Author: Makenna Berry

Riding a Harley-DavidsonãA –Vehicle” to Existential Joy?


What relationship does the experience of riding Harley Davidson-Motorcycles have to existentialism? A first response may be “Nothing!” Riding a Harley is a leisure activity—it is not related to existentialist philosophy or psychology at all. Because I have conducted extensive research on the meaning of riding a Harley for those who own them, I wondered… Read more »

A diagnosis of “gender identity disorder” or “authenticity?”


The DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for GID is: A strong and persistent cross-bender identification (not merely a desire for any perceived cultural advantages of being the other sex). Persistent discomfort with his or her sex or sense of inappropriateness in the gender role of that that sex. The disturbance is not concurrent with the physical intersex… Read more »

What does it mean to “recover” from a mental health issue?


Photo by Portland Prevention (Creative Commons licence) Recovery is: “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” This is the new working definition of recovery that was co-created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the… Read more »

Are you a “thou” or an “it”?


Martin Buber says you’re a Thou “I believe that the key to creating society that is nourishing, empowering and healing for everyone lies in how we relate to one another.” — Martin Buber, an Austrian born Jewish philosopher I came across his work early in my studies of existentialism and existential psychology. Buber’s philosophy was genuine… Read more »

We are we lonely around the holidays? Because we’re lonely all the time.


Photo by Steve Hopson (Creative Commons License) The holidays are here, as if you have not noticed the cheery songs singing of happiness, joy, presents and Santa Claus. This is time when many people are planning trips to visit family and putting together plans for some food and drink filled celebrations. Even during this time… Read more »