I know that I have written two other posts on this book, The Wayseers by Garret John LoPorto, and that those posts may be a bit confusing. That is probably because I was confused, which to be honest is not that difficult to do to me lately.
I do like the book and would recommend that you read it if you are into alternative theories on psychology and spirituality. LoPorto starts out with the study of a mutation to the DRD4, something, something gene. It is one of those long scientific names that seems to always throw me for a loop. So anyway, I did some searching and while I do not find Wikipedia to always be a great source of information, in this case it was one of the few that I could actually understand. LoPorto appears to be quoting old studies that gave this gene mutation credit for the thrill seeking personality. There may be a gene out there that determines thrill seeking traits, this gene is not it. What this gene does tell us is the likelihood that the person with it will have a serious mental illness like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or ADHD. Which LoPorto makes some link between these mental illnesses and the repressed thrill seeking impulses.
LoPorto also quotes Otto Rank quite often, who started out as Freud’s assistant in Vienna, but gained his own popularity through writing alternatives to the mainstream psychology of the time. Admittedly, I have not read Rank’s work so can not agree with or criticize LoPorto’s use or evaluation of it.
Where I did find the confusion is that the link to God or Heart, as LoPorto put it. I am all for a God centered life, whatever that God may be, and living your life as you see fit as well. LoPorto most of the time seems to say that same thought, but at times takes it further by stating that we should follow our impulses. OK, that would be fine if all our impulses were pure, kind, and loving, but we all know that there are darker impulses that if expressed would make our own hell on earth.
Later in the book, LoPorto talks about following those impulses that come not from ego but from the deeper heart. I am not sure that the ego can create impulses, since this is supposed to be the thinking part of us, not the emotional part. Anything from the ego should be thought out and calculated, not impulsive. But those things from the emotions are impulsive.
Granted I am not a psychologist, nor am I well read on most of the supporting materials LoPorto used to hold his theory up. That being said, most of the book was interesting and kept the mind busy examining his thoughts.
Since the mind is still a mysterious landscape for science and the rest of us, I have to stand in support of the fact that until absolutely proven otherwise, LoPorto’s theories are just as valid as anyone’s. And if nothing else, does give us a more positive approach to ourselves than many other ones available to us.