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Dear Friends:Leona Tockey, a dear friend who died last summer close to her 90th birthday, was a remarkable woman. She had a successful career as a psychotherapist specializing in sexual abuse issues,…Continue

The two Greta Myths of the Twentieth Century

Started this discussion. Last reply by Aleksandar Malecic Apr 26, 2014. 1 Reply

Where were you (or your parents) on October 12th, 1944? If you were a teenage girl in the New York City area, you might have been in or outside the Paramount Theater, where some thirty to thirty-five…Continue

 

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Barry’s Blog # 33: The Predator

Psychologist, author (The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief) and ritual leader Francis Weller has evolved a useful psychological concept.The Predator is a very common internal voice that means us no good. Sound familiar? It wants us to fail, setting impossibly…See More
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Barry’s Blog # 7: The Outside Agitator

In America’s fevered, paranoid imagination the “internal other” as drug dealer tempts the good citizens and leads them from the clear air of the palace roof down into the basements of sin. But the terrorist, the “external other,” wants to tunnel under the walls and destroy the palace itself. Since long before 9/11/2001, the fear mongers have been in the lucrative business of reducing rational human beings to quivering children, willing to trade their celebrated freedoms for a thin promise of…See More
Nov 23, 2018
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Barry’s Blog # 16: The Other Is You; Maybe Even More You Than You Are

Lately, perhaps more than at any other time in recent history, Americans find themselves in a full-blown epidemic of “othering.” We are obsessed with cataloging the qualities of those individuals and groups who appear to embody everything that we cannot accept about ourselves.Pick one or more: Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, Latino immigrants, transgender…See More
Nov 20, 2018
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Day of the Dead Grief Ritual at Hillside Church

November 3, 2018 from 9am to 6pm
Barry and Maya SpectorWith Bruce Silverman and Marcia Rayeneinvite you to our 21st annualDay of the DeadGrief RitualSaturday, November 3rd, 9:00-6:00Hillside Church, El Cerrito, CA.Whether or not we have recently lost loved ones, we all carry a heavy load of grief and stress simply by living in these times. If we can’t find ways to drop the weight of this emotional burden, we can become hopeless, bitter or numb. Letting it go makes room for a new kind of imagination to enter. But releasing…See More
Oct 5, 2018
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Barry's Blog # 255-7: The Mythic Foundations of Libertarianism, Parts 4-6

Part FourMyth is conveyed – and consumed – in narratives and images. So it is important to understand our most fundamental mythic image. The American obsession with individualism has been built up and buttressed by three centuries of stories, repeated in thousands of variations, of the lone, violent hero.All societies evolved versions of Joseph Campbell’s classic “monomyth” — except America. Whereas the classic hero is born in…See More
Oct 1, 2018
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Barry’s Blogs # 252-4: The Mythic Foundations of Libertarianism, Parts 1-3 of 6

Part OneAn earlier version of this essay was published in 2013 as the introductory chapter in Uncivil Liberties: Deconstructing Libertarianism, published by the Praxis Peace Institute.You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself. – Ivan BoeskyThis is America. If you’re not a winner, it’s your own fault. – Jerry FalwellFree money makes the rich strong and…See More
Sep 28, 2018
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Barry's Blog # 244-247: False Equivalencies, Parts 1-4 of 8

Part FiveWhether they are uttered by Trump or by respectable media pundits, false equivalencies typically come into use in order to marginalize progressive alternatives when actual counter-arguments to them would be unconvincing. Here’s the logic:A is the moderate opinion acceptable to those in power.B is a progressive alternative, which gatekeepers ignore.C is a loony, right wing conspiracy theory.Eventually, public pressure forces the gatekeepers to address B.When they can no longer ignore B,…See More
Sep 8, 2018
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Barry's Blog # 244-247: False Equivalencies, Parts 1-4 of 8

Part OneIn January 2013, Chuck Todd, chief White House correspondent for NBC, addressed a conference of professional vote-counters. His audience included sales reps for voting machine and software companies, as well as several state secretaries of state. Todd ridiculed critics of electronic election machines, saying that they must be paranoid to think that anyone would deliberately alter…See More
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Barry’s Blog # 243: Between the Worlds

11:00 A.M. – I leave Sebastopol in a good mood, after a wonderful poetry salon and a great breakfast with close friends. I have plenty of time to attend to today’s projects: get home, check the chickens, clean up, review the poems I might want to recite this evening during my KPFA interview about Rumi’s Caravan (www.rumiscaravan.com), meet another friend for coffee at 3:00, go to the Finnish Hall in Berkeley, park the car and leave posters for the Noah…See More
Jun 27, 2018
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Rumi’s Caravan Returns to Oakland at Unitarian Church

July 14, 2018 from 7pm to 10pm
Recitation of World Poetrywith Doug Von Koss, Barry and Maya Spector, Larry Robinson, Kay Crista and others,and musicians Christine Tulis and Suellen Primost and Sufi dancer Chelsea Rose TICKETS: $15.00/Advance, $30.00 at the doorhttps://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3371248 A Poetic Conversation: For seventeen years Rumi’s Caravan has inspired audiences, weaving together poems by Rumi, Hafez, Machado, Rilke, Yeats, Mary Oliver,…See More
Jun 2, 2018
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Rumi's Caravan Returns to Oakland at Unitarian Church

July 14, 2018 from 7pm to 10pm
July 14th:Rumi’s Caravan Returns to Oakland Unitarian Church, 685 14th Street, 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00)   Recitation of World Poetrywith Doug Von Koss, Barry and Maya Spector, Larry Robinson, Kay Crista and others,and musicians Christine Tulis and Suellen Primost and Sufi dancer Chelsea Rose TICKETS: $15.00/Advance, $30.00 at the doorhttps://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3371248 A Poetic Conversation: For seventeen years Rumi’s…See More
May 16, 2018
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Barry's Blog # 42: The Myth of Israeli Innocence

The Myth of Israeli InnocencePart OneThere is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population – Moshe DayanThis essay is not really about politics; it’s about how politics reflects mythology, and together they create history.When 15th-Century European explorers “discovered” (a phrase used until only a few years ago) the “new world,” the power of myth…See More
Mar 8, 2018

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I am an author, utilizing archetypal psychology to understand American myth, history and culture. My book is: "Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence" (Regent Press 2010).
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Barry Spector's Blog

Barry’s Blog # 33: The Predator

Posted on January 15, 2019 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Psychologist, author (The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief) and ritual leader Francis Weller has evolved a useful psychological concept.

The Predator is a…

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Barry's Blogs # 258-259: A Vacation In Chaos

Posted on December 29, 2018 at 6:53pm 0 Comments

Part One

To really understand our stubborn attachment to the myth of American Innocence, we must become familiar with our heritage of the paranoid imagination. It combines eternal vigilance, literalistic religion and constant anxiety with contempt for the erotic and a highly creative style of sadism. Why these last two features? Because what we will not allow ourselves to desire becomes a vector of judgment, fear and hatred of those whom we perceive as being willing…

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Barry’s Blog # 7: The Outside Agitator

Posted on November 23, 2018 at 3:42pm 0 Comments

In America’s fevered, paranoid imagination the “internal other” as drug dealer tempts the good citizens and leads them from the clear air of the palace roof down into the basements of sin. But the terrorist, the “external other,” wants to tunnel under the walls and destroy the palace itself. Since long before 9/11/2001, the fear mongers have been in the lucrative business of reducing rational human beings to quivering children, willing to trade their celebrated freedoms for a thin promise of…

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Barry’s Blog # 16: The Other Is You; Maybe Even More You Than You Are

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 12:26pm 0 Comments

Lately, perhaps more than at any other time in recent history, Americans find themselves in a full-blown epidemic of “othering.” We are obsessed with cataloging the qualities of those individuals and groups who appear to embody everything that we cannot accept about ourselves.

Pick one or more: Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un,…

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At 8:17pm on August 21, 2012, Mark Winborn said…

Hi Barry -

Will do.  And send yours to

5050 Poplar Ave., Suite 1633

Memphis, TN  38157

 

At 2:53pm on August 6, 2011, Bonnie Bright said…

Hi Barry. I'd like to add my welcome to Ed's and thank you for sending the links and articles for your work by email. You've done some wonderful things in your career and it's great you've found the Alliance. My main goal in founding this community is to help get depth psych out into the world and you have a both a wealth of information to share and willingness to share it. I am truly glad to meet anyone so in tune with a calling!

I hope you'll find this a place to deeply connect with likeminded others and that you will actively engage whenever you can find the time. I find it truly wonderful to be involved in this dynamic and growing community--especially since it allows us to connect from all over the globe in a way we otherwise could not.

I'll get those links up in the next couple of days. In the meantime, it looks like you're already off and running, but I'll  send you some tips on navigating the site in a separate email in case its of help. Enjoy the site, and I look forward to seeing you around. ~Bonnie Bright, Founder

At 6:32am on August 4, 2011, Ed Koffenberger said…

Welcome Barry,

Glad you have found the Alliance and have decided to join. Your new book sounds intriguing and it will be on my shelf soon. These is an author's group where this information about your book can be posted as well. As an American, I lost my innocence about the nation during the Vietnam War era. Still lament its passing from time to time.

Ed

 
 
 


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