Posts tagged with the category Key Concepts
Report from the Second International Conference on Existential Psychology
The Second International Conference on Existential Psychology (ICEP), at Fudan University in Shanghai, China from May 24-27, 2012, was once again a great success as gauged by the number of people in attendance and the enthusiasm of the conference. The interest in the conference quickly outgrew the venue, which could only hold 300 people in the...
It happens so quickly.
One minute, your life is going along smooth and easy and the next, you are looking around at the wreckage of what used to be your life.
In an instant, your life has radically changed and you're left with a pile of rubble, trying to pick through what's left and salvage the little bit you can.
The shattering event...
Our Music Is Getting Sadder. What Does That Say About Us?
If you get depressed when you turn on the radio, it could be the news – or it could be the music.
According to new research, pop music has gotten significantly sadder over the last half-century. That’s measured in terms of tempo (it’s gotten slower), key (minor keys have come to predominate), and subject matter (...
Relating Existentialism to Dharma to Help Traumatic Stress
If we accept an existential perspective, we probably also accept the premise that reality is subjective--that everything we perceive comes through the lenses of our experiences and senses, rather than as some ideal Platonic forms.
In a new essay now available to the New Existentialists' library, Daniel B. Pitchford and Jeannine A....
Reflective Listening: Rogers’ Paradox
There are few psychotherapeutic procedures as deeply misunderstood as reflective listening. Contrary to popular opinion in psychology, reflective listening is more than a parroting back of the client’s speech.
Writing of reflective listening late in his career, Carl Rogers claimed that his goal in responding to his clients was not to reflect their...
Happy Mental Health Month!
For those of you who didn’t know the month of May has been National Mental Health Month. And even if you did know about Mental Health Month, you may not know that we have been celebrating this since 1949. According to a press release from Kathleen Sibelius, Secretary for Health and Human Services:
Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to...
When I first read Greg Behrendt’s book “He’s Just Not That Into You,” one of the statements he made that stuck out for me (and with me) was his claim that “you are not the exception.” The logic is that men generally behave in a predictable way, and as much as we women like to make excuses, we should save ourselves the heartache and assume that if...
The most basic premise of existentialism is that we are all going to die eventually. No matter how much we may try to escape it or deny it, as Ernest Becker says, death will come for all of us.
In a recent post to a Society for Humanistic Psychology list serve, David Elkins discussed some of Becker’s work, saying that in some ways, Becker paints...
On Fragile Art and People
I am in a Shanghai art museum, looking at paintings that are hundreds of years old. So old, in fact, that even light damages them. But what good is art kept in the dark, out of view? Why preserve it if it will never be seen?
So these paintings hang behind leaded glass, under dim lights controlled by motion sensors. I see a darkened room that...
Cell Phone Therapy
Last fall, the Society for Existential Analysis in England held a conference on technology in psychology. My first thought when seeing the topic was that some presentations would address in some form the relationship of cell phones and texting to therapy.
Curiously, cell phone use did not make the cut in the conference presentation schedule. Given...
When Does Life Begin?
When does life begin? In the shadow of the President’s announced requirements concerning birth control, and the Republican’s awkward dance of being the most “pro-life” candidate, there is a renewed emphasis on the question, “when does life begin?” Is it at conception? Or, perhaps at a certain stage of development of the fetus? Maybe it is when the...
The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation ~ Thoreau
If you have eyes to see, you’ll see it everywhere. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear it. Most times, logging into Facebook provides an overwhelming dose of it.
It looks a lot like the person who can’t wait for the weekend.
It sounds like the person who walks into the office...