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We, educated westerners, have been indoctrinated with introspection (looking into yourself) as the major path to self-reflection and self-knowledge.

Learning to see ourselves through the eyes of others is a much more rewarding and practical way to walk a learning path in life and becoming a better, less troubled/suffering, person.

Psychotherapists and psychiatrists have to to cope with ”transference” from their clients by reacting effectively with ”counter-transference”. It takes some years supervison to learn to aquire this skill. I cooperated for a thirty years in clinical psychiatry with these professionals.
Cultural self-knowledge is the trade in which anthropologists are busy. By looking to ourselves though the eyes of ‘very foreign others’ we have the potential to learn the art of cultural selfreflection.

Some possible never-ending reflexive questions are:
How am I/are we Dutch, Western (Christian) (fe)males acting born and raised in middle class from our families, communities, religions, educations in different kinds of contexts?
How are we, The Dutch, coping with our colonial past in this local, national and international present?

How are we dealing with our distorted Dutch gender worlds past?

A rather perplexing view emerges when we relate the mythological themes in Dutch culuere in the stories of ‘The Flying Dutchman’ (De Vliegende Hollander) and The Lady of Stavoren (Het Vrouwtje van Stavoren).

How to Be Better Ancestors?

(this is a seminal post of this morning in ‘Sankofa‘ systemic thinking by First Nation activist Winona LaDuke. Source ‘Humans and Nature’ see HERE) By: Winona LaDuke How long are you going to let others determine the future for your

Posted in Beauty of Differences and Similarities, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Evolutionary Alienation, Evolutionary Authenticity, Family & Community Continuity, First & Second Nations, Organisms as Selfcorrective Systems

(Nederlands) SCHAARSE HUMOR EN ZELFIRONIE

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Posted in Complementary female-male worlds, Controlled Folly, Cultural Selfreflection, Gender Complementarity

Discontents of the Nation, Contents of Indigenous Cultures

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Posted in Applied Mythology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Evolutionary Alienation, First & Second Nations, Organisms as Selfcorrective Systems

Sport, Play and Loteries as As-If Communication Patterns

To stay in touch with our distant animal pasts we, humans,  frequently ‘need to eat humble pie‘ and get into ‘transitional (liminal/sacred/ritual) spaces‘ and experience ‘communitas‘. These are our aboriginal ways to keep our collective minds (souls/hearts/bodies) sane and whole.

Posted in Applied Mythology, Controlled Folly, Cosmic Jokes, Cultural Selfreflection, Organisms as Selfcorrective Systems, Recoding Songs/Poems, Rituals of Passage and Affliction, Transitional Spaces Tagged with: ,

Comparing Apples with Oranges

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Posted in Applying Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Dominating & Subjecting, Epistemology

If I could say it, I wouldn’t have to dance it, would I?

“If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it” This quote of the famous dancer Isadora Duncan is of importance for ‘selfreflecting’ (Western) academics and scientists. It was used by Gregory Bateson to

Posted in Complementary female-male worlds, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Gender Complementarity

What is a (cybernetic) system?

In his analysis what Gregory Bateson means with a ‘cybernetics system’ Morris Berman in his ‘The Reenchantment of the World‘ (1984) writes: …Another way of stating it might be to say that the system is self-corrective in the direction of homeostasis

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Evolutionary Alienation, Organisms as Selfcorrective Systems, Rituals of Passage and Affliction, Systemtheory

(Nederlands) OLIFANTEN IN KAMERS VAN PUBLIEKE OPINIES

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Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Dominating & Subjecting, Epistemology

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