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A friend of mine recently started taking horseback riding lessons. I love watching her ride and seeing the unadulterated joy radiate from her when she is in the saddle. I recognize that feeling of exhilaration and freedom that comes from being atop a 1,000-pound animal, and the sense of wonder that they allow us to partner with them in this way. I...
Last week, my husband’s daughter was forced to face a number of truths she never expected to learn. Her best friend, Chris, was killed tragically when a young driver in an SUV accidentally backed over him while he was riding his wheelchair on the sidewalk near a restaurant. The young driver did not even know he had Chris trapped under the...
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This essay is the first of two, comprising an article that will be concluded in my next contribution to the New Existentialists. In my Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy courses, upon encountering concepts of existential philosophy and psychology for the first time, some of my more religious students become ensnared in and troubled by their...
The first World Congress on Existential Psychology is coming up, in London, England. The editor oft New Existentialists, a certain Sarah Kass, has made sure our blog and our writers are represented there. Our topic of conversation: existentialism, writing, and activism. I feel out of place helping to represent the cause or representing causes. All...
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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...
“Life ceases to be problematic when it is understood that the ego is a social fiction.” -- Watts, 1961, pp. 95-96 Because the general orientation of Western psychology has been toward the observation, categorization, and alteration of observable behavior, this has led to a therapeutic attitude limited to the diagnosis and treatment of...
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,...
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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...