Having written six books on philosophy, Richard Rose was not as well known for his practical system of psychology because he had yet to write the book that encompassed his significant psychological work with people before illness prevented him from doing so.
Over the span of more than twenty-five years, Rose advised hundreds of people who came to him seeking help for a variety of mental problems that, in many cases, modern psychology had been unable to treat.
An astute, intuitive psychologist able to “step inside the head of the person” by means of rapport in order to diagnose their problems correctly, Rose provided the ways and means tailored for each individual to cure themselves permanently of their particular psychological problem by using the steps he advocated.
Rose believed that there is a definite connection between sex and the mind—that certain sex acts have a negative impact on the mind whereby a person loses their mental clarity and becomes troubled. Consequently, therapy is a subtractive method—a cure comes about by taking away that which is troubling the mind so that it can become whole again once the problem is removed.
Rose said that without peace of mind and mental clarity, a person cannot think, and without the ability to think, they have nothing and can do nothing in life. “Rose Psychology” is a ways and means that works to cure a person of their psychological problems. The cure is effective because the diagnosis of the problem is correct and the therapeutic ways and means employed gets to the real root, not just the symptoms, of the problem obsessing the mind.
Rose’s psychological teachings — an overview
“True psychology is knowing who you are….a permanent understanding of yourself. ….The point of reference for psychology must be that which will best lead us to an answer for important psychological questions such as, ‘What is thought? ....What is the relation of thought to the body? ....Where does thought occur?....What is sanity?’
We must find ourselves. We must find out who is talking; who is looking for survival. We are talking about the business of sanity, meaning mental clarity and peace of mind. ….What we are getting into here is this business of inside knowledge. Psychology is the province of inside knowledge.
Psychology should be a study of the mind, not the body. ….Studying the inside of our self is a very simple process. We need not hold a doctorate in psychology to know about our thinking processes. All that is needed is some honest introspection.
A system which enables the student to confront himself actively with increased self-analysis is a more tangible method because the problem is always before him. ….We must examine the thought processes simultaneously with intense psychological analysis. Watching the thought processes will stimulate us to purify and clarify them.”
Mental problems and the sex connection
“Behind every bizarre state of mind is a bizarre sex act. ….Rose believed that the two conditions are intimately linked—bizarre sex and bizarre thinking—and not separate, coincidental concurring events.
Certain sex acts produce definite psychic reactions. ….Experimentation with exotic forms of sex is similar to experimentation with addictive drugs. The man who places the cup to the lip is not the same man who sets down the cup.
Rose was judgmental about certain sex acts for a reason. He did not believe that all sex acts are equal or normal or natural for an individual. Every case where a person gets themselves in trouble with sex can be traced to a particular initial sex act that the person indulged in. ….The problem is when a person is mentally troubled by sex they remain troubled. That trouble does not go away.
The sexual reverie associated with this whole mental fixation becomes a negative mental experience to be avoided.
…. An obsession means that you’re hypnotized. It means you’ve got a fixation. You have to get free of them. ….It is a mental condition which is being imposed upon them from an external source.”
A therapy that works
“Rose believed for a psychological therapy to be effective, it must be able to accomplish several things simultaneously. First, it must involve a correct evaluation and diagnosis of a person’s mental problems. Secondly, the therapy must utilize a technique that is able to go directly to the root of a person’s problems. Anything less will never bring about the desired results because the technique is dealing with symptoms only, using methods that are no better than trial and error. Thirdly, the therapeutic technique that is used must be able to eliminate the person’s problem and bring about a lasting, effective cure.
This must achieve for the person a newfound freedom from mental obsessions, and the establishment of mental clarity and peace of mind or the technique cannot be called a genuine, real psychological therapy. The goal of the person seeking psychological healing is to break the sex connection.
It has to be a subtractive method—a cure comes about by taking away something which is the source of what troubles us. And by the same means, Rose believed, lay the path to a therapy that can achieve a lasting cure by permanently removing that which is the source of our troubles. All a person needs to do, he advised, is try.”
The first step
There is no point in asking questions about “Rose Psychology” if you are unfamiliar with its approach, or do not agree with it. Neither Richard Rose, nor Alan Fitzpatrick, author of the “Sex Connection,” would try to convince you of anything, or sell you on a system of psychological therapy. While “Rose Psychology” is non-profit, the first step is to read The Sex Connection, by Alan Fitzpatrick. Within the book is contained a presentation of the psychological teachings of Richard Rose, a discussion of the sex connection to the mind and mental problems, and detailed steps involved in Rose’s system of therapy that actually work when applied.
If you are harmonious with its approach and understand what Rose was advocating as it applies to your own life, then the next step that you need to take will be manifest to you, whereupon asking questions can be helpful, as it pertains to your efforts.