By Dennie Briggs
Starting with their first assembly in 1956 and finishing with Maxwell Jones' dying in 1990, A lifestyles good Lived follows the expansion of a friendship among key figures in social psychiatry and tracks the evolution of healing groups from their experimental beginnings to the confirmed practices that exist this present day. As a detailed pal and widespread collaborator, Briggs is ready to recount intimately Jones' innovative paintings in psychological hospitals, prisons, groups and faculties, and provides an extraordinary and interesting perception into the brain of 1 of an important pioneers within the healing neighborhood box.
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September 10, 1968. Last night in the US for a while. Mixed feelings. Saying goodbye to students the hardest. Am I abandoning them? Hadn’t thought in such terms before; only considered my own well-being. Steve came by for a few final words. ” Such euphemisms and the ironic tone of voice from one so young exacerbates my own depression. So young to have to deal with such moral dilemmas: my nation or my soul. Such choices undermine the nation’s character. If I see the future in Steve’s face—and I think I do—am left with the question whose answer I dread: What are we doing to our younger generations?
Consulting had taken me to interesting places from time to time and I’d met lots of wonderful people. But my work largely defined my life—and my identity. I wanted to break out of the mould. To help me deal with the changes I was undergoing and to give me some perspective on myself, I decided to keep a journal—a practice I have continued. San Francisco. September 10, 1968. Last night in the US for a while. Mixed feelings. Saying goodbye to students the hardest. Am I abandoning them? Hadn’t thought in such terms before; only considered my own well-being.
I excused myself and took a seat at the back of the room from which vantage point I could observe the audience. Of course, everyone took the lecture very seriously—you came to expect that—god forbid they should enjoy themselves! Nevertheless, Max was disappointed by the lack of response to his requests for involvement and he was becoming impatient. He continuously shifted about; his pronunciation was clipped, almost brusque. He looked through the faces and then directly at me. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he rose and pointed, “I would like to introduce a distinguished psychologist who is sitting in the back row in disguise.