Posts tagged with the category 21st century life
The Cost of Activism/Self-Centered Activism
China, 2010. I’m in a hotel room with Mark Yang in Shanghai. I’m sleeping, he’s on the phone.
It the international existential humanistic conference, and I’m there as a speaker and listener prior to a few days detached to speak in Wuhan. Mark is my bunkmate to save costs. But he’s not just a speaker, but a combination...
Words That Count
Last week I wrote about my sense that these days there is a finite number of words, at least for me. What I’ve now noticed, in my growing awareness of words themselves and how they are being used and often, how many are being used, is the inefficiency with which they are being used.
Case in point. Kate Pierson of the B-52s has written and...
The psychiatric-industrial-complex keeps telling us that depression is best solved by pills, but every new advance in therapeutic treatments tell us otherwise. We just don’t hear about it as much because talk therapy doesn’t have a billion dollar advertising budget.
The newest exhibit comes courtesy of The New York Times, which reports...
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.
To continue the theme of the holiday season, for this week I give to you a list of my favorite holiday season existential movies. I have written in this space in the...
Words, Words, Words
Words, words, words!
I'm so sick of words
I get words all day through
First from him, now from you
Is that all you blighters can do? – Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady
I used to feel that words, that language, were an infinite resource. That no matter how many I used, there would always be more, even if I simply repeated some over and...
Out With the Old, In With the New
For those of you who do not follow the HBO series The Newsroom, penned by that most provocative of television writers, Aaron Sorkin, you have missed a most disturbing plot twist in the series’ final episodes that has actually made me lose sleep.
The series centers on the newsroom of the fictional 24-hour news channel, ACN, which is...
Quiet Voices of Change
No doubt, countless articles have already been written in the aftermath of the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown. No doubt, there are polarized opinions on whether this was the “right” decision. No doubt, the people of Ferguson are reeling from the impact of this decision. And soon, if...
Opening to Heartfulness: Gratitude and the Sacred
Last year, I was teaching a section of Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy and discussing with my students the topic of mysticism and personal experiences of the “sacred,” which I loosely define as that which is associated with authentic perception of beauty, feelings of awe, and the dawning of wordless profound wisdom that enriches...
What's With All the Slapping?
I was trying to find a story for a friend, a Zen koan about a master slapping his student. They were walking through a field and a flock of geese rose up, and the student commented how beautiful they were. Then the master slapped him, and he experienced a moment of satori. In that moment, he said, "They were always here!"
Empathy Blindness and the Joyless Life
I did something unusual as a graduate student of psychology. While all my colleagues were studying ways that people can become miserable, I was interested in what makes people joyful and happy. When I would tell my professors or colleagues that I wanted to study joy for my dissertation, a typical response was a belittling chuckle. But within the...
What Gives Your Job Meaning?
Those lucky enough to have jobs are spending more and more time at them—so it matters more than ever to our mental health and psychological well-being what makes people happy on the job.
A recent poll asked Americans what it is that makes them happy at work, and the answers aren’t really surprising to anyone with an existential bent.
Jack Benny, one of the 20th century’s greatest comedians to come out of the radio and Vaudeville circuit, was forever telling people who asked that he was 39.
Even when it was painfully clear he wasn’t. And everyone laughed at the joke every time.
And having just experienced/endured/gone through for the first of many times a birthday...