Posts tagged with the category 21st century life
Grumpy Girls, Ghosts, Granddad, and Grief
Listening to the Gospel Sunday was a difficult experience. I had an adolescent girl on hormones. Concentration was made more challenging when my pubescent daughter began crying because her socks did not match her dress. Unlike Jesus, my daughter does not wear white, as it becomes an invitation for her clothes to be used as a canvas with chocolate...
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World: A Review
Just in case you value such things, spoiler alert. Although what I have to say shouldn't actually come as much of a surprise.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is an end-of-the-world movie in which the world actually ends.
There are actually a number of complicated love stories in this romantic comedy about the end of times. In the...
Recovering the Value of Valuing People: Validating Affirmation as the Source of a Meaningful Existence
When I think about the most important and influential moments or experiences in my life I realize that most if not all share a core, underlying feature in terms of either an absence or presence of perceived value. The moments in which I have felt most fully alive are those in which I have directly and powerfully sensed my personal value and worth...
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.
The New York Times article "When Grief Won’t Relent" discusses the difference between typical grief from the loss of a loved one and when it crosses...
I Will Always Find You: The Homing of Human Connection
In Chicago, as is usual for this time of year, winter’s clutch is still a tight fist. Yet, the blue of the sky is creeping into the jewel tones. This very morning I caught with deep satisfaction my first glimpse of a flock of wild geese arrowing unerringly and urgently northward toward their home, the location of which was known clearly only...
Emotional Distress and Diagnosis: Word on the Street
“Once you have that label it doesn’t stay at the clinic. You carry it with you for a long time.”
“We need to encourage people to speak more public [sic] about the topic of mental illness and alternatives to medication and treatment.”
“When I finally got labeled ‘depressed,’ I was relieved. It helped...
The Existentialist Explanation of Lent or, Why Catholics Don’t Wash Their Faces on Ash Wednesday
Blow the trumpet in Zion!
proclaim a fast,
call an assembly;
Gather the people,
notify the congregation;
Assemble the elders,
gather the children
and the infants at the breast;
Let the bridegroom quit his room
and the bride her chamber.
Between the porch and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep,
And say, “Spare, O LORD...
Black Lives Don't Matter—But They Should
They put up a community board, sort of a Facebook in meatspace. They started us off with some posters: Black Lives Matter proclaimed one, the heading over a portrait of Michael Brown. Black Lives Matter proclaimed a second, over 12 portraits in rows of four, columns of three, all people of color killed by police.
Most of the sentiment over the...
Maybe It's Us?
What if we’re completely wrong about the reason America suffers from an epidemic of mass shootings?
That’s the powerful question recently asked by the psychiatrist Joseph Pierre in Aeon magazine.
(W)hat if the reality is that the underlying cause of mass murder lies not in something external to ourselves, but rather something at the...
The Platinum Rule, Religion, and Psychotherapy
My wife, Angie, served on the Executive Board of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions from 2002 to 2010, the first Pagan to be appointed to a leadership position in that prestigious interfaith organization. I served as an Ambassador for the Parliament for their event held in Melbourne, Australia in 2009.
Though we certainly...
I recently took my son to see Selma. There was no school because of the weather, so it seemed like a history lesson was in order.
Oyelowo was brilliant as Martin Luther King, Jr.. A sensitive performance, nuanced. Fear in his eyes at just the right moment, to just the right degree. Not a film for the faint-hearted, at times brutal and shocking. My...
The Creative Landscape of Aging: A Book by Judith Zausner
I could introduce this book by telling you it was written by a dear friend, I know some of the individuals interviewed, and I wrote the Forward—but I’d rather tell you it is inspiring reading for anyone who is interested in aging, creativity, and self-expression.
A central theme of Judith Zausner’s career has been creativity. Her...