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Existential Roundup

12/26/2014
Existential Roundup
Welcome to the Existential Roundup, where we bring you links to some articles currently trending that may be of interest to those in the existential-humanistic psychology community. As the year draws to a close, these year-end list do as well. To end this year on a high note, we would like to look back on some of our must-read blogs, in case you have missed them. Use the quiet days as 2014 winds down to read instead of shop the pseudo-post-Christmas “bargains.” Again, without further ado, and again, with the hope that readers will start contributing their own so that this list...

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When "We" Know Better Than "You"

12/22/2014
When "We" Know Better Than "You"
In the long run, debate tactics can be as dangerous as bullets. Reading the arguments in America’s ongoing culture war, I am increasingly reminded of George Orwell, who condemned those who “speak in slogans and think in bullets.” The latest culture war debate tactic among those smart enough to come up with it but not wise enough to know betters, is the claim that you don’t really believe what you believe. You only believe it because you can’t help yourself. We see this all the time in articles in the popular press with headlines like “The Neuroscience of...

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Existential Roundup

12/19/2014
Existential Roundup
Welcome to the Existential Roundup, where we bring you links to some articles currently trending that may be of interest to those in the existential-humanistic psychology community. It’s the time of year for parties and buffets, and overindulging in nibbly bites. Well, this week we bring to you the kind of smorgasbord that doesn’t put on the pounds, so indulge all you like on this odd collection of stories from the recent media. In Questions for Grandfather’s Psychiatrist, tempting headline if ever there was one, we find another tasty morsel from The New York Times’...

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Stigma Continued...

12/18/2014
Stigma Continued...
Last week, I wrote about how even in death, social stigmas are alive and well. Since writing that piece, I’ve seen how death and dying—one of the two existential givens of human existence—are ripe for stigmatization when something goes wrong, such as psychological distress, or a plague like this current Ebola crisis. Today I attended a conference at the United Nations entitled “Eradicating the Ebola Epidemic: Psychosocial Contributions to Combat Stigma and Promote Wellbeing, Mental Health and Resilience: Policies and Practices to Protect the Global Community.”...

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Celebrating Christmas: Incarnation and the Gift of Empathy

12/17/2014
Celebrating Christmas: Incarnation and the Gift of Empathy
In the midst of holiday busyness and stress, getting the Christmas tree, decorating the house, shopping for gifts, trying to survive the end of the year, etc., I would guess that many of us may find ourselves wondering what this is really all about. What is it all for? What exactly is it that we are celebrating? On the one hand, if we’re being honest I think we must acknowledge that among other things, as a society, we are perhaps first and foremost celebrating American capitalism and consumerism, the mere spending and making of money. To be fair, and on a significantly deeper level,...

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Creativity

Adventures in Creativity: A Venture, A Block and A Breakthrough

12/16/2014

by Linda Riebel

Last year, I boldly went where I had never gone before. In the beloved tragic French opera /Carmen,/ there is a gorgeous instrumental melody in the overture to Act III, an air that appears nowhere else in the opera. I wondered, Why has it never been given words and made into a song of its own? As my tenth wedding anniversary approached, I did exactly that as a surprise gift to my opera-loving husband.

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The Cost of Poverty

12/16/2014
The Cost of Poverty
It's quite expensive to be poor in the United States. I was driving along a minor arterial in a poor part of town. I could tell it was poor because it was grimy and the buildings were old and poorly used. People used the sidewalks there, the sort of people who can't afford different outfits for work and home and are therefore dressed in oil-stained denim, the sort of people whose fast-food jobs give them uniforms to wear. There was a motel, named Motor Court or something else with a fancy 50's flare. It was old, run-down. The sign outside had a daily rate and a weekly rate. I...

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Henry Murray’s Personology

12/15/2014
Henry Murray’s Personology
Explorations in Personality In Henry A. Murray’s Explorations in Personality (1938), dedicated to Morton Prince, Sigmund Freud, Lawrence Henderson, Alfred N. Whitehead, and Carl G. Jung, he asked: What propels man? With what environmental objects and institutions does he interact and how? What occurrences in his body are most influentially involved? What mutually dependent processes participate in his differentiation and development? What courses of events determine his pleasures and displeasures? And, finally, by what means can he be intentionally transformed? (p. 3) Murray’s...

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Existential Roundup

12/12/2014
Existential Roundup
Welcome to the Existential Roundup, where we bring you links to some articles currently trending that may be of interest to those in the existential-humanistic psychology community. Continuing the theme of the holiday and end-of-year season, I am providing yet another list—this time one of books that came out in 2014 with existential themes that I’m dying to read in 2015 (since of course there was no time to read them this year). Again, without further ado, and again, with the hope that readers will start contributing their own so that this list will grow: Existential Books from...

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Stigma and Dignity

12/11/2014
Stigma and Dignity
When I teach my Psych 101 and MCAT Psych/Soc students about the concept of social stigmas, often they are surprised to hear that it still exists in this country around the idea of seeking help for mental distress. Maybe it’s because I teach in urban settings or maybe because students applying to medical schools come in with a certain sense of elitism. Whatever the reason, it’s easy to forget how much social stigma still exists even in the United States around mental illness. And I use that phrase—one that I often prefer not to use—purposely, as it applies directly to a...

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