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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One hundred and fifty years ago Soren Kierkegaard emerged as a significant critic of the developing “Great Awakening” sweeping Europe and North America.  A philosopher and theologian, Kierkegaard was deeply disturbed by the growing influence of evidence-based or ‘provable’ science over religion and culture. ...
It’s as vital as a morning cup of coffee….It’s the lifeblood of relationships. And, studies say, it’s quickly becoming extinct where we need it most. Empathy and philanthropy are becoming a thing of the past concludes a new study in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science. The culprit? Class distinctions...
“Husserlian phenomenology, in its search for meanings, is guided by respect for the given.”  -Jitendranath Mohanty Practicing phenomenological psychology, whether as a researcher or as a clinician, means learning a craft. Its raw materials are the descriptions given to us by interview participants—or, if we are...
We were sitting in a cramped, cold classroom in Chengdu in western China, struggling to be of use, when one of our Chinese hosts said, “Psychology is dogshit.” Each year, a small group of students and professors of psychology visit China to talk about psychology and religion, existential psychology, and Chinese indigenous psychologies...
"John" came to psychotherapy complaining of anxiety, dark moods, and difficulty connecting with others. A slight man, John wore glasses and made little eye contact with me in our our first meeting; when he did make eye contact though, I could not help but notice that he squinted, as if straining to see me. He quickly detailed a laundry...

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