Consulting Philosophy is based on new concepts, perspectives, and procedures which I have developed through my study of philosophy, religion, psychology, political-economic dynamics, artificial intelligence, and in my pursuit of discernment through assimilation of the Perennial Tradition. 1
I created Consulting Philosophy in 1968--in articles I published and a consultancy practice I launched in St. Louis, MO and Belleville, IL.
"Distinguishing Consulting Philosophy from Psychotherapy," Rational Living,, New York, NY, March, 1969
"Situational Learning," Humanist Educator, 1977
"This new technique of teaching and learning presents situations which provide the student a certain form of experience that can assist in our self-transformation. Of course the situations do not possess a mechanistic magic; they cannot change us automatically. We must use them in order to explore and transform ourselves. At the same time, however, the form of experience the situations provide can begin to affect us in ways which we may not at first recognize. As we participate in the situational learning experiences, we may find ourselves changing in ways which our old categories and feelings cannot explain."
Norman D. Livergood, "Situational Learning," Humanist Educator, 1977
B. Group Workshops in Consulting Philosophy
Group workshops in Consulting Philosophy, Institute for Rational Living, St. Louis, MO, 1968, 1969
Group workshop in Consulting Philosophy, Institute for Rational Living, New York, NY, 1968
C. Individual sessions in Consulting Philosophy
At the Institute for Rational Living, St. Louis, MO, 1968, 1969
At the Busch-McMahon Clinic, Belleville, IL, 1968, 1969
The Methodology and Objectives of Consulting Philosophy
Learning to think critically: forming your own personal beliefs by basing them on evidence
Increasing your self-awareness:
developing an autonomous self which is able to think and act on its own initiative
Gaining critical consciousness: learning to perceive social, political, and economic injustice and learning to take progressive action against the oppressive elements of reality
Of, relating to, or characterized by progress; making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities; educational theory marked by emphasis on the individual; moving forward or onward; advancing; advocating political change through social improvement; enlightened
Having or showing realization, perception, or knowledge; cognizance, discernment, sensibility; aliveness; being awake; having knowledge of elements not generally known or apparent
"Either you think--or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Consulting Philosophy Made Available By The Same People Who Brought You the Modern Guru
The primary procedure of Consulting Philosophy is consulting (dialectical interchange) one-on-one either via Internet chat or in person.
Consulting Philosophy is not psychotherapy or counseling.
Consulting Philosophy does not attempt to deal with psychological problems or symptoms.
Consulting Philosophy does not involve psychotherapy or psychological counseling in any manner. Persons needing such clinical services
should seek assistance in one of those areas. Individuals currently involved in a psychological, counseling, psychotherapeutic, or metaphysical regimen are not admitted to consultancy. This includes persons who are involved in any kind of psychological or psychiatric drug regimen (e.g. antidepressants), whether actively undergoing psychotherapy or not.
Consulting Philosophy is not an academic course in philosophy.
Consulting Philosophy does not involve the review of philosophical or metaphysical material in an academic manner; it deals with the individual who is consulting with the Consulting Philosopher. Individuals accepted for consultancy learn to examine their own beliefs and actions, acquire objectivity through deliberation, develop personal values, and understand ideas which the Consulting Philosophy sessions involve. The emphasis is placed on assimilation, not merely analyzing and theorizing. One of the primary objectives of Consulting Philosophy is radical, personal transformation.
Consulting Philosophy is fee-based.
Persons applying for acceptance into consultancy must suitably provide the information identified below and submit the fee of $75 per hour, advance payment required. 2 After successful completion of the intake interview, the client must sign and mail the Terms and Conditions, Disclaimer, and Indemnity Agreement.
In my Consulting Philosophy practice I accept only a small number of serious applicants.
I have no interest in working with large numbers of merely inquisitive or idly curious persons.
I accept applicants into consultancy only after an initial free intake interview.
If you are interested in applying for acceptance into consultancy, send the following information to the email address below:
Name, street and email address, age, current occupation, and sexual orientation
Why you wish to be accepted into consultancy: problems, issues, difficulties