Site materials are based on the research, theories and clinical treatment and organizational development strategies of Martin G. Groder, M.D. and Anastasia Rosen-Jones (formerly Marcia E. Rosen). The Groder-Rosen formal name for the "Dark Side" is the "Survivor Addict".
The Groder-Rosen Addiction Development (and Transformation) Theory
(GRAD) upon which this blog site is set represents this capacity of Marty’s,
augmented by my own contributions to his original thinking and my expansions of it.
Among the intricacies he identified, Marty recognized an
array of portals through which contact with the Force could be reached and
transformed from the Dark into the Light.
In a manner of thinking not readily grasped these days,
Marty also cultivated the perspective I have passed on to hundreds, if not
thousands, that the central playing field for the integration of these
elemental, gateway energies for well-being is the community.
Later, when my years of training with Marty had passed,
Murat Yagan,** who then became my spiritual guide and New Horizons’ community
development mentor, presented the almost identical template for human
transformation. Again, community was
spotlighted as the essential learning laboratory.
The major difference, for me, between these two, somewhat
different in terms of fundamental principles, yet markedly identical perspectives
was that Marty’s approach offered a map out of survival-driven living (i.e. the
life of the survivor/addict) and Murat’s showed the way to grow and develop
beyond that mere subsistence baseline, ascendancy to the highest realms of human life and consciousness.
When, as a result of massive changes in my own life, I came
to combine these two ideologies into an integrative whole for myself,
especially professionally, I came to view Marty’s methodology as being one of
focusing on the “what not to do in life” and Murat’s as the “what to do.”
In other words, one might say that Marty’s work was about
wrestling with the Dark Side while Murat’s was with reaching for the Light.
Simply, yet not simple at all, two sides of the same coin – the workings of
humanity; operations that are far more about process than product, ongoing experiential learning not mere achievements.