Archive for June, 2005

Psychotherapy Online

June 29, 2005

I have been full up in my practice for a long time. A lot of f2f clients, a lot of clients online and also some personal commitments. The latter two have eased off and I can now take on some more clients. I have taken the “full up” notice of my website and it will be interesting to see how long it takes before it is back up!

I love doing psychotherapy online. I know that it has a potential for depth and healing. I don’t think it is useful to compare it to f2f work. I have had some clients who prefer it, others who do both, and some who have come because of geographical isolation or for financial reasons ($NZ is more affordable than $US). I know it works and I love doing it, but it does not replace my f2f work. I can only do about a quarter of my case load online. I need time away from the computer, and spend a lot of time there already!

The other thing I love about doing psychotherapy online is that it is an exploration of the psyche. How does medium affect the work? I have learnt a lot about that over the years and I have some surprising insights. They surprised me.



Network structure alone is not everything

June 29, 2005

A while back I participated in some sort of “six degrees” type research. I forget what I had to do or what I did. I was not really involved, my heart was not in it even though I am very interested in the psyche of social networks. The results are summed up here: An Experimental Study of Search in Global Social Networks — Dodds et al. 301 (5634): 827 — Science:

Our results therefore suggest that if individuals searching for remote targets do not have sufficient incentives to proceed, the small-world hypothesis will not appear to hold (13), but that even a slight increase in incentives can render social searches successful under broad conditions. More generally, the experimental approach adopted here suggests that empirically observed network structure can only be meaningfully interpreted in light of the actions, strategies, and even perceptions of the individuals embedded in the network: Network structure alone is not everything.

I think it is a good result. It simply points to the fogotten Sociometry of J.L. Moreno, proving his point: incentives, motivation, participation are important! Here are Moreno’s criteria for good sociometry, which I have summarised in an article I am writing and which will put on the net soon.

  1. Participants are informed, ready, willing and able to participate.
  2. Participants in the group are “researchers”, and the leader is also a participant.
  3. Participation is done in action. Learning is experiential, it is learning by doing.
  4. There is acknowledgment of the difference between process dynamics and the manifest content. To quote Moreno: “there is a deep discrepancy between the official and the secret behaviour of members”. (1951:39) Moreno advocates that before any “social program” can be proposed, the director has to “take into account the actual constitution of the group.” (ibid)
  5. Rule of adequate motivation: “Every participant should feel about the experiment that it is in his (or her) own cause . . . that it is an opportunity for him (or her) to become an active agent in matters concerning his (or her) life situation.” (ibid)
  6. Rule of “gradual” inclusion of all extraneous criteria. Moreno speaks here of “the slow dialectic process of the sociometric experiment”.

References are to: Moreno, J. L., 1951, Sociometry, Experimental Method and the Science of Society . Beacon House, Beacon, New York. Page 31


Noticing “afliction under the addiction”

June 28, 2005

It is interesting how in a day of sessions a theme will recur from one session to another. One could say that it is because of me – I am the common factor in all the days sessions after all. I am entertaining the idea that it is not “me”, at least not my usual day world self. Though just how I am not sure.

A recent theme was the simple exploration of what sheltered under the exterior presentation of an unwanted habit. Each exploration followed a similar path:

Lets take the habit of speeding… what is under that? A bit of a thrill, a surge of adrenalin. Where would you really like to have thrills and adrenalin? … In my relationship.

The habit of brooding and not acting… what is under that? Fear of not being able to achieve. What would you like to achieve? A good relationship.

The habit of getting into arguments… what is under that? Relieves boredom, gets attention. What would not be boring, what sort of attention do you really want? A good relationship.

These three hypothetical situations illustrate the essence of the theme, it continued all that day. Now why would it do that? It is as if once Eros enters the room he does not leave.

Desire for love and attention is a powerful force! The addictions work very briefly and then make things worse. However, they point to what is needed. The psyche is pushing for something, but trapped. The instant gratification needs to be suspended to actually heal the underlying wound. The “attention seeking” is not totally silly, loving caring attention to an inner child is on the agenda, on top of the list!

Noticing the real need hidden under the craving heals. Noticing a lost child heals. Awareness helps. Awareness is love. There is no awareness without attention. Attention is love. In that very moment the sought attention is achieved. Consciousness of the process that overrides the old pain is all that is needed to sustain the repair of the soul.

The psychnote tag collects posts with reflections about the psychotherapy I practice.

Esthr’s Blog: flickr!

June 27, 2005

Esther Dyson once had a blog it now tells us she has a new blog home at Flickr: Photos from Esthr. Now that is an example of a great mind and spirit really. (note the way she spels her name on flickr) To be able to reconceptualise flickr as a blog & then act on it. No wonder she is good at what she does.

Reconceptualising the blog is a great idea though. I had a thought today that I would write purely psychological stuff on here – professional creative inspirational notes about psychotherapy. Then, not having a good category system here I thought – why not just tag them, so they create a technorati blog. My psyber posts should be doing that! I’ll tag this one that way & see what the psyber tag does over there. Well all from Waltr for now.


Podcasting from this blog!

June 26, 2005

It will happen, even thoug early attempts have not quite made the grade.

Here is the Kate & I chatting about Horse Treks our very first, now stored on Ourmedia. Testing if that will be the place to store the files! Let me know if the download works.

I have uploaded another small test but its not visible (yet?).

My renewed interest in this is that Ron our friend at Plains FM is interested in linking community radio in Christchurch to the Net. I suggested Ourmedia as a way to do it. But will it do it?

And what the hell would be a good model for that? They have a wealth of old audio, they have reach into the Christchurch community but how could that be deepened and broadened?

Not just the usual suspects

June 26, 2005

AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 MOVIE QUOTES, loved looking at this list, some great quotes, some just part of the language, but I did not know where they came from. Like this one:

Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.

Dracula 1931. I only know the phrase from the Cassandra Wilson song. And “Round up the usual suspects” – Cassablanca. Makes me want to see some old movies just to hear the quotes!

Reason: You’d Have to Be Crazy: Mental illness is the new normal

June 22, 2005

Reason: You’d Have to Be Crazy: Mental illness is the new normal:

In the sketch Steve Martin plays Theodoric of York, a medieval barber with a patient whose condition has not improved despite a bloodletting, a sheep’s-urine-and-staghorn poultice, and a night buried in the marsh up to her neck. ‘Medicine is not an exact science,’ Theodoric tells the girl’s mother, ‘but we are learning all the time. Why, just fifty years ago, they thought a disease like your daughter’s was caused by demonic possession or witchcraft. But nowadays we know that Isabelle is suffering from an imbalance of bodily humors, perhaps caused by a toad or a small dwarf living in her stomach.

That funny bit makes its point well. As does this more serious bit:

Judging from the way psychiatrists respond to Szasz’s critique, most of them believe schizophrenia and perhaps a few other conditions described in the DSM are diseases of the brain in the same sense as Alzheimer’s or multiple sclerosis, albeit with etiologies that are not yet clear. But when it comes to habits and traits such as smoking, gambling, gluttony, shyness, impulsiveness, inattentiveness, dishonesty, and nastiness—not to mention diagnoses that have fallen out of psychiatric fashion, such as homosexuality and multiple personality disorder—even psychiatrists recognize the arbitrariness of their taxonomy.

In my eyes psychotherapy is a way of talking about the psyche that is nothing to do with health or illness, it is a way of reclaiming a holistic account of the self that was provided by religiothe and superstition and in the past. The language of medicine distorts the holistic endeavour.

