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Wild Mind

Wild Mind

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Our human psyches possess astonishing resources that wait within us, but we might not even know they exist until we discover how to access them and cultivate their powers, their untapped potentials and depths. Wild Mind identifies these resources — which Bill Plotkin calls the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness — and also the four sets of fragmented or wounded subpersonalities that form during childhood. Rather than proposing ways to eliminate our subpersonalities (which is not possible) or to beat them into submission, Plotkin describes how to cultivate the four facets of the Self and discover the gifts of our subpersonalities. The key to reclaiming our original wholeness is not merely to suppress psychological symptoms, recover from addictions and trauma, or manage stress but rather to fully embody our multifaceted wild minds, commit ourselves to the largest, soul-infused story we’re capable of living, and serve the greater Earth community.
Our human psyches possess astonishing resources that wait within us, but we might not even know they exist until we discover how to access them and cultivate their powers, their untapped potentials and depths. Wild Mind identifies these resources — which Bill Plotkin calls the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness — and also the four sets of fragmented or wounded subpersonalities that form during childhood. Rather than proposing ways to eliminate our subpersonalities (which is not possible) or to beat them into submission, Plotkin describes how to cultivate the four facets of the Self and discover the gifts of our subpersonalities. The key to reclaiming our original wholeness is not merely to suppress psychological symptoms, recover from addictions and trauma, or manage stress but rather to fully embody our multifaceted wild minds, commit ourselves to the largest, soul-infused story we’re capable of living, and serve the greater Earth community.

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Introduction
Re-Visiig our Seves
le he day grw  yu upwardhrugh yur fee,he vegea kuckes, yur kees f se,ui by eveig yu are a back ree;fee, wih eveig,he swifs hicke yur hair,he ew m risig u f yur frehead,ad he mi veis f siverruig frm yur armpisike rivues uder whie eaves.Seep, as ascrss ver yur eyeids.Yu have ever pssessed ayhig as deepy as his.this is a yu have wedfrm he rs ucry hrugh frever; yu ca ever be dispssessed.
— Derek Walcott, “Earth”
 
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Wid Mid
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t’s time to take another look at ourselves — to re-enliven our sense o what it is to be human, to breathe new lie into ancient intuitions o whowe are, and to learn again to celebrate, as we once did, our instinctive afn-ity with the Earth community in which we’re rooted. We’re called now torediscover what it means to be human beings in a wildly diverse world o eathered, urred, and scaled ellow creatures; owers and orests; moun-tains, rivers, and oceans; wind, rain, and snow; Sun and Moon.It’s time to take an ecological and holistic look at the human psyche, tomake a resh start with Western psychology.
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In an era when the revealedinterdependency o all things is radically reshaping every feld o knowl-edge, what might we discover about the human psyche — the totality o ourpsychological capacities, both conscious and unconscious — when we con-sider that we, too, are expressions o nature’s qualities, patterns, and motis?We’re being summoned by the world itsel to make many urgentchanges to the human project, but most central is a undamental re-visioningand reshaping o 
ourselves
, a shit in consciousness. We must reclaim andembody our original wholeness, our indigenous human nature granted tous by nature itsel. And the key to reclaiming our original wholeness is notmerely to suppress psychological symptoms, recover rom addictions andtrauma, manage stress, or reurbish dysunctional relationships but ratherto ully esh out our multiaceted, wild psyches, committing ourselves tothe largest story we’re capable o living, serving something bigger thanourselves. We must dare again to dream the impossible and to romance theworld, to eel and honor our kinship with all species and habitats, to em-brace the troubling wisdom o paradox, and to shape ourselves into vision-aries with the artistry to revitalize our enchanted and endangered world.
Becoming Fully Human
Emerging in the late nineteenth century, Western psychology was seededin that era’s prevailing practice and philosophy o medicine. Psychology’socus was on diagnosis and treatment o symptoms, diseases, and “mentalillness.” It was, and in many ways still is, an attempt to identiy what couldand does go wrong with the human psyche when scrutinized outside its cul-tural and ecological contexts: neuroses, psychoses, personality and attach-ment disorders, manias, depressions, obsessions, and addictions. With ew

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