9 July 2007

Would You Seek Help From This Man?

Filed under: Psychology — ktismatics @ 8:36 am

Last night I (voluntarily) attended one of those newfangled emerging church services, and believe it or not the homily was on Galatians 4:1-7. So I’ll take that as a sign that I’m on the right topic. I have more thoughts on Galatians, but meanwhile I’m still trying to get up some momentum for starting a therapy practice. Yesterday I drafted a summary of the approach I’d like to pursue, in case any potential clients ever happened to find me. What do you think?


Do you ever get the feeling that you’d be fine if only the world was different? That if you could just transport yourself to another reality, your weaknesses would turn into strengths, your failures into successes, your indifference into enthusiasm, your frustration into fulfillment? A reality where value isn’t just market value, where you make something besides money, where spending time isn’t just wasting time? A reality where people engage each other instead of undermining or ignoring one another. Maybe there really is such a reality. Maybe you just can’t see it or find your way in. Or maybe it can’t fully come into existence until you start living in it.

Realities are systems of meaning that link individuals to the world and to other people. A reality isn’t just in the world or in your head; it’s more like a web of meaning that links you to the world and to other people. A web of reality is knit together from multiple interlacing strands of meaning: beauty, danger, money, security, sex, power, and so on. We assume there is only a single reality, that multiple realities are the stuff of fantasy and science fiction. But we actually participate in multiple realities every day, depending on what’s motivating us at the moment and what signals we’re attuned to in our surroundings. An unlimited number of overlapping realities can coexist in the world.

Most of the time we participate in realities without paying conscious attention. But we can pay attention; we can become aware of realities and the strands of meaning that comprise them. We can learn what attracts us to certain realities, what repels us from others, what keeps us unaware of still others. We can understand the ways in which realities shape us, and the ways we shape realities. We can become reality travelers, linking ourselves to the world and to to other people in ways that we might never have imagined possible.

The Salon Postimse:
• Portals, Intervals, Alternate Realities
• Deterritorialization, Flows, Differance
• Discovery, Creation, Revelation
• Plenitude

Proprietor: John Doyle
• M.Div., Ph.D. (psychology)
• by appointment



  1. We already are.


    Comment by samlcarr — 9 July 2007 @ 5:08 pm

  2. It’s a good write-up but what does it convey to nonKtismaticians? Perhaps some graphic(s) might help to back up the concepts!


    Comment by samlcarr — 10 July 2007 @ 7:07 am

  3. Sam, that’s what concerns me — I’ll need a 20-page booklet just to describe my services. Did I mention that I’m useless at marketing?


    Comment by ktismatics — 10 July 2007 @ 8:04 am

  4. you should just put your dissertation in the newspaper :)


    Comment by Jason Hesiak — 10 July 2007 @ 1:18 pm

  5. Sounds perfectly reasonable to me. How about a sandwich board?

    Meilleurs voeux!!


    Comment by blueVicar — 10 July 2007 @ 9:09 pm

  6. How about just a sandwich?


    Comment by ktismatics — 10 July 2007 @ 10:30 pm

  7. I KNEW you were going to say that.

    Meilleurs voeux!!


    Comment by blueVicar — 11 July 2007 @ 8:09 am

  8. Really? Wow, you should be a psychologist.


    Comment by ktismatics — 11 July 2007 @ 8:30 am

  9. Heh, heh. Want to see my marketing plan?

    Meilleurs voeux!!


    Comment by blueVicar — 11 July 2007 @ 8:57 am

  10. how cute.


    Comment by Jason Hesiak — 11 July 2007 @ 10:39 am

  11. “Salon Postisme” would associate itself with what in the ‘typical’ reader’s mind? You will have to work on the name of your establishment, though something Frenchish may not be amiss!


    Comment by samlcarr — 11 July 2007 @ 2:26 pm

  12. The Salon Postisme is the name I’ve always associated with this sort of psychological emphasis on alternate realities, portals, difference, and so on. The two novels I wrote center on activities related to an imaginary version of the Salon Postisme. So I’m thinking about using the name for real this time. Like the text of my promotional materials, the name of the service probably doesn’t convey much of anything to the uninitiated.


    Comment by ktismatics — 11 July 2007 @ 4:47 pm

  13. I’m not sure that the name of the service probably doesn’t convey much of anything to the uninitiated. For me the word ‘salon’ implies a shop of some sort perhaps having to do with fashion, while ‘postisme’ sounds somehow ‘after the fact’ or ‘always late’ or something.

    Perhaps i’m just one of the odd ones and some of the others could pitch in with what the name implies to them?


    Comment by samlcarr — 12 July 2007 @ 1:31 am

  14. A beauty parlor that specializes in out-of-fashion hairstyles == you have a problem with that? Maybe it should remain nameless. Most therapists just use their own names rather than assigning a name to their practice. Although I continue to entertain a fantasy of some sort of intervention that extends beyond the one-on-one service. Maybe that should wait.

    I do understand your reaction to the name. For me the idea of salon conjures images of 19th century Paris, where intellectuals, writers, artists and kindred spirits would converse informally in a rich woman’s drawing room. Postisme refers to all things “post”: postmodern, post-structural, post-evangelical, etc.

    How about The Portal? Or something with -topia in it?


    Comment by ktismatics — 12 July 2007 @ 6:39 am

  15. I had sam’s reaction to the name too, unfortunately. Hearing John explain it, though…that makes sense. “The Portal” seems more accessable, funnily.


    Comment by Jason Hesiak — 12 July 2007 @ 12:15 pm

  16. How about The Doyle?
    Via Enigmata?


    Comment by ktismatics — 12 July 2007 @ 6:17 pm

  17. Why not Ktismatics, Ktismata, or Ktismatism; and Portalic is good too. ‘The Sal’ might be ok. To connect with the idea of free and enlightened conversation with a couple of words may not be that easy though the idea of using ‘Sir Toby’s’ did cross my mind!


    Comment by samlcarr — 13 July 2007 @ 6:52 am

  18. Ah, Sir Toby’s — a blast from the recent past. Those were the days. Maybe some day we’ll need to make another visit to that convivial heterotopia.


    Comment by ktismatics — 13 July 2007 @ 10:48 am

  19. Via Ktismata, but the via can cause problems as to many it will bring back the stations of the cross. Rue de Ktismatique, Place de Portalic…


    Comment by samlcarr — 13 July 2007 @ 12:16 pm

  20. Letters of Transit? (5 bonus points for cinematic reference)


    Comment by ktismatics — 13 July 2007 @ 2:46 pm

  21. BTW is portalic masculine? I’d guess not…


    Comment by samlcarr — 13 July 2007 @ 3:13 pm

  22. It’s an adjective, so I suppose it could swing both ways.


    Comment by ktismatics — 13 July 2007 @ 3:14 pm

  23. Swing Both Ways, now that would attract some attention, perhaps not of the right kind tho.


    Comment by samlcarr — 18 July 2007 @ 2:47 pm

  24. Bitopia?


    Comment by ktismatics — 18 July 2007 @ 3:15 pm

  25. Comig back to the salon idea, how bout ‘The Open Parlor’


    Comment by samlcarr — 23 July 2007 @ 2:45 am

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