Can we find our real partner in an online dating app? How do we judge another’s qualities, how do we describe ourselves, and can online dating lead to a real-world relationship? Online dating can lead to profound questions about identity, authenticity, loneliness and solitude, illusion and reality.
The creative act is a courageous affirmation of life in face of the void or death. From this affirmation of life comes the healing medicine of creation. The need to create, communicate, create coherence, and symbolize is a basic human need.
Valerie Trierweiler’s emotional collapse and week-long hospitalization after hearing about her partner Francois Holland’s betrayal with actress Julie Gayett was dramatic, but nevertheless understandable. Liasons with powerful political figures are by definition dramatic, but therefore seductive.
Research shows that dancing helps reduce incidence of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Working with aging and its problems and possibilities will be a growing field in the future. Being able to work with these issues by bringing in a wide variety of methodologies is important for healthcare providers.
Psychology is new to China, and it has been fascinating travelling and teaching there for the past three years. While many in China are importing Western psychology, others are striving to build on indigenous Chinese philosophers, poets, and medicine.
It’s so hard to be a good human being!
It is the little things, the human relations of everyday life that are hardest to transform. The moments of arrogance, of envy, of inadvertently hurting someone else.
With the passage of the DSM-5 today by the American Psychiatric Association, more ordinary and even extraordinary experiences of the human condition become psychopathology. This problem of a psychopathology then needs a solution: increasingly medication and quick fixes.
How many times have you had someone come into your office or heard someone say to you: “There is no organic cause for what you are feeling. It’s all in your head.”
Furthermore, you may be advised to find a therapist, stop focusing on yourself, get over it and on with things: “Stop being so sensitive!”
It is hard to imagine trauma and resiliency without hearing the stories of people actually living daily under an existential threat. Below is a description from an American woman, very familiar with Israel, and there during the most recent skirmish.
More information about trauma in Israel can be found at the PDF here at http://bit.ly/U3e35g
The decline of the body in aging often brings depression and grief over loss of function, expression, and sense of self. In this keynote talk, given at the Poetics of Aging Conference (Nov 16—19, 2011), I share basic principles of a movement group for elderly, using movement in the expression of feelings to address the existential issues of mortality and meaning.
In my office on Union Street I see many successful people who are struggling with how to find meaning and value in their work. Some long for more creativity and freedom, and this piece is from one who records his successful transition.