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Self-promotion often gets a bad rap, and for good reason. Most people have experienced individuals who frequently self-aggrandize and promote themselves. These individuals often are dismissed as narcissistic and self-centered. When analyzing these self-promoters, even the armchair analyst knows that it is common for this to be an attempt to cover...
We know the internet has changed the way we shop, socialize, and schedule – but how is it changing our sense of human potential. When we dream of who we might be in a networked world, what are we dreaming about? According to Dana Klisanin, Executive Director of Evolutionary Guidance Media Research & Design, society has focused on the...
How does one move into the acceptance of death, when hope has been the sustaining force of life? The question is upon me at this moment after hearing the news that someone close to my heart, in years and shared existence, has been told that her cancer is incurable and nothing more can be done. This woman, otherwise young and vital through every...
Every relationship ends.  We grow apart, we lose touch, tragedy strikes; even in the most hopeful circumstances, one person must outlive the other.  Our losses compound and sometimes it gets difficult to engage in new relationships.  If a loss is especially traumatic and there is nobody to understand and nurture, in fact it becomes...
Dr. Louis Hoffman recently published a book, Existential Psychology: East-West, is a collection of articles written by leading scholars of Existential psychology. I was drawn to one particular chapter titled “An Existential Analysis of American Beauty” by Cathy Calvert, Kate Calhoon, Steve Fehl, and Christen Gregory. Briefly, the film...
Isms are dangerous things when used thoughtlessly.  The most obviously dangerous is racism: advocating for the rights of one group over another, with corresponding denigration of those not belonging to the racist group. It is easy to point to American racism, typically white-on-black hate so endemic to parts of our culture.  It is...
At this time of year I wonder how many Americans reflect very deeply, if at all, about the meaning of Thanksgiving. Of course, as a national holiday most of us likely have at least a vague understanding of it as a commemoration of the meal shared between the pilgrims and Native Americans. Beyond this, I’m sure that for many it provides a...
Over the past few years most of us have heard the study results indicating that children laugh much more than adults; some of the discussions place the disparity as high as 300 times per day for children as compared with 15-20 times per day for adults. Whether or not there is significant research to support these outcomes, one thing is certainly...
“Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.” – Author Unknown I came across this diagram some time ago. When I saw it I laughed of course but deep down knew that this was an image portraying a hard truth. Worry and anxiety can consume so much of our energy. I can’t even imagine the amount of time and energy that I...
This past Friday I did something I have never done before, I attended a protest meeting.  Now, it was an organizational meeting and we didn’t actually get out on the street, but I stepped outside my comfort zone, and connected with a group of people I didn’t know for a cause from which I have nothing to gain.  You see this is...
“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with a**holes” ~William Gibson I came across this quote the other day. It made me think of the times I would have sessions with a few of my clients during my internship. A few were in what I would...
“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” Every American school boy or girl learns the famous words of Patrick Henry at some point in their young lives. America is...