Episode 50: American Collective Consciousness: A Conversation with Molly Merson

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This conversation undulates between the current state and issues within our collective consciousness as Americans living in today’s social and political climate to the individual in how we deal with self-reflection, trauma, and loss--beautifully illustrating the now proverbial rally cry, “The personal is political.”

Rebecca and Berkeley-based therapist Molly Merson, MFT cover it all, from our political “parents” to our collective infancy on the internet, to grief and loss and metabolizing trauma, capitalism and gift-giving culture, community mindset and collaboration, to technology, parenting, psychoanalytic theory, and the choices we have in suicide versus end-of-life.  It all comes down to what we are able to hold and how two minds metabolizing together can disrupt repeat patterns. 

 

Trigger Warning: If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States at 1-800-273-8255

Molly also wrote a follow up blog post since we recorded to fill in some blanks, it's well worth a read and available here

 

Quoted in the Episode:

 “The more that we are with each other, thinking and talking about what feels really important and really present, then the more we do change; the more we shift.” - Molly Merson

“The more that we are with each other, thinking and talking about what feels really important and really present, then the more we do change; the more we shift.” - Molly Merson

 "I think we have a really hard time bearing loss. I think we don't really know how to grieve. I think that there's a lot of grieving this entire country needs to do." - Molly Merson

"I think we have a really hard time bearing loss. I think we don't really know how to grieve. I think that there's a lot of grieving this entire country needs to do." - Molly Merson

 "Relationships require being able to continually re-learn who you are and who someone else is, and what the context of each other are too." - Molly Merson

"Relationships require being able to continually re-learn who you are and who someone else is, and what the context of each other are too." - Molly Merson

 “When we’re talking about loss, I think we’re talking about a really multilayered perspective. We’re not just saying that you lose a relationship or a person, but losing pieces of yourself or who you thought you were.” - Rebecca Wong

“When we’re talking about loss, I think we’re talking about a really multilayered perspective. We’re not just saying that you lose a relationship or a person, but losing pieces of yourself or who you thought you were.” - Rebecca Wong

 "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

 

Resources Referenced in this Episode:

Podcast: On Being episode “Growing Up the Internet”

Wilfred Bion’s ideas on alpha and beta elements in projective identification

Thomas Ogden’s ideas on parent/child relationships and the processing of trauma

Podcast: How to Survive the End of the World

Co-founders of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza (activist, writer, public speaker) and Patrisse Cullors (artist and activist)

Howard Thurman’s quote, “Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Book: Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl

 

Where to find Molly::

MollyMerson.com

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Twitter 

 

If you're interested in working with Rebecca Wong, you can find out more about her services here:

1. If you're in New York and would like to schedule a relationship therapy session with Rebecca start here: https://connectfulness.com/therapy/

2. If you're a therapist and are interested in mentorship with Rebecca, find out more about services offered here: https://www.practiceofbeingseen.com/work-with-rebecca/

3. To learn more about Rebecca’s Private Couples Intensive Retreats, start here: https://connectfulness.com/intensive-private-retreat/

4. And if you want to dive in deeply into building conscious relationship with your beloved consider sharing an experiential gift of deeper connection and intimacy over valentines in our Divine Mirrors: A Valentine’s Couples Retreat Rebecca is co-facilitating at Menla.

 

 

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