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A recent article in the Sunday New York Times Style section discussed the issue of sleepless middle-aged women.  The piece, entitled,  “Mother’s New Little Helper—What gets many women through stressful days?  A little pill they take at night” was a little misleading.  Yes, it’s true that the use of...
The new vogue within the American Psychological Association has been to encourage a greater awareness of the ways that psychology can be elevated to a more international status. The Existential-Humanistic position is in agreement with this effort, but offers a totally different take on what that means.  Most psychologists, especially those...
This is the last two lines to the first chapter of the Tao Te Ching.  Perhaps you’ve heard of the famous first line - The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.  Here is the entire first chapter:   The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The unnamable is the...
I turned a year older this month. And as a good existentialist, naturally thoughts of my birth lead inexorably to thoughts of my life and my death. What does it mean now to have a birthday? A few years back, instead of wishing a dear friend from high school Happy Birthday, I chose to wish him Happy Being-in-the-World Day, since he is a professor...
Note: this is a previuosly unpublished adaptation of a presentation originally made as part of a panel, Ethics of Alterity: Implications of Levinas for Psychotherapy, at the Third Annual Conference on Counseling and Spirituality: Trends, Traditions and Ethics, Gannon University, Erie, PA, September 22-23, 2000. I decided to include it after...

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