It matters that people have a way to use the latest findings in psychology beyond buying a pill for depression. It matters that people have a way of looking at their lives that lets them ask the big questions and determine how they want to live – and that this is supported by therapists and mental health professionals.

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I was in Boston this last Sunday and barely made it to the airport in time for my flight…the last one to leave Logan International to Denver. I was literally minutes away from being stranded but thought, on the bright side, if I did get stuck there, I would at least be able to watch some of the Boston Marathon. I did make my flight and was...
Just one year ago, a very peaceful finish line scene.
Ernesto Spinelli (1997) describes un-knowing, with the hyphenation, “in order to distinguish the term from its more common meaning as that of which we remain unfamiliar” (p. 9). The concept, he says, Refers to that attempt to remain as open as possible to whatever presents itself to our relational experience. As such, it expresses...
That gun butt felt so smooth and warm cradled in your palm; Oh your childhood cried out into your head “they mean to do you harm” −Bernie Taupin This brief essay is a section of a larger work entitled "The Thing Called Gun: A Phenomenology of a Shooting Spree." I presented a paper on this topic in November of 1999...
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Integrity is a suggestive, inarticulate word: its definition is hard to pin down. For most of my life, I’ve associated the word integrity with “character,” yet another evasive word with multiple meanings. I’ve thought of integrity as suggestive of morality, of the ability to stand up for what’s “right,” to...
Nostalgia seems to be a universal phenomenon. It is the feeling and sensation that lets you know that a deep cord in your heart is being struck by some cherished memories. While the question of cultural difference in approaches to nostalgia has not been explored in psychology, we can deepen our appreciation of this phenomenon by consulting poets...

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