Archive for June, 2009

June 28

Is Marriage an Outdated Institution?

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Articles | 18 Comments

Painting by Cortney Pleus

According to the most recent statistics, the divorce rate, often quoted (even by this author in psychology classes) as 50% of marriages, is actually closer to the low 40 percentile. (Divorce Rate: It’s Not as High as You Think, By Dan Hurley, The New York Times, April 19, 2005). But that does not negate the fact that the United States has the highest divorce rate in the world per capita. The fact that so many American marriages end in divorce leads to the question is marriage an outdated institution? I think the answer is dependent on some of …

June 22

Being Free

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I’m writing this after a long day, but I want to get my thoughts out before they disappear. Kris Kristofferson wrote (and sang, but not as memorably) “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose” and Janis Joplin made it famous. I have always loved that line. I find it to be so true. To be truly free, you can have no attachment. That is what this song lyric is saying.

In Existential therapy freedom brings with it responsibility. When you make choices which you are free to make, you take responsibility for those choices. You own them. They are your choices. And, in Existential theory, your choices are abundant.

So why am I writing all of this about freedom, …

June 5

Legalization and Motives Regarding Substance Use

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There is a lot of discussion these days about the legalization of substances, especially marijuana. These discussions and articles focus on how it might improve the economy, to decriminalization resulting in fewer deaths and a drop in the growth of HIV cases, to medical benefits of marijuana. You might expect someone who witnesses the difficulties and occasional devastation that substances cause to be firmly against legalization. This is not necessarily the case. After all, consider alcohol and tobacco are legal, and yet they are listed as the most destructive substances to individuals and society currently. Then again, this might be a reason not to legalize other substances. In this article the focus is not …