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Existential Roundup

01/08/2015
Existential Roundup
Welcome to the Existential Roundup, where we bring you links to some articles currently trending that may be of interest to those in the existential-humanistic psychology community. Less than two weeks into 2015, tragedy is already dominating the world landscape. But really, some of the tragedies we speak of began even earlier, as the pain of 2014 merely continued. I speak specifically of Jennifer Finney Boylan’s article from The New York Times entitled “How to Save Your Life: A Response to Leelah Alcorn's Suicide Note” in which she describes the tragic death of a 17-...

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Let Us Give Thanks for Living Through Another December

01/07/2015
Let Us Give Thanks for Living Through Another December
The changing of the calendar year does not inspire me to celebrate. My “new year” comes at the end of autumn, as the trees—at the height of their high def beauty—drop their leaves and turn inward, surrendering to the growing darkness with a faith and grace I rarely muster. I reflected on my year back in October; I liked what I had reaped and sown, and am proceeding ahead with a commitment to a compassionate optimism. In my inner spiritual calendar, it’s almost Imbolc (Candlemas), the “spring’s spring,” and Jan 1 is just an ordinary day. Yet, the...

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Blaming the Victim

01/06/2015
Blaming the Victim
I am in an abusive relationship. It's hard to spot. Nobody in my house is hitting anybody or neglecting anyone, or shouting, insulting, degrading. In fact, the abusive relationship does not involve my family at all, except as codependents. What I'm addicted to is money, and my family can't live with me unless I have some. And the abusers are my employers. And maybe even the society that enables them. Lots of us are abused by our employers. They value money over labor, and please stockholders at the cost of, well, everything. Most people receiving “welfare,” the complex...

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Part of the Solution

01/05/2015
Part of the Solution
“If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” The above phrase has become a rallying cry of activists of all sorts. Of late, I’ve seen it on the newsfeeds of many Facebook friends—real friends—who have been active in the protests in New York City. But I have a real problem with this rallying cry—it is polarizing. Once again, in these times of divisiveness, I turn to Schneider’s (2013) The Polarized Mind. In the introduction, Schneider describes polarization as “a murderous plague,” and as we bear witness right now to...

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Existential Roundup

01/02/2015
Existential Roundup
Welcome to the Existential Roundup, where we bring you links to some articles currently trending that may be of interest to those in the existential-humanistic psychology community. Happy 2015! Only two days into the new year and some of us are still considering what resolutions to make for the coming year while others have already said goodbye to resolutions already broken (well, I said no coffee or sugar, but…). So of course, it is only appropriate to look at the some of the recent articles on changing our habits, because as we existentialists know, everything we do and think in this...

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The Paradox of Servant Leadership in the Classroom and Therapy Office

12/30/2014
The Paradox of Servant Leadership in the Classroom and Therapy Office
I loved Mr. Rogers as a kid—that avuncular, kindly, gently humorous man who could instill in me a desire to learn and become involved in civic endeavors better than any of my childhood teachers could. Now, with Fred Rogers shining in my memory, I work as a professor and a therapist. In the classroom, I strive to be spontaneous, creative, and humorous. I hope to inspire, to lead by example with my heart front and center. After all, how does one actually TEACH a student to be an Existential, Humanistic, or Transpersonal therapist? A strong common feature of the theories within these...

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Never Bring Up Anything You Can't Put Back Down

12/29/2014
Never Bring Up Anything You Can't Put Back Down
Never bring up anything you can't put back down. --H. P. Lovecraft The Sorcerer's Apprentice was, at one time, an animated chapter of the Disney film, Fantasia. Volumes have been written about the possible underground, unconscious meanings of the segment. As a reminder, Mickey Mouse, the titular character, uses magic to accomplish some mundane tasks. He animates some brooms, mops, and so on to clean the laboratory, and quickly the whole enterprise spins out of control. Herbert West would have reminded Mickey not to animate anything more powerful than himself, anything he could not...

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Existential Roundup

12/26/2014
Existential Roundup
Welcome to the Existential Roundup, where we bring you links to some articles currently trending that may be of interest to those in the existential-humanistic psychology community. As the year draws to a close, these year-end list do as well. To end this year on a high note, we would like to look back on some of our must-read blogs, in case you have missed them. Use the quiet days as 2014 winds down to read instead of shop the pseudo-post-Christmas “bargains.” Again, without further ado, and again, with the hope that readers will start contributing their own so that this list...

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When "We" Know Better Than "You"

12/22/2014
When "We" Know Better Than "You"
In the long run, debate tactics can be as dangerous as bullets. Reading the arguments in America’s ongoing culture war, I am increasingly reminded of George Orwell, who condemned those who “speak in slogans and think in bullets.” The latest culture war debate tactic among those smart enough to come up with it but not wise enough to know betters, is the claim that you don’t really believe what you believe. You only believe it because you can’t help yourself. We see this all the time in articles in the popular press with headlines like “The Neuroscience of...

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Existential Roundup

12/19/2014
Existential Roundup
Welcome to the Existential Roundup, where we bring you links to some articles currently trending that may be of interest to those in the existential-humanistic psychology community. It’s the time of year for parties and buffets, and overindulging in nibbly bites. Well, this week we bring to you the kind of smorgasbord that doesn’t put on the pounds, so indulge all you like on this odd collection of stories from the recent media. In Questions for Grandfather’s Psychiatrist, tempting headline if ever there was one, we find another tasty morsel from The New York Times’...

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