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For the past four years, Dr. Mullen has facilitated meetings for LGBTQ persons with anxiety. The meetings provide the opportunity to meet others and share stories. Dr. Mullen will answer all your questions, address different aspects of social anxiety disorder (SAD), and help you find the right source for recovery (i.e., group, workshop, therapist, coach). If you contact him by email, he will make himself available to chat over phone or meet with you in person. The San Francisco “LGBTQ Social Anxiety Group” has more than 560 members.
Scheduled for August 2020.
Abstractions of Intent: How a Psychobiography Grapples with the Fluidity of Truth in New Trends in Psychobiography (Claude-Helene Mayer and Zoltan Kovary Eds.). New York City: Springer Publishing.
A psychobiography is a well-researched, comprehensive, multi-method presentation of a series of occasions through the documentation of events and the ex-plication of the causes, motivations, and consequences thereof. In the fashion of Whitehead, occasions are dynamic and ongoing activities unfolding or producing themselves through time. The creative events that precipitate―originating, anchoring, and turning points―are fixed in time as opposed to the unfixed spatial-temporal reality of an occasion. The psychobiography uses both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis because of their interactive objective and subjective contributions.which
The psychological aspect of the qualitative system allows for the in-depth case study,presupposes that the issues under investigation are best understood from a perspective inclusive of the subject’s personal, subjective and phenomenological world. The quantitative study utilizes verifiable occurrences and statistics to determine the validity of interpretation. An accompanying facet of a carefully crafted psychobiography is the hermeneutic circle, another component susceptible to error due to the varying definitions and understandings that accompany all manner of texts. These potentials for misinformation are aggravated by the researcher who is susceptible to (1) incorporating personal sensibilities, (2) bias and misinterpretation due to the nature of the investigation, (3) the suggestiveness of the subject and (4) the researchers own condition. A psychobiographical study is also subject to misinformation revealed by the subject, sources, and contemporaries. Awareness of these potential impediments to veracity is essential; however, the researcher cannot allow the search for truth to over-whelm the authenticity of the product.
1st Quarter 2020 – Springer Publishing.
Healthy Philautia’s Positive Psychological Effect on SAD’s Culture of Maladaptive Self-Beliefs in Handbook of Love in Cultural and Transcultural Contexts (Claude-Helene Mayer & Elisabeth Vanderheiden, Eds.).
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the most common personality disorders, affecting the well-being of over 15 million U.S. adults who find themselves caught up in a densely interconnected network of fear and avoidance of social situations. SAD generally infects adolescents between the middle and late teens who have experienced detachment, exploitation, and or neglect, whether the cause be hereditary, environmental, or the result of some traumatic event. This abuse, accidental or otherwise, disrupts their normal course of human motivational development affecting physiological safety and belongingness and love. This study provides insight into the symptomatic impairments that obstruct the SAD person’s ability to acquire seven of the eight basic types of interpersonal love: philia, eros, agape, storge, ludus, pragma and unhealthy philautia. Corrupted by a culture of maladaptive self-belief, SAD persons suffer from a deficit of implicit and explicit self-esteem and self-inflicted social exclusion. The psychology of healthy philatia can address these concerns through programs of positive self-qualities―self –esteem, -compassion, -love, -regard, -respect, -value, -worth, and other intrinsic virtuous qualities―guiding the SAD person to the recognition of their value and consequences, overriding the destructive culture of maladaptive self-beliefs. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has addressed SAD symptoms for 25 years through programs of thought and behavior modification and the obtainment of self-esteem, but there is a need for innovative psychological and philosophical research to address the broader implications of healthy philautia’s positive self-qualities, which could deliver the potential for self-love and societal concern to the SAD person, opening the bridge to the procurement of all forms of interpersonal love.
2nd Quarter 2029.
The Rise in Personality Disorders and Their Relationship to the Advanced Complexities Sustaining the 4th Industrial Revolution in The Meaning of Shame in Cultures of the 4IR .
Teilhard de Chardin wrote of super-personalization, a radical advance on all forms of life―the natural tendency in matter to evolve in complexity and consciousness. Aurobindo envisioned the emergence of a higher status as the natural process of cosmic evolution. Maslow realized self-transcendence as the logical apex to his stages of human motivational development.
The advanced consciousness of the 4th Industrial Revolution will carry in its wake millions of adults with DSM-V personality disorders (PD). These physiological malfunctions include obsessive-compulsive, currently affecting 16 million (8%) U.S. adults, social anxiety (7-9%), paranoid (4%), antisocial (4%), schizoid (3%), avoidant (2%), borderline or histrionic (2%), and dependent (.5%) ―each with the potential for substance abuse, depression, shame, general anxiety, and so on. PDs affect every age, gender, income, marital, and regional groups―especially women, minorities, young adults, the separated, the undereducated, and those of lower income. Notwithstanding evidence of limited symptom mitigation, social incompatibility carries with it the stigma of perspectival incompetence and unattractiveness. Healthy philautia offers innovation for the afflicted.