Joe Blow is the pseudonym for a man who, though currently happy and high functioning, has had a long history of mental illness, including endogenous depression, bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. His writing is the product of a lifelong struggle to integrate flashes of insight and powerful symbols which appeared to him, often during what we might define as psychotic episodes, with observable reality and a rudimentary knowledge of science by appropriating useful concepts from the work of such iconoclastic thinkers as Wilhelm Reich, R. D. Laing, Keith Johnstone, William Blake and Oscar Wilde.
If asked whether this approach and this conceptual framework have provided him with a secure foundation for emotional stability, happiness and flowering creativity, Blow would reply, “Well, so far so good.”
He also writes humorous erotica under the pseudonym Aussiescribbler.
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This short essay presents a technique for protecting ourselves against verbal bullying. It also looks at how we can regain a childlike sense of joy and give ourselves a secure psychological base for our relationships and our view of the world.
The Anti-Christ Psychosis
13 % of U.S. voters think that Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ predicted in the Book of Revelations. The idea that a charismatic individual will rise to power and precipitate a final battle between good and evil is expressed in many movies and books.
Can we learn something useful by subjecting this powerful myth to psychological analysis?
Materialism Is Masturbation : Essays In Freedom
Has materialism become a joyless addiction? Is idealism making things worse for us? Have we underestimated the healing power of the erotic? Can the symbolic language of religion tell us something about the nature of the mind? Is the "Kingdom of Heaven" within? These are some of the questions explored in these essays by the author of "How to Be Free".
Two Shaky Towers : A Fable
A tribe who live on the beach between a forest and a lake are so terrified by the discovery of a spider two feet across living beneath the sand that they seek refuge in a pair of towers. Those who like to eat fish build a tower overlooking the lake. Those who like eating fruit build one near the forest. The strategy will lead to conflict and madness in this drily witty fable.
How to Be Free
How can we free ourselves from mental suffering? How can we unlock what the poet William Blake referred to as “the mind-forged manacles” - those unhelpful, unfounded and inflexible habits of thought which keep us from reaching our true creative potential?
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