Property for the people

June 20, 2005

property for the people More review of the Koepsell Ontology book, and also of another: Peter Drahos & John Braithwaite

Ontology of Cyberspace – book links

June 20, 2005

Here is the first chapter of the book by David Koepsell –

The popular culture, and unfortunately, even the few philosophical works pertaining to cyberspace, do not challenge the assumption that cyberspace is intangible, or that its objects are somehow special. In actuality, cyberspace is just another expressive medium. Since the sixties, however, notions about the nature of media have been confused in no small part due to Marshall McLuhan whose confused and confusing mantra — “the medium is the message” — survives in almost every existing account of cyberspace. The medium is the medium and the message is the message. There is, as we will see, no theoretically sound basis to conflate the two. Moreover, everything we create purposefully is an expression in some medium.

Mistakes about these concepts have led to a confused ontology, or categorization, of cyberspace and its constituents. These mistakes have also, as a result of parallel developments, come to be reflected in a legal scheme which no longer works. What follows is an argument in support of these contentions, and a proposal for a new ontology of cyberspace and of intellectual property in general. The new ontology avoids the mistakes outlined above, and serves as a rational alternative to the myths which surround cyberspace and all computer-mediated phenomena.


Thunderbird “Search don’t filter”

June 19, 2005

Saved Search – MozillaZine Knowledge Base
Thunderbird has a Saved Search function that is really the best idea yet for email. Rivals Gmail’s Labels – (Thunderbird also has support for labels). I am testing it now to see if this will replace ALL my folders and allow me to have ONE BIG inbox plus virtual folders? And no filters at all to sort thee mail as it arrives? Could that work? Right now it is working well for me in some test folders. I particularly like the way I can set it up to have my replies go into the folder next to the sent messages. The fuctionality is very like playlists in iTunes and Sets in Flickr. So far I have not been able to mix AND and OR searchers. In iTunes a smart playlist can search other playlists, and that is how I acheive that there.

A Saved Search folder is a “virtual folder” in the sense that it merely displays a set of messages that meet the search criteria, while the actual messages remain stored elsewhere. If you select and delete a message inside a Saved Search folder it will get deleted from its actual location, but if you delete a Saved Search folder itself all of the actual messages will remain intact. Moreover, unlike a normal folder, if you modify the search criteria for a Saved Search folder its virtual “contents” will be accordingly updated. Your Saved Search folders will remain in the folders pane even after you exit and restart Thunderbird, until you delete them, thus giving you quick and convenient access to your pre-defined searches.

Audigy 2nx

June 16, 2005

PCTronix Ltd Cheapest Audigy 2nx I found in NZ, though also looking at thison Trade me. But will it actually work?

* USB 2.0 audio support is required for 24-bit/96kHz Multi-channel playback, and simultaneous playback and recording. USB 2.0 is only supported in Windows XP and requires online software update from Microsoft and when available.

Comments would be appreciated.

Google Search: “Wouter Logeman”

June 15, 2005

Google Search: “Wouter Logeman” My original dutch name did not come up in search – so I am fixing that. If you find me this way you are probably a relative! “Leuk dat je me hier heb gevonden.” I changed my name in 1952 – all on my own bat when I found that children at the Oyster Bay School just made a mess of the pronounciation. At the age of 7 or 8 I was too young to really make that decision, but it stuck. Worse was that as the older brother I also chose a new name for my brother Huug. I translated it to Herbert, which was not right, and a name he hated. Later he called himself Hugh.

What is a home page?

June 13, 2005

comments to the question on the page… which uses a Minala design??? (Looks like the blogger template I use here.)… Anyway a meditation on what a Home page is, is a good thing!

Managing email

June 7, 2005

A big list of links here worth lg at:, Blog Archive, Essential list of links on tips and info regarding Email

Clever use of iPod Interface!

June 7, 2005

A few posts ago I bemoaned the iPod interface. Well Tod Maffin has a way to work around all this. How I Listen to 100 Podcasts A Day (I Love Radio .org):

I have what I call my River of Sound smart-playlists (taking a page from Dave Winer’s ‘river of news’ metaphor. I have two: Podcasts-Cdn and Podcasts-Other. These are based on genres I force in place through my podcatching client: Canadian podcasts are forced with the Podcast-Cdn genre and all others get the Podcasts-Other when they are downloaded.
The criteria for these Smart Playlists is critical to making this work. They are:

* Genre is Podcast-Cdn or Podcast-Other
* My Rating is 0 stars (this last criteria is the big secret. That way, as soon as I rate a podcast, it disappears from my River of Sound smart playlist, and I can ‘work through them’ much like you’d read and email then put ita folder.)

