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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...
Photo by The All-Nite Images.
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...
Photo by Marion S. Trikosko.
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 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...
Photo from Seattle Municipal Archives.
I am in an abusive relationship. It's hard to spot. Nobody in my house is hitting anybody or neglecting anyone, or shouting, insulting, degrading. In fact, the abusive relationship does not involve my family at all, except as codependents. What I'm addicted to is money, and my family can't live with me unless I have some. And the...
“If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” The above phrase has become a rallying cry of activists of all sorts. Of late, I’ve seen it on the newsfeeds of many Facebook friends—real friends—who have been active in the protests in New York City. But I have a real problem with this rallying cry...
At the U.N. Conference.
Last week, I wrote about how even in death, social stigmas are alive and well. Since writing that piece, I’ve seen how death and dying—one of the two existential givens of human existence—are ripe for stigmatization when something goes wrong, such as psychological distress, or a plague like this current Ebola crisis. Today I...
Photo by Emmanuel Huybrechts.
It's quite expensive to be poor in the United States. I was driving along a minor arterial in a poor part of town. I could tell it was poor because it was grimy and the buildings were old and poorly used. People used the sidewalks there, the sort of people who can't afford different outfits for work and home and are therefore dressed in...