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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...
Every day, there is a little less of me.  I literally do not exist now as much as one year ago.  I have lost an average of a pound every five days for months and thrown out two wardrobes because they have grown too large. Losing weight presents a number of challenges, existentially speaking.  The first is the challenge between food...
 I never thought I would hear myself say this, but I am now totally grateful for all the hours I have spent watching episodes of “Bob the Builder” on television and DVD with my nephews when they were little. Who is “Bob the Builder,” you ask? Well, you can only ask that question if you haven’t raised or been...
There is no escaping the national and global significance of the Occupy movements in New York, Oakland, and elsewhere. This is especially true for those of us who encounter Occupy events daily as witnesses or participants. Politico recently reported that since the advent of Occupy Wall Street there has been a dramatic spike in the use of the...
The latest 5 car pileup on the information superhighway is a column called “If I was a poor black kid.”  Naturally it’s written by a white, middle-aged, technology reporter for Forbes, because … well, of course.  It’s advice from writer Gene Marks on how urban poor minority juveniles can use technology to...
The holidays are here, as if you have not noticed the cheery songs singing of happiness, joy, presents and Santa Claus. This is time when many people are planning trips to visit family and putting together plans for some food and drink filled celebrations. Even during this time of gatherings with families or families of choice, there those who of...
Does the fear of death, your death, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, influence your political and community decisions? It may, according to a theory that has renewed interest in our very uncertain times. Terror management theory was introduced in 1973 by anthropologist Ernest Becker. In his book The Denial of Death, he suggested that all...