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Years of working with adults with developmental disabilities have left me with questions regarding the meaning and meaningfulness of the lives of people who experience high levels of mental retardation. I mean something different here from purpose.  What a divine entity might mean for these people must remain a question beyond my ability to...
I think I “have” Asperger’s disorder. The “have” is in quotes because I’m not certain what it means to “have” it. If you have pneumonia, you just have it. There are bacteria in your lungs which are detectable and eradicable. You can go from having it to not having it to having it again, and each...
In the titular movie, Beatrix Kiddo awakens after several years in a coma brought on by the treacherous actions of Bill, her former boss and lover and father to her child.  Both she and her child are presumed comfortably dead by Bill and his employees, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. But Kiddo is no longer dead.  She rises from her...
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...
It has been my privilege recently to watch people suffer. Allow me to say what I mean. Sitting with therapy clients, with students in group process, with hurt relatives, I have watched as people unveiled their selves. I have watched as they allowed their hurt to surface, as they cried in front of me, as they expressed the deep pain they had been...
Question: is someone good if they do good because they are forced to? Imagine I find a Bernie Madoff in the act of stealing millions. Imagine I force him at gunpoint to phone up his investors and come clean, and wire the money back. Would this hypothetical Bernie then be a good, ethical business-person Imagine I find a person in the act of killing...
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...
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...
Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” is about an iconoclast (Roark), a man with a vision and the character to see that vision manifest in the world.  Along the way, he is beaten down and tormented by “second-handers” who not only mock his vision but sue him for ineptitude and steal his company. In the end, this...