It matters that people have a way to use the latest findings in psychology beyond buying a pill for depression. It matters that people have a way of looking at their lives that lets them ask the big questions and determine how they want to live – and that this is supported by therapists and mental health professionals.

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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...
Everybody dies. Many people have tried not to, but nobody has so far succeeded in ultimately defeating death.  Every single human being ever born must face death. This is a scary fact.  People will do all sorts of things to escape it, believing death to be unfaceable.  Much of world religion can be seen as a way to protect us from...
When history looks back on the twenty-teens, I think this will be remembered as a decade of peaceful revolution. The Tea Party have become activists for human government. Whether you agree with them or not, and whether you see their purpose being subverted by corporate greed or not, theirs began as a social movement. The Arab Spring in the Middle...
We exist on a middle scale.  This means when we look down in scale, there are things much smaller than us and, if we look up in scale, there are things much larger. It is easy to think the middle scale represents reality and that these other scales are simple distractions, unimportant, and strange.  But is the middle scale really that...
You are not reading these words right now.  In fact, you read them a fraction of a second ago and are just now catching up consciously to what your brain did subconsciously.  In fact, your eyes are not even pointing exactly where you think they are – they are just a little bit ahead of you on the page. We live a fraction of a...
We can look at the self as a divided self.  Studies of people with split brains show how easy this is; when the corpus callosum is severed, each half of the brain acts as sort of an individual human.  You can even remove an entire hemisphere and be left with a functional person. There are many ways of dividing the brain and mind. ...
What is the sound of one hand clapping? This is the stereotyped question that keys us into a contemplative process.  Zen teachers use such paradoxical questions to lead students into contemplative states in which it is possible to become comfortable with ambiguity.  Reflecting on things that are logically impossible opens up the mind to...