Arnold Mindell

SITTING IN THE FIRE

In this book on large group transformation using conflict and diversity Arnold Mindell, Ph.D., shows how working with power, rank, revenge and abuse helps build sustainable communities. Mindell is the co-founder of processwork and author of numerous books, including Quantum Mind, The Deep Democracy of Open Forums and The Leader as Martial Artist. He has appeared on national radio and television and works internationally with multi-racial and highly conflicted groups. We (DDX - our publishing venture) just published the 3rd edition. Enjoy the read.

Overview

 

Behind the world's most difficult problems are people - groups of people who don't get along together. You can blame crime, war, drugs, greed, poverty, capitalism or the collective unconscious. The bottom line is that people cause our problems.  

My teachers told me to avoid large groups: they are unruly and dangerous. The only way work can be done, they maintained, was in small groups where law and order prevail. But the world is not composed of docile little groups. Enforcing law and order can't be our only strategy for resolving problems.

Many of us shudder at violence. We want to insist on peaceful behavior: line up here, single file. Follow Robert's Rule of Order. One person speak at a time. Finish one subject before moving on to the next. 

Yet, enforcing order does not stop riots, hinder war or reduce world problems. It may even kindle the fire of group chaos. If we don't permit hostilities a legitimate outlet, they are bound to take illegitimate routes. 

This book demonstrates that engaging in heated conflict instead of running away from it is one of the best ways to resolve the divisiveness that prevails on every level of society - in personal relationships, business and the world. 

 

Details

Pub. Date: September 17, 2014

Publisher: DDX, Deep Democracy Exchange

Format: Paperback and Kindle

Meet the Author

Arnold Mindell, Ph.D., a graduate of MIT and the C. G. Jung Institute, Switzerland, is the author of over 20 books including Riding the Horse Backwards (with Dr. Amy Mindell, Lao Tse Press, 2001), Dreambody (Deep Democracy Exchange, 2011), The Shaman’s Body (Harper San Francisco, 1993), Quantum Mind (Deep Democracy Exchange, 2012), and ProcessMind (Quest Books, 2010).

He is known throughout the world for his innovative synthesis of dreams and bodywork that integrates Jungian therapy and group process, with studies of consciousness, Taoism, shamanism, quantum physics, and conflict resolution.

In the 1970s, Mindell began to develop Processwork, also known as process-oriented psychology.  His work has given rise to a new paradigm with applications in a diversity of areas including individual psychotherapy, personal meditation practice, medicine (including coma and near-death experiences), large group and change management processes, and environmental issues.

Dr. Mindell travels widely in the US and abroad with his partner and coresearcher, Dr. Amy Mindell, holding workshops, seminars, and making frequent appearances at professional conferences and on television and radio shows.  They live in Oregon, and work as consultants and facilitators for groups, organizations, cities, and governments worldwide.

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