I use my star ratings as a way to categorize podcasts I’m listening to. Here are my five categories:

* 1 star: Delete from iTunes at next sync

* 2 stars: Potential content for The Feed — I used iPodderX to convert to bookmarkable format, so that when I find a moment I think would work, I pause it right there, rate it 2 stars, and move onto the next one. Then when I’m back at my Mac, I can easily find that moment again.

* 3 stars: Great podcasts. These are just ones I really love listening to again and again, or playing for people as an example of what a good podcast is like.

* 4 stars: Take action. This reminds me to do something — email the podcaster, change the genre it’s filed under, check out their web site, etc.

* 5 stars: My favourite music. Gotta have a list.

I also have a cheat-sheet label on the back of my iPod to remind me of what all the codes mean.

Now, the last step is to create ‘category catchers.’ These are Smart Playlists that funnel your star ratings into their own playlists for you. That’s fairly simple — it’s just one playlist for each star (i.e. When My Rating equals 1 star.) This way, when you rate something as a particular star on your iPod as you’re listening (or, indeed, when listening from iTunes) they will pop into the right category here. (Note to Apple: I wish I could delete files from a playlist — you can only remove it from the playlist, not actually remove the file.)

Link Dump from my FeedDemon

June 6, 2005
  • Against Discouragement
  • Global Angst
  • Google Never Forgets
  • Jakob Nielsen
  • Psyche’s Weblog
  • The Science of Gender and Science. The Science of Gender and Science Wow. If you’re looking for an i…
  • Unwanted Thoughts. The people we meet in dreams. [Psychology Today]
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
  • Jobs announces iTunes will accommodate podcasts

    June 5, 2005

    Jobs announces iTunes will accommodate podcasts:

    The new version of iTunes will let users of Apple’s music management program and integrated online music store find and download podcasts, which are homemade radio-style shows that have become a grassroots phenomenon on the Internet.

    Probably a Good Thing, I don’t really quite get this. With FeedDemon I have excellent integration with Itunes. Would iTunes try to take that over? They could even mess it up. It is not so much iTunes that is the problem but the iPod that is the problem for podcasting

    • not being able to delete files
    • having half listened to files – still showing up as New
    • not being able to see the full name of the podcast till you play it
    • and not having an aphabetical access

    And worst of all the recording function being crippled. A really good feature would be to be able to save clips to post into your own podcasts.

    NewsGator Acquires FeedDemon, TopStyle…and Nick Bradbury

    June 5, 2005

    In this post NewsGator Acquires FeedDemon, TopStyle…and Me! Nick Bradbury explains what has happened with the aqisition & why. All sounds very promising, and I hope it will work for Palm!! I’d love to access the same data via the Palm, fat chance though. I can see it working on the PPC first, damn.


    June 5, 2005

    I have finally done it, registered the Feeddeemon that had expired. Bradbury Software – Announcing FeedDemon 1.5 I like it. It uses IE and makes IE into a tabbed browser, lets me read stuff in a great way! Beautifully integrated with the “external browser” I had gone back to Sage in Firefox – but it is just not as good as FeedDemon. Nick Bradbury the author seems to have a way of making the best stuff in the feild. I loved homesite in its early days. Then he sells it off. That has happend again with Feeddemon. Nick’s blog and the Bradbury Forums.

    Upton Sinclair

    June 4, 2005

    I have started, finally, reading the Lanny Budd series. In my associated browsing found: audio file! The Jungle by Upton Sinclair – Project Gutenberg also a pic from wikipedia

    Upton Sinclair