There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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A radical way of being.
Bob Edelstein L.M.F.T., M.F.T
What does an actualized life mean to you, and how do you achieve it?
How do you move from drug and alcohol addiction to a healthy recovery and a fulfilled life?
The emptiness of grief can feel dreadful. However, being with your emptiness is essential in order to find your way forward.
Are you searching for meaning? Examining four specific areas of your existence can lead you to a more fulfilling life.
The current crisis is a call to use authentic dialogue, from family encounters to the global stage.
We all have regrets. But there's a way to respond that is resilient and leads to a fuller life.
The pandemic is shining a light on a fundamental existential paradox of being human. How do we integrate this paradox in relationship to COVID-19?
By acknowledging our mortality in the face of this pandemic, we are called to reflect on what we truly value.
Embracing our human limits and our human potential is vital to living an authentic life. Humanistic and existential psychology weigh in.
The cultural wound that you are "unlovable" is so pervasive it can impact your view of yourself regardless of how much your parents, friends, and teachers value you.
Meaning and self-actualization are essential to creating a rich and fulfilling life. Working with an Existential-Humanistic therapist can help you discover what this is for you.
A vital component of the client-therapist relationship is the cultivation of an authentic connection between them.
Exploring the present moment is essential for healing and growth.
Everyone has inherent worth and dignity beyond their undesirable or ineffective behaviors. How do we connect with our worth and dignity?
How to be open to your partner through life's challenges and joys.
The fear of missing out is prevalent in our society. What is the remedy?
What is tragic about suicide is that a person has convinced themselves that they need to kill their body. Something does need to be released, but it’s not the body.
How do we choose to live? How do we find meaning?
When I embrace life and death in every moment it makes life richer.
Getting stuck in either the big picture or the small details prevents a full experience of being human. Learning to hold these opposites simultaneously can lead to a rich life.
How do we talk together as a nation?
The therapist is always, first and foremost, a human being relating to another human being. Love is part of this equation.
There is a freedom in acknowledging that I will die.
Birdman embodies the struggle to discover your authentic identity.
Voltaire wrote perfect is the enemy of good. Perfect is also the enemy of the authentic.
If we live from our authentic selves, we will ultimately act in the best interest of the world.
We think life is static, but in reality, it is always in movement. If we are open to that movement, we discover who we are and who we are becoming.
Pain, suffering, and tragedy are all aspects of life. Just facing the challenges that life gives you is heroic.
We feel emotional pain and that often becomes the end of the story. What if it is only the chapter heading? What if we explored the full chapter? I believe we would be immersed in the adventure of discovering the richness and depth of who we are.
Being authentic is the opposite of alienation. It is knowing that you are the agent of your life and that you can interact with the world in a powerful and meaningful way.
Bob Edelstein, L.M.F.T., M.F.T., is an existential humanistic psychotherapist based in Portland, Oregon.