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Now that the holiday of Passover is over, and I have eaten foods that were forbidden for the eight days of the holidays, thus satisfying my leavening-deprived body (if a body can actually suffer leavening deprivation), I am in a much better position to reflect on why, once again, I chose to endure this torture. The author Jonathan Safran Foer (...
A major tenet of existentialism is we create our lives through our values, choices, and actions. Certainly, no one would say this is an “easy” task during any time period. European Existentialists of the 1940s and 1950s, such as Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, and Frankl, formed their philosophies with World War II as a backdrop—when...
Did you know we’re running out of neurotics? According to an essay in the New York Times, “one modern American type is slipping into the past without a rattle or even its familiar whimper – the neurotic.” The problem, though, isn’t that there are too few neurotics in the 21st century: it’s that there are too...
I’ve always maintained that one of the best things (saving graces) about Facebook is that it allows us to get in touch with long-lost friends—friends from elementary school, summer camp, high school—with whom we have lost touch and when you reconnect it often feels as if no time has passed (although in some cases, after we get...
Mark Shields and David Brooks awarded the first ever Prize for Civility in Public Life from Allegheny College Over the last year, I have become a big fan of the PBS Newshour’s conversation with Brooks and Shields each Friday evening.  What has drawn me to this segment each week is the calm, thoughtful manner in which these two men...
A number of us including Dr. Louis Hoffman and Dr. Jason Dias, members of the New Existentialists, have been travelling into China and Hong Kong to promote East-West dialogue in the area of Existential Psychology.  This has been a very rewarding endeavor and we have invited others, including Dr. Erik Craig to join us in this mission....
Is constant immersion in digital technology changing kids’ brains for better or for worse? A recent Pew poll of experts that is now getting a lot of media attention determined that: 55% of people polled thing it’s for the better, and 43% think it’s for worse. Well, gee, that was helpful. The inconclusive results aside, is just...
Simply stated, it is difficult to live intentionally in our frenzied, fast-paced, entertainment-driven culture. This is neither a wise statement nor a shocking revelation. Most of us are aware of this frustrating truth to some extent, whether it is perceived as deeply disturbing or as a relatively minor annoyance. However it is experienced, it is...
Fame is a dangerous drug. I should know. I wrote the book on it — or, rather, the book chapter. That chapter, “Ready for the Close-up: Celebrity experience and the phenomenology of fame,” describes the dead-end cycle of fame’s merry-go-round through first-hand reports of celebrity experience in the book Film and Television...
Diversity is an issue among existential psychologists.  We tend to believe we are above the fray because we try to accept each person in an holistic manner.  We don’t always care about the labels or make the first move in talking about diversity.  Becoming more sensitive about the treatment of “minorities” in our...
There are basically two statements that sum up the Supreme Court ruling on the Citizens United case.  1.  Corporations have the same rights as American Citizens.  2.  Money is the same thing as speech. If a corporation has the same rights as you or I, and I have the right to say whatever I want in the political process, then a...
It is drummed into us beginning in grade school, that famous line from the Declaration of Independence, the document that started the bloody revolution that is America: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable right.  Our patients have heard this...