Posts tagged with the category Key Concepts
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...
A Self-Indulgent Lent
When did giving up something for Lent turn into something self-serving? As a child, it was drilled into me through my Catholic upbringing that Lent was about giving up something valuable to us, so that we may appreciate the sacrifices of Christ during his 40 days and nights in the desert. So we would abstain from chocolate or candy, or give our...
Optimistic Mortality, My Own Life and Oliver Sacks
Today’s The New York Times bore out some sad news, at least to me. Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, announced he has terminal liver cancer (Sacks, 2015). In his announcement, he followed the lead of his favorite philosopher, David Hume, in the examination of his life. Even in...
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...
Allan Combs and Stanley Krippner on Human Development
Developmental psychology, primarily the history of child psychology and education, broadened to include theories of the stages of life and the lifespan, acknowledges a linear concept of growth, omitting a nonlinear axis representing self-actualization, which can occur at any stage in one’s development. Self-actualization is a life-long...
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...
Jesus the Existentialist, or How to Entertain Yourself through Father Ray’s Homilies
This Sunday was a typical one. I entered church with our five children, knelt down and attempted to pray while the two youngest squabbled over who sat in what place on the pew. When the Mass began, I listened to the first reading and was struck by the ending line. The reading was from Job 7:1-7. It was all about the drudgery of life and the final...
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...