Posts tagged with the category Sarah Kass
Children and the Apocalypse
Last week, I took my nine-year-old nephew to see the movie Paranorman, a film describing the adventures of young kid, often picked on by the school bullies, who is called to save the town from both zombies and a witch—actually a young girl, also an outcast, who was mistakenly burned as a witch hundreds of years earlier.
The film was good enough,...
I have a confession to make. I am occasionally prone to outbursts of anger.
Now some of you may be shocked and appalled, while others of you share my pain, and still others might say that’s no big deal—depending on your personal experiences with anger and rage.
I would be much more accepting of my anger if I felt it was actually productive and...
In July 2012, Kirk Schneider gave a presentation in Brooklyn, NY, on creating a toolkit for cultivating experiences of awe. The presentation stemmed from two of his books,
The Tragedy of Meaning
In the light of massive tragedies, such as last Friday morning’s terrible shooting spree in Aurora, CO, leaving 12 dead and another 58 wounded, we are always asking, “Why?”
Why did this happen?
Why did he do it?
Why in this way at this time?
The accused shooter, James Holmes, appeared in court today, with bright orange hair and said nothing. The...
The Tragedy of Preconceived Notions
Among the top stories in the New York City area during the past two weeks has been the tragic death of a 12-year-old boy who was sent home from the emergency room with a fever and and rapid heart rate before his blood tests came back revealing a bacterial infection—sepsis—that killed him three days later.
This was all following a cut the boy,...
None of Your Busy-ness!
Tim Kreider’s (2012) recent article in The New York Times’s Opinionator section entitled “The Busy Trap” really struck a chord with me. Not so much because I am juggling a lot of different projects at the moment, but rather because I heard the voices of so many people with whom I come into contact these days.
I have come to truly despise the...
Community for the 21st Century
The word “community,” and the phrases “building community” or “creating community” are constantly bandied about in our 21st century Western life, but this “community” often feels very different from our forebearers’ notion.
In the past, and even now, in some places, community existed within the clearly defined boundaries of physical or...
Exercising the Freedom to Choose—For Better or Worse
If you live in New York City, pay attention to New York City news, or even watch, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart you may have heard about Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to make the selling of large size (more than 16 ounce) sugary beverages illegal, and subject to a $200 fine. As Jon Stewart has pointed out on the air, this would be twice as...
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...
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...
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...
Put On Your Sunday Clothes When You Feel Down And Out
We’ve all heard the saying that “Clothes make the man” (or woman). Now, a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and then reported in The New York Times is adding credence to that phrase—in an embodied way.
The process, which the researchers Adam and Galinsky (2012) term “enclothed cognition,” was described as follows...