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My 40 Year Flirtation With Energy Psychology

My 40 Year Flirtation With Energy Psychology

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When I began training as a psychotherapist in 1965, I wanted to save the world. Well, if I were telling the whole truth, I’d say that I really wanted to save myself. I wanted to understand why I did the things I did and felt the things I felt. And if I were being completely honest I would tell you I became a psychotherapist because I wanted to understand why my father tried to commit suicide when I was five years old and what I, or anyone, could have done to help him. This journey has led me to the emerging field of Energy Psychology.
When I began training as a psychotherapist in 1965, I wanted to save the world. Well, if I were telling the whole truth, I’d say that I really wanted to save myself. I wanted to understand why I did the things I did and felt the things I felt. And if I were being completely honest I would tell you I became a psychotherapist because I wanted to understand why my father tried to commit suicide when I was five years old and what I, or anyone, could have done to help him. This journey has led me to the emerging field of Energy Psychology.

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My 40 Year Flirtation with Energy Psychology:
Confessions of a Scientific Skeptic
Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a health-care professional for the last 45 years.He is the author of 9 books, including
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places,Male Menopause,The Irritable Male Syndrome, 
. He offers counseling to men,women, and couples in his office in California or by phone with people throughoutthe U.S. and around the world. To receive a Free E-book on Men’s Health and afree subscription to Jed’s e-newsletter go towww.MenAlive.com. If you enjoy myarticles, please subscribe. I write to everyone who joins my Scribd team.I grew up in a family that relied on things that you could see, touch, andconstruct. My mother was the office manager for a company called Tubular Structures that made very solid scaffolding out of pipe--the kind you see big burlymen climbing up and down as they paint houses and fix upper story windows.My step-father was a welder, carpenter, and all around handy-man. He couldbuild anything and made me a fabulous tree house when I was nine years-old.But there was darker side to our family history that we rarely talked about. Mybiological father was a writer, poet, and stage actor. When I was 5 years old, hetried to commit suicide and was hospitalized at Camarillo State Mental Hospital,north of Los Angeles. I tried to understand what happened to him. But my 5year-old mind couldn’t grasp the idea that he had been taken down by amysterious “nervous breakdown” that I certainly couldn’t see and no one seemedto be able to explain. I never saw him again until the day I graduated college.Looking back I realize that my whole life has been shaped by these twocompeting forces: (1) The world of things we can engage and manipulate withour 5 senses, the “tubular structures” of the world. (2) The world of energy and
 
spirit that can cause “nervous breakdowns” as well as inspired writing andbeautiful poetry. My mother always had a fear that I would turn out like myfather and “lose my mind” and she encouraged me to pursue a scientificeducation that she hoped would lead me to safety and a good solid profession (“Iwouldn’t mind,” she told me “if you decided to be a doctor.”)I got the message and went on to college with a pre-med course of study,majoring in zoology, biology, and biochemistry. I graduated Magna Cum Laudeand got a 4 year, full-tuition fellowship to U.C. San Francisco Medical School andmy future was assured. There was only one glitch. My long lost father showedup at my college graduation and we spent the summer together prior to mystarting medical school in the fall.I learned that he had escaped from the mental hospital after being locked upfor more than 7 years (escape was not an easy feat in those days) and hadbecome a street puppeteer. I was both drawn to his world of feelings, emotions,and “crazy ideas” (on the spur of the moment we jumped on a bus in LosAngeles and went to San Diego to see a Shakespeare play.) He also scared meto death. I knew enough psychology to be aware that he had more than a touchof “madness” himself.I did, indeed, start medical school in the fall, but dropped out after threeweeks. It must have seemed a crazy thing to do because they required me tosee a psychiatrist before they’d allow me to leave. Many people would do mostanything to get in to one of the top medical schools in the country and get a freeride the whole way. Here I was giving the money back and leaving for points

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