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Robert F. Mullen

Architect of Rechanneling Inc‘s cognitive-behavioral restructuring (CBR), Dr. Mullen lived with social anxiety disorder for many years before realizing he could attribute his behaviors to a symptom. That led to extensive research into SAD and other mental and emotional complications. Finding the one-size-fits-all methodology less useful in dealing with today’s higher complexity-consciousness, Robert is currently testing a more practical approaches integrating positive psychology’s optimal functioning with CBT’s behavior modification, and neural restructuring, A former teacher of method acting, Dr. Mullen has found Stanislavski’s emotional retrieval and retention an asset to many recovery and revitalization programs. Academia.edu reports readers in 54 countries access his publications. Three new works are currently in production for spring release.  Abstractions of Intent: How a Psychobiography Grapples with the Fluidity of Truth is in C-E. Mayer, Z. Kovary (Eds.) New Trends in Psychobiography (Springer Nature Switzerland) was published in September. (https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-16953-4_5). 

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During graduate school, Mullen assisted colleagues in the development and production of theses and dissertations, prompting one to write, “I have never encountered such an efficient professional. His work transpires dedication, care, and love for what he does.  Dr. Mullen holds a doctorate in Comparative Philosophy with concentration in behavioral analysis.  He has reviewed for the APA publications and has presented before numerous academic organizations. 

 

For over thirty years, Mullen battled an unknown antagonist, one that sustained itself on irrational thinking and behavior, one that tried to convince him that his life was meaningless. SAD generally onsets adolescents (11-13 years of age), so it’s probable Mullen was infected at least a decade before mental health experts recognized SAD in 1994. Even today, 90% of individuals with social anxiety disorder are misdiagnosed as clinically depressed, schizophrenic, manic-depressive, panic disordered, personality disordered, and so on,

Mullen’s need for validation drove him to the periphery of Hollywood’s entertainment industry. Despite opportunity after opportunity, Mullen was always a marginal player. He has two small parts in television series, and his role in a major film ended up on the cutting room floor. It’s an uncomfortable fit―celebrity and SAD. A significant symptom of SAD is the inability to respond to criticism and rejection. The entertainment industry thrives through nepotism; SAD severely impacts relationships. Add to that the SAD person’s penchant for self-denigration, and you have all the reasons why film notoriety is not the best choice.

A recognized up-and-coming commodity. Mullen certainly had opportunities for success; he was relatively well known. He worked or partied with major players. His was directed in a couple of shows by Jimmy Burrows, televisions #1 comedy series director; he was a friend to industry icons like Sal Mineo, Mame playwright Jerry Lawrence, and Sinatra’s music director Gordon Jenkins. He lived with Brenda Dickson, Miss California, who starred in The Young and the Reckless. He met John Belushi at their dealers, drank heavily with John Lennon and Elton John one evening, worked with Bob Crane, and partied with a small contingent of TV’s B actors.  He wrote three mediocre plays and one decent off-off-Broadway musical. He spoke over the phone with an incoherent Tennessee Williams during the West Coast premiere of Small Craft Warning. He was the subject of a few small articles in even smaller publications and received good reviews for his stage work. SAD induced irrationality and self-destructive behavior convinced him that work should come to him rather than the other way around, so appearances were rare. He did manage to show up with daily punctuality to favored drinking establishments, however. SAD never misses an opportunity to destroy opportunity. 

Dr. Mullen’s dissertation focused on advanced human potential―the capacity to harness that special aptitude for extraordinary living and the potential to lift the human spirit.  In early 2014, when SAD revealed itself as the source of his mental and emotional complications, he began investigating the influence SAD had on his earlier life. Over the years, medical experts had misdiagnosed his behavior as depressive, dysthymic, bipolar, and attention deficit. It was only by chance that his research led him to social anxiety disorder. He finally had an answer to 30-plus years of debilitating antisocial behavior. He put the call out to find others sharing similar experiences and received 27 local responses the first month. In three years, that number has grown to 700. Several of these individuals formed a group to share experiences, therapies, and information.  Dr. Mullen’s research led to Cognitive Behavioral Restructuring, which proved to be valuable in treating SAD, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, and issues of motivation and self-esteem. Still, most programs are one-size-fits-all approaches to a multi-layered and complicated personality, so the focus of Mullen’s research remains, for the time, in that area of behavior analysis.

PRESENTATIONS



11th Biennial International Meaning Conference, July-Aug. 2020

The International Network on Personal Meaning  

From Vulnerability to Resilience and Well-Being: Advances in Existential and

Positive Psychology.   Toronto, Canada (tentative)

Society for Asian & Comparative Philosophy, October 2015

Involution-Evolution and Evolutionary Panentheism:

Facilitating Plato’s Doctrine of Recollection.

Monterey, CA

 

Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, 2010
Ralph Waldo Emerson and Comparative Vedāntic Thought:

Emphasis on Wisdom of Rāmujāchāra.

Portland University


American Academy of Religion General, 2010
Holy Stigmata, Anorexia and Self-Mutilation: Parallels in Pain and Imagining.
Atlanta

 

American Academy of Religion WR, 2009

Holy Stigmata, Anorexia and Self-Mutilation: Parallels in Pain and Imagining.
Phoenix State University

 

The Exchange for the Performing Arts, 2008
The Art of Authenticity: Constantin Stanislavski and Merleau-Ponty.

Sacramento, CA

 

California Institute of Integral Studies, 2008
Faith in the Face of Demonization.

San Francisco

San Francisco Media Alliance, 2005

Guerilla Marketing.

 

OTHER EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

Unity Church, San Francisco

First Congregational

The Bunnings Group (Australia)

Sacramento AIDS Foundation
Oakland LGBTQ Community Center
The Arts Exchange, Sacramento

The Winslow Center, Sacramento

Scottish Rites Temple, Los Angeles

The San Francisco Band Foundation

Sharon Hoery & Associates – Americans with Disabilities Act
D. D. S. O., Inc., Sacramento – Developmentally Disabled
Process Theatre, Sacramento – Disabled
New Directions Counseling Center, Sacramento
Other Nonprofit Organizations

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
The American Philosophical Association

 

American Psychological Association
American Academy of Religion
Society for Asian & Comparative Philosophy
Bridgemen, a San Francisco-based civic support organization
Cultural Integration Fellowship, San Francisco
Alumni Organization – CIIS