Posts tagged with the category Key Concepts
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...
So You Believe You Are Humanistic? Review of Bloodstains by Jeff Mudgett
Imagine facing the most challenging client on earth. It could be a rapist, murderer, or both in one. What about a serial killer? Do you think you could still uphold the humanistic-existential values, knowing the serial killer is a pathological liar, manipulative, and a sociopath who cruelly inflicted torture on his victims as subjects for...
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...
Gordon Allport’s Narrative Approach to Personality
Gordon Willard Allport combined methodological, theoretical, and pedagogical approaches: rigorous experimental and quantitative research and qualitative means of data collection and analysis. Allport’s interest in the entire life and the whole personality marked the historical emergence of the narrative approach in psychology (Allport, 1942...
Worth Dying For
The world is changing.
If you want to survive in the modern world, you have to be leaner, sharper, colder. You have to cut back on love and empathy and focus more on the bottom line.
Don't get me wrong: I love your idealism. I just think you need to be more realistic. Look, so you've got this great mission and all, but look at it this way...
Learning to Live With Ambiguity
Writing in the Pacific Standard, Jerry Adler suggests that research psychology—like most branches of experimental science right now—is facing a crisis. Poorly proofed journals, unreproducible results, questionable statistical models …
It leads him to ask the headlining question: “Can Social Scientists Save Themselves?...