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Change in all things is sweet. – Aristotle As existentialists, we respect the givens that we are born into a human body and that we die, and that everything in between is up for grabs. Finitude and change. I love how these two elements are so beautifully symbolized as one in the Death card in the Tarot. My first experience with the Tarot was...
Recently, my Human Development class arrived at the logical conclusion of the lifespan: death. Fitting that it comes last and we get to contemplate the finality of existence just before taking the final exam and parting ways forever. I don’t teach any higher-level courses at this school and so our association is ended here. It is doubly...
Photo by Jesus Solana.
Agency power withdrawal. Americans are increasingly enraptured with the right to die movement. Kevorkian did his time for assisting suicides, and we overwhelmingly think his actions were righteous. More recently, a brain cancer patient elected suicide after her wedding. That term, no fewer than a dozen of my students did tearful presentations on...
Watts 1965. Photo by New York World-Telegram.
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 examine the dynamics of social unrest, the factors that contribute to it, and the solutions some governments use that may help or hinder the problem...
Photo by Dirk Vorderstraße.
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...
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...
Photo by Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center.
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...
A synagogue burning on Kristallnacht, 1938.
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. Anti-Semitism is rearing its ugly head in Europe again, and it is reaching levels that parallel to 1930’s Europe. The reasons may be less obvious than one thinks...
Photo by Toby Hudson.
"Likewise, I have always insisted on justice for all the world over, because justice is indivisible."  --King, 1998 This quote is part of a piece on the Vietnam War. It's a difficult piece. King has trouble reconciling opposition to the war with the civil rights movement. For me, it's perfectly clear. Pacifism seems a...
Photo by Joe Crawford.
To the woman in line at the check out this morning: It was sweet of you to strike up a conversation with me this morning as we waited in line. I saw the surprise on your face when I started to speak. Your eyebrows furrowed and your forehead crinkled while you tilted your head to the side in your attempt to focus your listening. You smiled at me...
Photo by Jessie Eastland.
“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...
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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...