life Story: The Hero’s Journey and You
How to Teach Kids About Sex and Gender
An Integral Understanding of Narcissism and Gaslighting
The Awakened Brain: The Neurobiology of Spiritual Experience
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About Keith Witt
Dr. Keith Witt is a Licensed Psychologist, teacher, and author who has lived and worked in Santa Barbara, CA. for over forty years. Dr. Witt is also the founder of The School of Love.
About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is editor and producer of Integral Life. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.