Dr. Lucas Derks

Mental spatial psychological diagnosis

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When all psychological processes manifest themselves in mental space, this must imply that this also holds for all mental issues. This idea opens the road for research into the 3-D patterns that coincide with psychological disorders: mental spatial diagnosis. Where the current state of the art psychological diagnosis (DSM-5) is based on the categorization of symptoms, mental spatial diagnosis (MSD-1) uses spatial configuration in the experience of the client. In fact, the foundation for such a form of diagnosis stems from the NLP from the 1980s: the personal time line. Which was followed in the 1990s by the social panorama model. In this workshop we will explore how far this may lead us towards a more tight relation between diagnosis and treatment. Also a clear notion of what healthy configurations may look like becomes a clinical reality. In this workshop it will all become less futuristic to see Mental Spatial Diagnosis get a place in mainstream psychological health care.


 After his birth on November 19, 1950, the family moved in Februari of 1951 from Oosterbeek to Utrecht. He has a two years older sister. His early results at school were bothersome. His father, a skilled technician died in 1959. After printing school (diploma 1968) he went to the Art School (diploma 1973). Within that period he was very actively involved in mountaineering and from 1970 on, also in running, he is still practicing both sports.

From age ten on his talent in the visual arts had been the guiding line.

From 1973 upto 1976 he was teaching drawing and painting at the “De Werkschuit” Zeist/Bilthoven. He followed a didactical training. He was mainly painting in oil and tempera: solo exposition in 1980 and 1983.

From approximately 1970 on he developed a stong interest in psychology and started a full time study social psychology in 1976; master's degree 1982. He spent six months in Africa during his university years. His thesis was on pragmatism. He became acquaintent with the work of Bandler and Grinder in march 1977. Followed in 1983 a NLP practitioners training with the New York training Institute for NLP; 1985 NLP masters training at the Institute for Eclectic Psychology in Nijmegen Holland. From 1982 active as a therapist on the base. From 1980 to 1986 also working as a researcher for several important Dutch art museums (Het Rijksmuseum; Het Centraal museum, Van Gogh museum; Maritiem museum Prins Hendrik) subject: Visitor behaviour at large expositions. In 1986 he choose to devote himself exclusively to NLP and related things. Then he co-founded The William James Foundation, that, after a 5-day international conference on subjectivity at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1990, was dissolved in 2006. He published a novel that was awarded in 1992 and another novel in 2009. Lucas wrote about seven psychology books. He teamed up with the Dutch NLP trainers Jaap Hollander and Anneke Durlinger. Ever since he is doing free-lance jobs as a trainer at the Stichting voor Educatieve en Therapeutische Hypnose; SON Opleidingen BV te Eindhoven; Instituut voor Eclectische Psychologie and many other places in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungaria, USA, Finland, Suriname, Poland, Japan, Serbia, Brazil, England, New Zealand, Portugal, Lithuania, China, UK, Romania, Russia, Greece, Croatia, Malta and Austria. From 1993 on, he became involved in the develeopement of new methods in the field of social systems: The Social Panorama. The connection between the pragmatic fields of NLP with social psychology has become his mayor activity over the last decade. In 2002 he cofounded the International Laboratory for Mental Space Research and in 2013 the Society for Mental Space Psychology. 2016 he did a PhD on Clinical Experiments in Mental Space and works now on a research project on the treatment of depression in a mental space based manner.

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