It matters that people have a way to use the latest findings in psychology beyond buying a pill for depression. It matters that people have a way of looking at their lives that lets them ask the big questions and determine how they want to live – and that this is supported by therapists and mental health professionals.

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I used to hang around Goth clubs. I would paint my face white, wear a frilly shirt, the whole Goth bit. At this time, even though I was a young man, the people in the clubs were mostly younger than me, and the scene was transitioning from Vampire Goths (people who dressed with imagined old-world elegance) to Indy Goth (people who still liked to...
Existential philosophy, and by extension, existential psychology, puts a tremendous emphasis on the interrelatedness of human beings. None of us operates in a vacuum. What we do, or do not do, has consequences on the world around us. None of this is news. Earlier this week, I attended a Café Columbia evening, which is where members of the faculty...
It is that time of year again when I am reminded of my brief service in the U.S. military. For four years, I worked in satellite operations for the Air Force. It doesn't happen often, but people sometimes people insist on including me in their statements of Veterans Day gratitude. I don't feel terribly deserving of any gratitude. Like most people...
The 1763 John Baskerville Bible.
A friend commented last night that the whole country is going to Hell because Mr. Obama won the general election, and we voted for a lesbian senator. "Hell" here is capitalized because this friend meant it literally. We are not living Biblically and are therefore Hell-bound. I wanted to retort angrily. Oh, so many angry retorts on the tip of my...
Photo by Mark Wolfe.
I hate standing on lines. There are very few things for which I will actually wait. Years back, I waited on line in book store to meet Jimmy Stewart, that great icon of American cinema. I wait on line to get a good seat for my bus trips. I once waited on line for 60 hours for U2 tickets but that experience spoiled the show. The band could never...
It was about 6am when I embarked on a training ride on a cool Sunday morning. The house was quiet, and the only sounds were mine as I filled water bottles with ice water, pumped my tires, and opened and shut the door on my way out. The air seemed crisp and clear. The crank-set of my racing bike seemed smooth and so mechanistic. I was aware that it...
Photo by Krzysztof Mizera, changed by Chagler and MathKnight. .
Several years ago, Kirk Schneider was interviewed by the student newspaper of the Colorado School of Professional Psychology. The interview asked Schneider what he would be if he were not a psychologist; he responded an “existential theologian.” Existentialism has long included the realm of the transcendent and the role of spirituality in the...
Every four years, we, as Americans, have a unique opportunity to voice our opinion by voting for the next President of the United States. It is a right given to all United States citizens that was not always there. However, according to the United States Census Bureau, in the 2008 presidential election, only 64 percent of the registered voters...
Helen Keller circa 1907.
A friend and I visited an interactive exhibit this past week entitled “Dialogue in the Dark.” It was an “illuminating” experience for us to enter into the world of the blind. Though the experience was fun for me, I can only imagine what it would be like to lose my sight permanently. I’m trying not to pity the blind, for our blind guide reminded us...
Halloween is a curious cultural phenomenon isn’t it? Whatever else we may say about it, it is probably the most interesting and fascinating holiday from a psychological perspective, in terms of what it reveals concerning our collective psyche. On the surface level alone, we have plenty of reasons to pause, wonder, and speculate. Indeed, let’s...
The value of therapy can be somewhat of a mystery, even with a general consensus agreeing that it is a tool used to improve one's life and solve problems. However, to an educated clinician, the very word "therapy" is a meta-tool beneath which are many smaller concepts and methods to support any person with any given set of problems. These more...
The other night I dreamed I was as disabled as some of my clients over the years, the adults with disabilities who I have tried to help fit into a society that doesn’t understand them. I’ve written before about “having” Asperger’s disorder, mostly about the epistemological problems of a statement like that, and not so much about the limitations I...