“Extreme States” as defined in Arny’s City Shadows refer to unusual or rare states of consciousness that are statistically less common than the so called “normal states of consciousness” characteristic of a given area, culture, and times. Extreme states are frequently pathologized and called, “mental illness” and “psychoses”. While process work includes pathological viewpoints, pw emphasizes also the potential meaning and creativity of a situation.
PSYCHOSIS, DREAMING…Alternative Views. Will Hall Interviews Arny
In this interview, Will Hall of Madness Radio (www.madnessradio.net ) asks Arny about his long experience in working with extreme (that is statistically unusual) states of consciousness. Processwork prefers the term “extreme” to “psychosis”, because extreme stresses the unusual (in contrast to the pathologically “sick”) nature of what we all experience, to a lesser or greater extent. Click here to hear the interview of about 55 minutes
A 1998 Interview with Arny on Extreme States
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