Fixed ideas and habituated behavior patterns are the greatest obstacles to individual, social, and environmental transformation. They block our quest for self-determination, self-expression, and self-empowerment. They create set character positions, including “I am not good enough” and “I know best,” that all too often are the root causes for constrained living, unhealthy lifestyles, and ill health. Most chronic illnesses result from long-term habituation leading to unhealthy life patterns. And addictions of all kinds are a direct consequence of the fixed position of neediness and the desperate search for gratification.
How would your life change if you became aware of these addictive patterns and you could transform them? Who would you then become and what could you achieve? Using a variety of cognitive, experiential, artistic, dramatic- expressive, and participatory activities, you can discover the full power of human experience. This skill set will allow you to access the hidden domain of the psyche through the physicality and vitality of the body on the one side, and the eye of the spirit on the other. There you will meet the habitual characters and discover creative new resources which can dramatically transform old patterns into new ones.
Recommended reading: Goldberg, Addictive Behaviour in Children and Young Adults: The Struggle for Freedom.
CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs;