Archive for July, 2009

July 29

A Response to Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search For Meaning”

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This is both a review of Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search For Meaning” and a response to some of its ideas. First, the book is definitely worth reading. For those unfamiliar with Viktor Frankl, he was an Eastern European Jewish psychiatrist who was placed in a concentration camp during World War II. He suffered all the indignities of anyone in a concentration camp, short of being killed. And he used the experience to provide evidence for his method of therapy, “Logotherapy,” a form of existential …

July 16

Electro-Shock Blues

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From the back of the cd cover for "electro-shock blues"

As many of my readers know, I recently became a fan of “The Eels.” And, as most of my regular readers know, I am an existential therapist and someone who tries to promote understanding of how the idea of death can make life more vital. Imagine my happiness when a cd I ordered combined the two.

When introduced to The Eels I pointed out some of their existential themes, and discussed their song “Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living)” on my blog. I looked into buying some of …

July 12

New Section

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One of my regular readers suggested I add a recommended reading list. This seemed like a very good idea to me, although I often reference books in my articles. This forum provides casual readers of mine the opportunity to read deeper into some of the material I’ve referenced, or simply  find out what some of my influences are. I’m going to begin with listing and describing some of my favorite books. This section will be devoted to these recommended reading and reviews of other and future books I have read.

The book I have recommended the most in the last year is “Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death” by Irvin Yalom. This book uses Existential theory (by one of the most recent …

July 10

Speaking at Everglades Prison

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About three months ago, a student who likes to go by the name Mary Swanson, asked me if I’d speak at a prison for her. Everyone who is involved in this program in this class she was in had to arrange two guest speakers. She asked if I’d be one of hers. I cleared my afternoon schedule for the engagement. 

The multiple times when I asked Mary what I’d be speaking about she reported I didn’t need to prepare anything, and could just answer questions. With my teaching and client schedule the way it is, this was a relief; at least up until the date grew closer. 

The …

July 8

Nothing is Permanent

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Being a follower of the Dalai Lama on Twitter, I recently read his quote of the day (QOTD). It read, “Nothing is Permanent.” I am certain the Dalai Lama isn’t the first Eastern Philosophical Master to say this. I’d be willing to bet one of the Buddhas (if not the first Buddha, Siddhartha Guatama) said it many centuries ago. But I think it’s important to reiterate the meaning of this statement.

The statement is simple, yet how often do we humans behave as if everything is permanent? This begins with our life. We act as if we are going to live forever. We put off things we want to accomplish. We behave as if …