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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A Lincoln-Douglas debate commemorative stamp.
“Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting my friends.” ― John Lennon It was the kind of fall afternoon that makes me glad I live in Colorado. The sky was a brilliant blue, and the sun illuminated everything you could see. There was a slight breeze causing the golden aspen leafs to shimmer and shake as though tiny dancers....
The U.S. is in the midst of the Presidential election, which means that we have been subject to increasing levels of vitriolic communication as the political battle lines have been drawn. It's republicans versus democrats, rich versus poor, and at the core, it is largely about us versus them. The political poles in the U.S. have done an amazingly...
President Obama campaigning in New Mexico.
It is easy to become disgusted with politics in the United States today. Corruption seems to be the norm, and there does not appear to be any genuine hope for change. We blame the politicians, the politician system, the parties, and the media, but rarely do we consider our role—the role of the general public. In this blog, I am going to argue that...
United States politics is fraught with conflict and disagreement as is evident even to the casual observer. These are natural occurrences in all organizations and political systems. They can be used poorly or for gain. Often, disagreement and conflict, when handled properly, can encourage creativity and development. When handled poorly, they can...
Photo by Benoit Darcy
The other day my teenage son started telling me why he thought it wasn’t good to watch the news. “You watch and something bad may have happened and you’re like, ‘eh’. You’re jaded. You get so used to seeing bad shit. Bad things shouldn’t be normal, but when you watch the news you keep getting exposed to things like stabbings, rape, war, that you...
Photo by Kurt Christensen
A long time ago, while I was working as a barista to supplement my GI Bill and thus have the ability to buy food while going to college, I got into many interesting discussions with very many wonderful, fascinating people. I met feminists, weird cultists recruiting on street corners, quantum physics students struggling to accept a reality of...
Photo by Richard Bargdill
I was reminded by a previous post on the “New Existentialists” by Katie Darling entitled Lessons from a Horse about something I had started writing a few years ago. The piece was about lessons that I had learned from trees. I hope you enjoy my reflections about the hairs of the earth! Tree Lesson #1 You can’t fall down without some effect on...
Computers have never passed the Turing Test, but plucky start-ups say software is ready to replace therapists anyway. That’s according to a recent article in The Atlantic highlighting “The Digital Future of Mental Health” -  which doesn’t sound like an overhyped tech-trends piece by a documentarian pushing a movie at...
The 21st Century has seen some of the most amazing technological developments.  The birth of these many new technologies has allowed us to be connected with groups and individuals worldwide, even those we might have never met.  The light side of the new technology is that it allows for continued contact with others; friends & family...
What was your first thought when you saw this photograph?  Did you wonder, “What happened?”  Did you make certain assumptions or guesses?  This is a photograph of my face after I tripped and fell on the sidewalk in Philadelphia where I live.  I can assure you it gave me new meaning to the expression, “Falling...
Pinocchio by Enrico Mazzanti (1883)
I was talking about behavior interventions with a group of host-home providers for adults with disabilities. I was explaining how we can change behavior by ignoring the undesired behavior, and rewarding or reinforcing the desired behavior, and especially about the ethics of doing so. Even disabled people are free to choose how they will be,...
Photo from German Federal Archives.
This is the first in a series of four articles that will explore Tom Greening’s (1992) Existential Challenges and Responses. I will explore one existential challenge in each article with the intent of contextualizing that challenge to contemporary issues through a personal lens. My aim is to demonstrate that existential concerns are cross-cultural...