Monica Cassani PDF prepared for podcast Waking Up Bipolar with Chris Cole

Description: Below, please find a collection of articles for companion piece for the podcast Waking Up Bipolar hosted by Chris Cole. This can be downloaded by clicking on the arrow at the bottom of the PDF image.

Comments: Over the years now I’ve been interviewed on radio and podcasts a number of times. I’ve had fun every time.

This interview with Chris Cole, though, I believe is my favorite so far and that’s because he went straight to what is most important to me at this time in my work. That is the idea of how we are embodied beings and more precisely we talked about that in terms of what I’ve come to call the “somatic imperative.” When I first came up with that term it fit my experience so precisely I’ve started using it all the time. I googled it the first time I used it and it’s not a term that’s been used before. Still, I’ve found that many people resonate with it strongly when I use it and Chris and I had a great conversation that begins with this idea.

The other reason this interview is special in my mind is because Chris and I see things from different vantage points and yet we still have so much in common. I LOVE that. Chris uses the system and has a psychiatrist. He also is comfortable using the DSM diagnosis (while recognising it’s issues)   I’ve been gravely harmed by psych drugs and don’t go near the system. And I do not give much credence to DSM diagnosis. We understand that we can have very divergent experiences and still find much common ground.

For quick reference see:

or for a more inclusive collection of articles about what we discussed:

Monica Cassani, Somatic Imperative, etc

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