Some like to call it Gamma Jamma. I think that will be the name of the second location we open
Over the next two years, I will be using this blog to share with you, if you would humor me, the evolution of my disserataion on the intersection of EEG and Depth Psychology. There will be sprinklings of many other topics here. I hope you find them agreeable.
I find myself in an odd place in time, in that I am educated in a humanistic field—Depth Psychology. Mucb of the work I have done from 2008 to today has been psychotherapeutic. I’ve worked with homeless individuals, with troubled kids, with kindergarteners and first graders (and puppets!) and, of course, the every day Joes and Janes.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is undoubtedly humanistic. It is watery, deals with imagery, emotion, psi-phenomena, spirituality, love. EEG has been largely relegated to the medical field, where its been used primarily as a diagnostic tool. I spent a good chunk of time in a neurology lab, analyzing many-a-EEG.
Yet, to merge these two schools of thought has had neurologists and psychologists groaning in disdain. Each considers the other a lesser form of helping people. And the fact it, the realm of science has always been reluctant to test and measure subjective human states, dependent upon the subjective individuals’ reports. In philosophical circles, this is known as the “hard problem of consciousness.” The “problem” can be seen in the division between “inner and outer,” between the brain and the mind. The roots of this “problem” run deep. Patanjali, author of the yoga sutras, chastised those who identified with form—quite opposite of the western world’s material favoritism. Patanjali noted that he who identifies with form (“prakriti”) will inevitably suffer. He noted the easiest way to separate self from form was to find opportunities in experiences that are suffering (Patanjali, 1888/1978).
My fundamental belief is that brainwaves can and do represent the psychological states of an individual, which are the subjective states of the individual. This belief is the path I plan to course in the pages of my dissertation, focusing on the intersection of empirical, tangible, and visible, electroencephalography or “EEG,” (the polarizing and depolarizing of action potentials along axons that makes up brainwaves) and the subtle, emotionally and psychically nuanced field of Depth Psychology: the psychodynamic and fluid approach to understanding the unconscious’s weave in conscious reality, largely founded on the theories of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud.
Depth Psychology and EEG seem an unlikely pair of sisters, the former is explicitly humanistic and the latter is explicitly empirical. But they share a lineage. Analogous to the sister sciences of astrology and astronomy, the former is an eclectic gnosis—to some a means of divining—and the latter is understood using physics, biology and mathematics. Indeed, electroencephalography has been tied to the medical field of neurology for a long time. While its main clinical diagnostic use is for the assessment of epilepsy, brain damage, and neurological disorders, EEG can, and I argue must be extended to the realm of human consciousness. This scientific-humanistic threshold is one that I straddle daily as a professional in the fields of Depth psychotherapy and neurotherapy.
These two schools of gnosis are in relationship. Some of the contexts this relationship will be explained in include: synchronicity and the fascinating empirical world of emerging properties, self-organizing systems, and complexity. This will be demonstrated, in part, with the exemplification that EEG can be paired with frequencies found dominant in physics, planetary phenomena, healing, and the energetic composition of all lifeforms organic.
The notion of the universe as an interconnected whole is the basis of eastern thought and mysticism, and for better or worse, the basis of much of New Age thought, which has served to educate the laypublic of physics, but has also dumbed down the science, sometimes into unrecognizable form.Fortunately, the field of neurotherapy (neurofeedback and neuromodulation) has produced minds that have been willing to cast aside orthodox belief to dip into treatments once riddled with accusations of speciousness and charlatanry. This presentation will give credence, via science and empirical data, to that which is otherwise untouchable in orthodox academia.