Author: Eugene Taylor

Sunyata: Transcending the Stream


Photo by Susan Gordon. Dedicated to Eugene Taylor, Ph.D., who would have celebrated his 67th birthday today, October 28, 2013. Within the framework of personality and consciousness understood by existential-humanistic and transpersonal psychologists, and non-Western epistemology (Berdyaev, 1944, 1951; James, 1902; Jung, 1933; Maslow, 1966, 1970, 1971; May, Engel, & Ellenberger, 1958; Taylor, 1978, Watts,… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: An Introduction


Editors’ Note: This series is dedicated to memory of Dr. Eugene Taylor, a founding member of the New Existentialists, whose inspiration and superior scholarship will serve as a beacon for current and future existential psychologists. Existential psychology is experiencing a resurgence in recent years, as marked by numerous new publications (Cooper, 2003; Mendelowitz, 2008; Schneider,… Read more »

Eugene Taylor, leading thinker in Existential psychology, has passed away


Saybrook University, with deep sadness, is announcing today the death of Dr. Eugene Taylor, a noted scholar and 20-year member of our executive faculty. “We are sorry to see Eugene go,” said Mark Schulman, President of Saybrook University, “He was a scholar and a teacher respected by all with whom he came in contact. He is, truly, irreplacable.”… Read more »

How –Detachment” Has Pathologized People Who Need Relationships


ALTRUISM AND INNER PEACE We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives in which we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason it is… Read more »

You cannot cure a broken heart with a paper-and-pencil test


In September of 2011 Time Magazine interviewed outspoken cognitive therapist Allan Kazdin, a former President of the American Psychological Association.  In the interview, Kazdin calls for the end of individualized treatments in psychotherapy — even if people want them — in favor of standarized treatments.  New Existentialist Eugene Taylor wrote a response, noting that Kazdin… Read more »

There are good and bad ways to “internationalize” psychology


Photo by Jebulon (Creative Commons License) 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,… Read more »

The New Jung Scholarship: Shot in the Dark? Or a Genuine Renaissance?


Photos of Jung’s Red Book courtesy of the New York Times One doubts that the Collected Works of Carl Jung have ever been on display at a book exhibit during the annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, while Freud’s books have always and still continue to appear all over the place in that venue…. Read more »