This blog,originally founded by Blogger, who is listed in Marquis Who's Who and is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Escape From the Holocaust

I use to attend lectures by the Jewish psychiatrist Fritz Perls M.D. One day he told us the story of his escape from Hitler. He related how his intuition kicked in and alerted him that Jews were in danger. His Jewish friends, doctors, lawyers, professors, prominent professionals of all types, chided him saying he was being ridiculous, that he was just overreacting. Because they admired him, they even begged him not to take his family and leave. They assured him that harm to such prominent professionals was beyond imagination.

A few years later, safe in South Africa, he began to receive the stories about those who had told him that nothing bad could happen. The very ones who told him he was foolish to leave, were being stuffed into the ovens of Auschwitz.

Perls taught us to pay attention to our instincts and intuitions. It could save our lives.

22 comments:

guy faulkes said...

This history is why Israel will not wait until Iran gets nuclear weapons before it takes military action. It is also why Jews for the Preservation of Firearms is one of the strongest pro-gun organizations in existence.

Blogger said...

Yes, and as seen in Germany, anti-antisemitism is the first sign of coming evil.

Reader said...

Children don't have an intuition do they? Blogger, do you think it is a given thing to have intuition or is it something learned? I have a pretty good intuition, or so my husband tells me. I thought everyone had an inner intuition. I often try to listen and watch what is going on around me. Your gut feelings are important. Millions of people sure didn't use theirs this last election...and look where it's got us. Emotions came into play.

Blogger said...

Actually the psychologist Piaget describes an intuitive stage just before the beginning of the concrete mental stage of early elementary school. Belief is that the intuitive way of knowing comes early in children, but is overridden by schooling. And intuition can be developed (or even returned to that earlier stage if you can turn off the discursive thinking and allow it to emerge. It also develops in the way you are doing it by being aware.) There is a corollary to intuition which many are discovering today and that is spiritual intuition. That is apparently developed in the same way by bypassing the intellect and making direct contact intuitively with the spiritual. Probably it is not folk tales that say women are more intuitive then are men, although today men are working harder at it. Modern brain scanning reveals that women do use both sides of their brains which appears to include discursive thought in the left and more intuitive in the right. Men tend to rely heavily on the left side and thus the right side is not developing as much. (By the way that is the reason that a stroke to the left side is more damaging to a man than to a woman. Men have less backup capacity.) The future will tell us more. Meanwhile women teach us men how to be more intuitive.

guy faulkes said...

OFF TOPIC

Blogger, I have been trying to educate myself in the field of psychology as you have shown me I am sadly deficient in my knowledge of this area. I have long heard that one is either more logical or more intuitive. I have also heard that some people are equally inclined between these attributes. Is this the equivalent of being ambidextrous and is it as rare?

Maybe women could be a little more logical, also. :-)

Have you eve noticed women seem to be more sentimental toward an abstract group and men seem to be more sentimental toward an individual within the group? If this is true, why?

Is there a good Psychology for Dummies book?

Sorry, but I find this interesting and I did not know how to get in touch with Blogger on a one to one basis.

Blogger said...

Guy, I wish I could help, however I spent 11 years in universities studying psychology including great universities such as George Washington University and the University of Florida. Then I spent two years interning in hospitals. Besides that, new findings are coming out everyday, especially with the new brain imaging breakthroughs. Golly, where does one start when you have to run just to keep up.

If I were you, I would check into my local library and browse through their copies of Psychology Today. Something is sure to grab you and then you are off and running. With me it was a library book by Freud that I read at age 16 and was hooked forever after.

Sarkazein said...

I attended some lectures by Houston's Rabbi Mosche Cahana.
He was a resistance fighter in Hungary during WW2. His wife, Alice, was a survivor and is known for her art. They invited the whole class to a Sader dinner at their home. The stories they told, one as a prisoner, and the other as a fighter, were life altering for me.

Liberal POV said...

Blogger and Guy

Would your side replace Jews with Arabs, undocumented workers and liberals?

You're the ones being sold fear and hate.

Reader said...

I knew Lib wouldn't understand this post.

Reader said...

Blogger thank you for sharing your knowledge. As most of us realize, you can't learn, unless you "read" and study.

Sarkazein said...

