A Life Well Lived: Maxwell Jones - A Memoir (Community, by Dennie Briggs

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 validated practices that exist at the present time. As an in depth buddy and common collaborator, Briggs is ready to recount intimately Jones' innovative paintings in psychological hospitals, prisons, groups and colleges, and provides an extraordinary and fascinating perception into the brain of 1 of an important pioneers within the healing group box.

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I arranged for Ms Lippitt and Max to visit at the same time so that they could get to know one another. Max held workshops for the teachers and their assistants and became highly involved in this project which, at the end of the summer, was extended to other schools. He carried the ideas back to Scotland where he introduced them in some of the local schools and, upon his retirement to Denver, did the same there. He came and spoke as a guest lecturer (around the ideas from the project) in the classes I was teaching at the University of California at Riverside.

The idea was to make their time more constructive and perhaps these skills would help them outside prison (by leading fuller lives and acquiring job skills). 9 Doug had read this paper at the annual meetings of the American Psychological Association in 1955 and later submitted it to the British Journal of Delinquency. In one of those ironies of fate, this paper was the one that the editor had sent to Max to critique during my first visit at Henderson. 10 Max had discovered the quantum physicists’ finding that observer and the observed could not be separated, and, by taking this inseparability into account, you could gain new insights from the interaction itself.

I was especially irritated by some of the “experts” who’d come to Dingleton only wanting the glow of Max’s reputation while continuing to practice their orthodoxy. Real change was something they weren’t interested in—at least for themselves. Even though Max maintained that it took a year to become absorbed into the atmosphere, understand it, and make a contribution, some just never caught on. There was an American physician on the staff but our philosophies in treatment couldn’t have been more different.

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