Announcing the publication of my new book, Connect2® Personality Mapping. It's available on Amazon.com. Here's the back cover description:
You are the clinician that wants to know and understand the patterns and intersections of your patient’s life. You want to connect the dots and see how the big picture and the tiniest details overlay to create the landscape of her life and relationships with family, friends, partner, and self. You want to see the “here be dragons” portion of the unconscious. You want to know the depth, breadth and height of his experiences that has led to now, to you.
Connect2® Personality Mapping is a powerful guided psychotherapeutic process tool designed to explore the layers of the physical and psycho-emotional Self with individuals, couples and families. It is a way of illustrating, in black and white and color, an individual’s maps of her intra- and inter-personal relationships.
The purpose of Personality Mapping is to examine and integrate those maps, within your particular theoretical orientation. Simply put, the end-goal is to alter the maps, transform the brain, and reframe feelings and responses so that they become rich, appropriate and authentic.
Here are testimonials about Connect2® Personality Mapping from the back cover:
Great work! I love your technique. Chandrama Anderson introduces a powerful and creative tool that therapists of all persuasions can use to great effect. Using her technique, the client is led through a process of writing and drawing which lays bare multiple levels: emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, family, relationships, sexuality, and financial. Richly illustrated with case examples, her presentation is so clear and practical that readers are likely to say to themselves, "Duh! Why didn’t I think of that?"
David Van Nuys, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Sonoma State University, Host, Shrink Rap Radio, Host, Wise Counsel Podcast
"[Personality Mapping is] a very interesting and clinically useful technique . . . I practiced psychiatry and psychoanalysis for 30+ years . . . This was helpful for many patients, but unable to help many patients delve into material that was too emotionally dangerous for them. I wish that I knew of your technique of Personality Mapping. It is a wonderful avenue into this material . . ."
Barry M. Panter, M.D.
Founder and Director of The American Institute of Medical Education, Emeritus Clinical Professor
Psychiatry USC School of Medicine; Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
"[Personality Mapping] is particularly helpful and useful in assisting us in developing a new mental paradigm in conceptualizing our work with individuals, couples, and families."
Doris O'Neal, LCSW
Training Coordinator, Family Service Agency of San Mateo County
Connect2® Personality Mapping
Host a Personality Mapping Party at your Home You, your friends and associates are people that want to know more about yourself: who you are, how you got here, what's in your way. You want to understand yourself, your family, and your relationships.
Individual or Couple: Call to schedule.
See the cover of the forthcoming Connect2 Personality Mapping book for clinicians! Connect2® Personality Mapping Connect2 Personality Mapping is a powerful guided process designed to explore the layers of the physical and psycho-emotional Self. It is a way of illuminating an individual’s intra- and inter-personal relationships, which may include one’s own-- and often previous generations’--unfinished business.
During childhood we create maps for ourselves that frame our realities and shape our behaviors, often for the rest of our lives. These early maps are grounded in our genetic predispositions and shaped through our earliest childhood experiences, including interactions with parents, grandparents, siblings, and other significant people in our lives. They carry important information on what is acceptable and what must be hidden in our lives. 1
As we grow into adulthood, these personality maps are carried into our personal and work lives, affecting how we express ourselves, interpret our emotions, and interact with others. If they are distorted by a difficult upbringing, they can become roadmaps for unhappy relationships and skewed views of reality.
But we now know that the brain retains neural plasticity throughout life (Cozolino, 2002), and we can learn to respond differently once we understand our own circumstances. The purpose of Personality Mapping, then, is to examine the maps that direct our feelings, to explore how they affect our behaviors and relationships, and ultimately, to integrate these maps into our adult awareness so that we are able to make better choices. Simply put, the end-goal is to alter the maps, transform the brain, and reframe our feelings and responses so that they become rich, appropriate and authentic.
1 Kurtz (1990) calls them maps. Fisher (1992) refers to them as character strategies. Jung used the term personality types.
Myers-Briggs tells you what your personality style is -- Personality Mapping shows you how you got here, highlights where you want to go and what might be slowing you down. The goal is to develop tools to live a successful, authentic life, and change your brain along the way.
I received a wonderful letter about my presentation on Personality Mapping from Barry M. Panter, M.D. ( Founder and Director of The American Institute of Medical Education, Emeritus Clinical Professor Psychiatriatry USC School of Medicine; Training and Supervising Analyst, Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute; Fellow, American Psychiatric Association), and I'd like to share it with you:
THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL EDUCATION 3255 Cahuenga Blvd W #111 Los Angeles, CA 90067 323-874-5500
Thank you for your excellent presentation at our conference Creativity and Madness, Psychological Studies of Art and Artists, in Santa Fe this past August.
The comments about your presentation from our questionnaires were uniformly laudatory. Your content and presentation style gave us a very interesting and clinically useful technique and information.
I practiced psychiatry and psychoanalysis for 30+ years, using the traditional psychoanalytic technique. This was helpful for many patients, but unable to help many patients delve into material that was too emotionally dangerous for them. I wish that I knew of your technique of Personality Mapping. It is a wonderful avenue into this material for many patients who cannot be reached by traditional techniques.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us and bringing this clinically exciting material to our attention.
With best regards,
Barry M. Panter, M.D.
And from Doris O'Neal, LCSW, Training Coordinator, Family Service Agency of San Mateo County:
"Thank you so much for your excellent presentation . . . on Personality Mapping. I have heard a great deal of positive feedback from various staff members about your presentation. It is particularly helpful and useful in assisting us in developing a new mental paradigm in conceptualizing our work with individuals, couples, and families. The staff responded well to your experiential exercises . . . All of those in attendance learned something from your presentation, and expressed the feeling that they have some new tools and strategies to use in their work with individual clients, couples, and families. It is my hope you will be willing to come again at a future date and do another training."