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Flippin' Freud!

Flippin' Freud!

By John Martin Ramsay
Self-help psychology! No couch, no Freudian analysis. Take control of your life right now and laugh, too. Based on the work of Marlowe O. Erickson.
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Episode 25. Recapitulation
(pp.  67-68)
March 13, 2019
34. Concluding remarks and summary of insights.
This episode concludes the podcasts of FLIPPIN' FREUD.
March 3, 2019
33. Everyone has the potential to be joyful!
Dr. Erickson gives a review of some of his cases which illustrate key concepts in his approach in counseling.  This is useful to individuals and even to clinical psychologists.  (pp.  93-102)
March 3, 2019
32. The story of a case of domestic violence.
She had reason to be afraid of her husband.  Marlowe did, too!  The story puts Marlowe Erickson's skills as a clinical psychologist to the test.  What would you have done in this situation?  (pp.  87-93)
March 3, 2019
31. Don't do anything about smoking!
Joe Smoke began smoking as a teenager.  His wife also smoked.  Marlowe plays out his entertaining ideas for them about smoking.  (pp.  81-87 )
March 3, 2019
30. I am worried that I worry.
How to find a surrogate worrier, someone to do the worrying for you!  (pp.  78-81)
March 2, 2019
29. Infidelity on the burner.
The husband who had had an affair asked "what he could do to make peace with Ann [his wife]."  (pp.  76-78)
February 28, 2019
28. After being raped in her home.
Nell had been raped one night and called Marlowe the next morning.  He asked if she wanted to come in later but "she said no because she had been up all night between police and a trip to the hospital and needed some sleep now, so we made an appointment for the next day."  (pp.  74-76)
February 27, 2019
27. Video, audio, and feelio.
(pp.  70-74).  Sue Waters serves her sentence, then puts herself and her daughter on parole.  Marlowe then explains the difference between "video, audio, and feelio!"
February 26, 2019
26. Taking Care of Yourself
Taking care of yourself "with no cost to others."  (pp.  67-70)
February 25, 2019
24. Ellen sees how to interrupt a pattern established in childhood.
Marlowe gives another illustration of how a grown woman found how to interrupt a pattern established in childhood.  When she finds herself becoming wary of a relationship which might lead to another abandonment, she simply looks at her shoes and realizes that since they are polished and she can hang loose and be more fun to be with.  (pp. 58-60)
February 23, 2019
23. Marlowe shares his own personal tragedy and how he and his wife, Mary, dealt with it.
It would be difficult to find a more severe test of driving your own car through such a challenging journey.   (pp. 55-57)
February 22, 2019
22. Dealing with tragedy.
When a two year old daughter of one of Marlowe's students drowned, the father considered dropping the class to grieve.  Instead, he found enough value in Marlowe's approach to make use of it and shared it with his wife.  (pp. 54-55)
February 22, 2019
21. Use procrastination to your advantage!
Procrastination can be used two ways.  You can put off stopping smoking or you can put off lighting up!  (pp 53-54)
February 21, 2019
20. Marriage Counseling
He blamed her for his anger and she blamed him for making her cry.  Dr. Erickson's advice will floor you!  (pp. 51-52)
February 20, 2019
19. Hand on the burner or on velour—burnt or content?
Dr. Erickson understands the choices we make with impressive clarity.  He refers to this description in future episodes of Flippin' Freud.  (pp.  46-50)
February 19, 2019
18. One episode about parenting.
Ralph Holder learns to defuse his relationship with his ten year old son.  Can you use your "remote" to change your  "TV" channels?  (pp. 41-46)
February 18, 2019
17. Marlowe's personal experience "on the couch."
As a graduate student in psychology, Marlowe spent three years on the couch "looking for clues to my difficulties and analyzed my dreams...I finally quit...since J did not seem to be making much progress."  He learned to approach his clients in a very different way.  (pp. 37-41)
February 17, 2019
16. You are on trial and you are the judge. What sort of a sentence will you give yourself?
Be careful about the sentence, "I can never really find what I truly want."  (pp. 36-37)
February 17, 2019
15. Auto Pilot
Have you ever said, "I couldn't help myself?"  Marlowe describes a 180 degree change which happens as we shift from childhood to adulthood and suggests a way to change gears.  (pp. 33-36)
February 16, 2019
14. Burt McTemper
His temper had gotten him into a lot of trouble:  fighting, a broken jaw, getting arrested, two divorces,  getting fired, and his kids wouldn't speak to him.  Could Marlowe "fix" him?  (pp. 29-33)
February 15, 2019
12. Are you a backseat driver?
It is easier to drive your car if you take hold of the wheel from the front seat. You can start by imagining that you are in the driver’s seat. See what Professor Doodle says! Think about it. (pp. 21-23) 
February 13, 2019
11. How much do you weigh?
Is it easier to break a habit or change a pattern? Take a closer look at how you have internalized your answer. Let’s talk about it!  (pp. 20-21)
February 13, 2019
10. A nail-biter!
No more blood letting. You can change by doing nothing!  (pp. 19-20)
February 12, 2019
9. Dad keeps telling me what to do.
Bill Jr. has a habit of getting angry with his father.  Now, his father can no longer "drive him up the wall."  (pp. 18-19)
February 12, 2019
8. Are you statistically normal?
Are you chained or free? Americans often use the passive voice. Marlowe invites you to look, instead, at his cafeteria of ideas for ones that interest you.  (pp. 14-18) You can read the printed version at
February 12, 2019
7. Who do you manage?
In addressing managers who think that they are in charge of managing others, Marlowe suggests a very different approach of "managing."  He has developed a cadre of followers who have found his approach useful. (pp. 12-14) You can read the printed version at
February 12, 2019
6. My "touchy-feely" MBA class.
Marlowe describes his approach to Master of Business Administration students by asking them, "Are you a manager?"  When he gets the right answer, he says, "Bingo, twenty-four seven!" (pp. 8-11) You can read the printed version at
February 7, 2019
5. Doing versus making.
Are our thoughts colored by our words?  If we change our words, can we change our thoughts?  Dr. Erickson says, "The cultural norm is that we are pawns of our environment.  Instead, I am suggesting that we provide the meaning." (pp. 8-11) You can read the printed version at
February 7, 2019
4. Homeless Dave
Do you think Homeless Dave is a fool or a hero?  Test your perceptions and see how each and every one of us create our own realities.  (pp. 4-7) You can read the printed version at
February 7, 2019
3. Basis for Flippin' Freud
pp. 1-4. This is the first in a series of audio episodes reading from Marlowe O. Erickson's self-help psychological book titled Thoughts From A Psychologist.  In this episode Dr. Erickson lines out, as he says, "lessons I have learned from my own life with the hope that you may create some value in the way you run your life."  In the episodes that follow he gives many examples of people who have "used some of these ideas to create breakthrough experiences and transform their lives quickly and easily." You can find the printed version of Thoughts From A Psychologist at
February 7, 2019
Smoking, episode 2
Marlowe O. Erickson, PhD. concludes his two part podcast on how he was able to stop smoking and invites you to laugh about it without doing anything else!
January 31, 2019
Do you need a turkey to stop smoking?
Marlowe O. Erickson, PhD, had to flip Freud on his head before he learned how to stop smoking "easily and simply."  How about you?  In the next two podcasts he tells you how he did it!
January 31, 2019