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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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...
At this time of year I wonder how many Americans reflect very deeply, if at all, about the meaning of Thanksgiving. Of course, as a national holiday most of us likely have at least a vague understanding of it as a commemoration of the meal shared between the pilgrims and Native Americans. Beyond this, I’m sure that for many it provides a...
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...
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...

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