POV wrote-"Would your side replace Jews with Arabs, undocumented workers and liberals?"

What would be really scary is if that question made any sense to anyone not totally wasted.

guy faulkes said...

Would your side replace Jews with Arabs, undocumented workers and liberals?

If the Arabs were not followers of lesser jihad and were being persecuted, certainly.

Illegal aliens (undocumented workers) are certainly being persecuted by those such as you that would place their underage children in houses of prostitution. They need to be deported for their own protection from those liberals that would persecute them (be it for political power to make them slaves or pedophilia) such as you.

Liberals are typically not the persecuted party. They are the persecutors that should be prosecuted when they break laws.

Liberal POV said...

Mob

A Holocaust event begans with making others less than human and creating fear and scape goats for a changing economy and world.

Oatz give us an example of such dehumanizing below.

"I took my dog in for Health-care benefits the guy behind the counter said sir its a dog and i replied yeah he is lazy, lays around the house, doesn't know who his daddy is, and does not speak English! Well I will sign him up said the guy he must register Democrat."

Wolf's Head said...

That's funny!

The best jokes are based on truth>

Sarkazein said...

Blogger-

Many of the South African Jews (their off-spring) have left South Africa and are here by way of Canada. Especially doctors and entrepreneurs. I had never realized South Africa was a haven for Jews escaping German Socialism in the thirties and forties. Houston has a huge South African Jewish population.

They are fleeing socialism again. USA... last stop. No where to go from here.

The ANC deems itself as a force of national liberation in the post-apartheid era; it officially defines its umbrella agenda as the National Democratic Revolution. The ANC is a member of the Socialist International.[1]

Liberal POV said...

Blogger

Please explain what you consider socialism?

Do you want to return to strict Capitalism of the Industrial Revolution that lead to Communism in 1917?

guy faulkes said...

Liberalproveerbs18:2, I cannot speak for Blogger, but I posted the definition of socialism for you according to the American Heritage Dictionary. It did not match the definition from the unnamed source you quoted. What was your source? If it was not a dictionary, why did you say it was?

I know you are ignorant about history, but the communist revolution of 1917 was not against capitalism. It was against the autocratic Tsars that ruled Russia. This was followed by a civil war between the communists and the socialists.

Why do you support both pedophilia and the murder of unborn babies? What do you have against children? Do you only support this murder (abortion) for the "undocumented workers" you seek to enslave? Is this your new Holocaust?

guy faulkes said...

Another joke for you:

While trying to
escape through Pakistan, Osama Bin Laden found a bottle on
the sand and
picked it up.

Suddenly, a female genie rose from the bottle and with a
smile said,
"Master, may I grant you one wish?"

Osama responded, "You
ignorant, unworthy daughter-of- a-dog! Don't you know
who I am? I don't
need any common woman giving me anything."

The shocked genie said,
"Please, I must grant you a wish or I will be
returned to that bottle
forever."

Osama thought a moment, then grumbled about the impertinence of
the woman
and said, "Very well, I want to awaken with three American women in
my bed
in the morning. So just do it and be off with you."

The annoyed
genie said, "So be it!" and disappeared..

The next morning, Bin Laden
woke up in bed with Lorena Bobbitt, Tonya
Harding, and Nancy Pelosi at his
side.

His penis was gone, his knees were broken, and he had no health
insurance.

God is good.

guy faulkes said...

One more:


When you are down in the dumps
and think you have real problems, just remember:




SOMEWHERE IN THIS WORLD,
THERE IS A POOR BASTARD
NAMED MR. PELOSI.....

Johnny Rico said...

Liberal Socialist Sheep POV said:

"You're the ones being sold fear and hate."

Really, so the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership have no valid basis for their beliefs?

LOL - hard questions, hard questions.

Your ole pal
Johnny Rico

Liberal POV said...

Johnny

$114 Billion US dollars annually in Foreign aid to Israel will buy a lot of guns.

Wolf's Head said...

Yep LPOV, it would.

Too bad the 6 MILLION Jews killed during the Holocaust didn't have such luxury.

While you lefties apparently haven't learned anything from the Holocaust, except from the Nazis of course, the Right in this country learned alot.

Never be disarmed, never be defenseless, and passive resistance is a one way ticket to the next world.