Episode 50

American Collective Consciousness: A Conversation with Molly Merson

Published on: 10th January, 2018

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 at mollymerson.com/blog/problems-of-suicide-freud.


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


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Practice of Being Seen
Connectfulness® | Relationship Therapist | Private Practice Mentor and Consultant
A collection of weekly Connectfulness® Conversations with therapists and and change-makers. we examine how to create deeply restorative ripples of change within ourselves and with the world around us. Connectfulness® begins with the Practice Of Being Seen. Hosted by Rebecca Wong, relationship therapist, mentor and consultant to therapists and change-making professionals .

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Rebecca Wong LCSWR, SEP is a trauma therapist and educator who specializes in integrative modalities for somatic relational trauma resolution. She’s long been on a quest to help folks heal the legacy of transgenerational trauma, increase trust in the wisdom of their protective systems, and develop Connectfulness® practices that support relational wellness for generations to come. Learn more at connectfulness.com