An original and creative but still robust case depicting the impact of culture on the individual and the unrealised potential that still exists for solidarity in community. There is a strong emphasis on ‘spiritual equality’ and justice (particularly in mental health) with many socially progressive arguments.
Nine Seahorses: A Plea For Sanity In Three Parts is an original and creative but still robust case depicting the impact of culture on the individual and the unrealised potential that still exists for solidarity in community. There is a strong emphasis on “spiritual equality” and justice (particularly in mental health) with many socially progressive arguments. It is the first formal argument blending scientific behaviorism, Eric Berne’s Transactional Analysis and the spiritual recovery to be discovered in the 12-step fellowship/program – so facilitating an inclusive theory of the “human condition”. Perhaps you could take a moment (or more) to inspect the book at www.seahorsepress.co.uk. We would welcome your feedback.
Nine Seahorses: A Plea For Sanity In Three Parts
– is a brand new, highly creative and intellectually stimulating book about acquiring and maintaining (or retaining if you are lucky) personal sanity in the electronically “connected” world;
– constitutes an original prototypical argument promoting social progress in the realms of personal resilience and affiliation within and between communities – from the most intimate of personal relationships to the most momentous of international tensions (and the anticipation of their peaceful dissolution);
– generates a 21st century psychological “theory of everything”, weaving divergent strands drawn from the modern discipline and its counterparts in: counselling, psychotherapy and all forms of psychological helping; the humanities (especially history, philosophy, theology and spirituality); the history, philosophy and future of science; sociology and all the social sciences including culture and counterculture, politics and citizenship, criminal and social justice, peace studies and conflict resolution, and the putative human impact on climate change;
– imaginatively explains the (Child and Parent) “ego states” in Eric Berne’s Transactional Analysis (or TA) scientifically; i.e., in the language of classical and operant conditioning;
– presents a critical overview of the mental health system and the cross-sector psychotherapies (at least, as they may be experienced by clients-in-waiting) situated in their history;
– depicts and espouses the advocacy-potential of the “poachers-turned-gamekeeper” who can be so effective in helping the psychologically embattled gain access to suitable resources;
– stages an allegorical flourish which may delight precocious children, not to mention both younger and more senior adults:
in Part III, “The Story Of Seahorse Sam” portrays a sensitive seahorse who, having been strangely terrorised by the creepy “Clipboard Clive” (a character representing the detrimental cultural learning to which we all are exposed by degrees from our earliest moments), experiences intense personal distress – followed by sudden emancipation by dint of mysteriously-timed connection and then conversation with like-minded companions;
– is substantial in size as well as message, comprising some 344 black-and-white pages (including nearly 100 photographs playing with the narrative throughout) bound in a colour cover, the
volume’s dimensions: 170mm x 240mm (portrait) x 22mm (spine).
Seahorse Sam is a nom-de-plume assumed by Dr Martin Nieland, a psychologist with significant experience of teaching theory and research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, implementing policy in mental health domains such as “dual diagnosis” and leading service development in and from the third sector.
ISBN 978-0-9567142-0-6 ~ 1st Jan 2011 ~ £21.75 RRP ~ Review copy on request