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Photograph by Steve Ryan.
I find it ironic that the day I was asked to interview for an internship with a women’s homeless work program, I was also notified that our lease was not going to be renewed. I am now homeless too. I can go to my interview and say, with all honesty, I know how the clients of the program feel. I currently face the dilemma of finding...
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. This week, we will explore social media and psychology. Technology and social media certainly have advantages. They allow us to stay connected with friends and loved...
Miryam and Dad.
Dad, I would like to say a few words on this occasion of your 90th birthday. Tolstoy begins his great novel Anna Karenina with this famous opening line: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” A couple of sentences you could spend a lifetime pondering without quite figuring it out. Still, I think...
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of learning how other species cope with difficult births. I also had to learn that even goats can suffer trauma. They can also be resentful if they think they have had their options removed. My goat, Honey, labored for several hours while making it loudly known to my whole family (and probably the entire...
Vincenzo Busciolano's Das Neueste vom Tage.
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. Care for aging baby boomers is the subject of this week’s Existential Roundup. We begin with a news story that caught my eye and made me scratch my head. A man,...
Photo by Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center.
Muzafer Sherif in the 1950s and again in the1960s demonstrated that contact is the cure for bigotry. He introduced artificial bigotry between two groups of boys by segregating them and having them compete against one another; he then erased the bigotry by having them work together to solve a common problem. The United States has been struggling...
At the recent Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference in Chicago, Theopia Jackson’s keynote speech challenged the Humanistic Psychology community to wake up to the realities of their privileges. It was a heartfelt plea to honor not only the multiculturalism and diversity of the clients that we serve, but also within the community itself...
Last week a strange thing happened on Facebook. I had a request for a friend to be tagged on an old picture in Facebook. I knew this friend was not on my list of friends, and had not been on Facebook for a long time. I had called but her number was out of order. Her picture was one I had posted a while ago when I discovered it, so I approved the...
A synagogue burning on Kristallnacht, 1938.
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. Anti-Semitism is rearing its ugly head in Europe again, and it is reaching levels that parallel to 1930’s Europe. The reasons may be less obvious than one thinks...
Illustration by Matthieu James.
My son has a funny way of throwing off my sense of reality. He came to me and asked, “Mom, do you remember April 28, 2015?” I thought for a few seconds, until it finally hit me that April 28, 2015 has not yet happened. I still don’t quite know what Liam meant but, whatever it was, he was very excited about it. Liam and his autism...
For years multiculturalism and diversity has been a passion of mine. As a person of privilege, I have experienced the resistance to multiculturalism and diversity in myself and others, and have become deeply interested in the process of helping people acknowledge and overcome their prejudices and racism. Part of the challenge is that there is no...
Photo by Toby Hudson.
"Likewise, I have always insisted on justice for all the world over, because justice is indivisible."  --King, 1998 This quote is part of a piece on the Vietnam War. It's a difficult piece. King has trouble reconciling opposition to the war with the civil rights movement. For me, it's perfectly clear. Pacifism seems a...