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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Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Community: from the Latin communis, meaning common, public, general, shared by all or many. Phenomenological psychology as expressed by Maurice Merleau-Ponty is an exploration intended to illuminate the shared psychological meanings and structures that we live pre-reflectively in daily experience. He offers an elegant example at the beginning of...
Recently, Dr. Marsha Linehan stepped forward publically as being a survivor of terrible schizophrenic episodes. The story of her decent into the lived experience of psychological, physical and spiritual pain, and her her life saving rise out of the darkness was featured in the June 23rd issue of the New York Times. Why did she ultimately...
A must-read article at Mother Jones describes the existential condition of the new global workers: college educated Indian call center employees. Never before in history have people lived and worked the way they do. Because call center companies don’t trust India’s infrastructure, they operate in walled cities of their own (...
Shortly after becoming an existential therapist, Bob Edelstein remembers having a conversation with Rollo May. “I asked if one could be both existential and spiritual.  He responded that it was essential to be both.” Edelstein recounts that story in his recent review of Kirk Schneider’s book Awakening to Awe, and it...
We all want to be happy. There is a growing body of research on happiness and the positive effects it can have on personal well-being. The self-help industry is fueled by the personal goal of being happy and the practice of positive psychology encourages the growth of personal happiness.   But beware the happiness hype.  Happiness might...

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