By Dennie Briggs
Starting with their first assembly in 1956 and finishing with Maxwell Jones' dying in 1990, A lifestyles good Lived follows the expansion of a friendship among key figures in social psychiatry and tracks the evolution of healing groups from their experimental beginnings to the proven practices that exist this day. As an in depth pal and common collaborator, Briggs is ready to recount intimately Jones' progressive paintings in psychological hospitals, prisons, groups and colleges, and provides a unprecedented and interesting perception into the brain of 1 of an important pioneers within the healing neighborhood box.
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Extra resources for A Life Well Lived: Maxwell Jones - A Memoir (Community, Culture and Change)
Whereas Huxley had used drugs to probe the deeper reaches of the mind, the hippies were using drugs to escape. And there was a great difference between the two experiments, even if the means were the same; also, without a supporting structure, the results of casual drug use were often tragic. Needless to say, in some respects Max was leery of the movement’s outcome. And the prevailing practice of “doing your own thing” was terribly autocratic and frequently infringed on the rights of others. ” The prolonged war in Vietnam was very distressing to me.
Max was captivated by a project at the Los Angeles County Hospital, run by Sherna Gluck, a sociologist, for skid-row alcoholics who had active tuberculosis. He felt quite at home with these men who resembled many whom he’d known at Henderson from London’s East End. She found that as the project matured, patients dispensed reading from the log in the community 34 A LIFE WELL LIVED meetings and instead appointed a clerk who took notes in the meetings and read them back in the subsequent one. One of the most significant changes occurred among the staff, similar to the course of events Max had experienced at Henderson.
The campus continued to become the focus of student activities which extended to Berkeley and, later, to Stanford. Max’s next arrival coincided with the greatest turmoil yet on campus. Students were attempting to put their new social awareness into action. Max had recently been lecturing at Columbia during its own time of upheaval, and he’d been struck by the professors’ 44 A LIFE WELL LIVED reluctance to use the situation as a living learning experience. In the rich matrix of change, they preferred to stick by the security of their lectures and textbooks.
A Life Well Lived: Maxwell Jones - A Memoir (Community, Culture and Change) by Dennie Briggs