THE ALCHEMY PROJECT – Cognition, gender, media, influences, genogram *Systems Theory #DepthPsychology

So we have been looking at lots of films over the past few days and talking about Self psychology which is a bit different than “Selfies” but the newest generation is doing those.  So when we think of media surround and how that affects generations along the genogram I watched a couple of films yesterday, that I want to put, because of the kids being bullied. You will notice the phone is present in these too.

So in this one we will look a bit at gender, and how kids are seeing that now, and then use the genogram to pin down the cultural surround for them.  And see how it differs across eras.

I watched this one.  Pretty central to my thesis around here, of late.  I just find this so sad.  I really do.  But you watch!

So let’s go back now to the genogram years.

What can we learn from earlier time zones!

1974 ———————————————— 2015





So in the 70’s we only had films at mainstream movies to teach us anything.  There was no internet.  In the seventies, I knew boys who were gay in my Junior High and H.S. years.  I don’t think girls were “out” yet.

Sex education was taught as part of Biology class?  I cut it.  But I don’t think there was an emphasis on that, anyway, and not in generations above mine either.  So basically think “The Brady Bunch” for how the 70’s looked to teens, even though, most of us did not live like that?  I will get clips.

This one was my fave from that time… The Partridge Family.  (Total cuteness of the guitarist, you know?) David Cassidy, and also the actress Susan Dey at that time.  So we can see how “heterosexuality” can form during teen years by looking at media idols.  This is what I talk about in terms of media surround.  Media surround was much smaller in the 1970’s for the teens.  As we start to think about the shifts perhaps post 1984?  With the rise of the online universe moving forward ——————–> We might need to look at two things?  Electronic surround and psychotropic drugs being used in these populations.

So here is how it looked in 1974:

Here is American Bandstand of the era my gen is in teenage years.

So think, 13 channels on TV, lots of dancing.  No selfies per se, “MIRRORING” of the self is done by other kids, in the world of “outside.”  Very different for a kid at home on a computer looking “into” the world of the web.  So question is “WHAT IS FORMING THE MIRROR.”  Or?  Is there any mirroring going on at all.  Is it just kid “staring into” void space of WEB?


Now, let’s look at today, for teens.

So we are fast-forwarding into birthdate just before 2000, and we want to think of how media is influencing this gen.

I watched this:

and watching this again…

So, we could say that this sort of “bullying” did NOT EXIST in the generation that is a teen in 1974.

So, now we are looking at the tragic outcomes we have seen on the news.

So, we are hearing about “ALONE” and we are seeing the “ONLINE” deal these kids go through.

As I looked at the images of the EMO HEARTS and seeing all the cutting going on?

That is how I thought up this project.  Media surround is what has shifted across generations.


It’s very tragic for me as an adult to see the levels of bullying these kids go through?  I can’t help wondering WHEN that started.  Hence, use of the genogram years to try and pin down, as the “electronic spine” grew?

So watching a few more videos:

*Note: So in the film above you can see how the two can talk to each other.  In this population that is how the ALCHEMY PROJECT WORKS.



NOTES: So what we are seeing is almost a complete role reversal in the physical body.

We are seeing “SELF” as not okay to be “SELF”

We are seeing “IMMENSE BULLYING” in era of coming of age.

So, gets Wikipedia on all this and sex education for kids.  We are seeing this in the wiki as starting in the FOURTH? Grade?

Most adolescents in the United States receive some form of sex education at school at least once between grades 6 and 12; many schools begin addressing some topics as early as grades 4 or 5.[1] Academic and other proponents of the National Sexuality Education Standards advocate that by the end of the fifth grade, students should be able to “Define sexual orientation as the romantic attraction of an individual to someone of the same gender or a different gender.”[2] However, what students learn varies widely, because curriculum decisions are so decentralized. Many states have laws governing what is taught in sex education classes or allowing parents to opt out. Some state laws leave curriculum decisions to individual school districts.[3]

I think we really need to rethink the above?

Based on both the medications that may have been handed to these kids, the media surround, and what I am seeing in terms of the suicidal ideation in the drawings that the kids are doing.  FIFTH GRADE is a bit early?  So what are we seeing?

Seems a bit early.

Picks up a news story from twitter this morning:

Five year old is TOO YOUNG for that kind of education.  Really.  So as we think about the culture of the downloads in the first video, and then this education aimed at five year olds?  Something is awry in the classroom.  We can try and pin that down along the genogram as well.

So a second article here:


So this is very agenda-driven is my guess?

Taking a look at this:

Standards to be introduced in kindergarten and be met by the second grade include: “Identify different kinds of family structures” and “Demonstrate ways to show respect for different types of families.”

Recommendations for students by the time they reach age seven include that they [u]se proper names for body parts, including male and female anatomy” and “[p]rovide examples of how friends, family, media, society and culture influence ways in which boys and girls think they should act.”

Starting in the third grade, and upon completion of the fifth – when most children are 10 years old – students should be able to “[d]efine sexual orientation as the romantic attraction of an individual to someone of the same gender or a different gender” and “[i]dentify parents or other trusted adults of whom students can ask questions about sexual orientation.”

By completion of the eighth grade, the report says, students should be able to “[d]ifferentiate between gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation,” “[e]xplain the range of gender roles,” and “[d]efine emergency contraception and its use.”

Upon completion of middle school, students should be able to “[a]nalyze external influences that have an impact on one’s attitudes about gender, sexual orientation and gender identity”; “[a]ccess accurate information about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation”; “[c]ommunicate respectfully with and about people of all gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations”; “[e]xplain the health benefits, risks and effectiveness rates of various methods of contraception, including abstinence and condoms”; and “[d]escribe the steps to using a condom correctly.”

So that is basically NEW above?

And it may be proving very difficult for teens to cope with that much info as well as access to what they have seen online as in the first video.

So let’s look at what has changed:

Will be continued tomorrow.  The names for things have changed?

We will look at cultural surround some more along the genogram.

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