So what if the panic or anxiety is not tied to some recent argument, change, or stressful event? What is if sort of comes out of nowhere? Well, sometimes, anxiety can come up unexpectedly when events in life lead to reflections on “the big picture.” Existential psychology is concerned with how people experience the human … Continue reading Understanding Anxiety. Part II: Existential anxiety and disordered anxiety.
Anxiety is a universal human experience, even though for each person that experience will differ. In the post-modern world, “anxiety” has become a buzzword, just like words such as “stress” and “depression.” In the science of psychology, these words have specific, although often debated, definitions. But when evoked in your typical conversation, the word “anxiety” … Continue reading Understanding Anxiety. Part I: When anxiety can be helpful.
Addicted to Mystery? Mystery is typically something that eludes our human understanding, something that cannot be explained fully. Maybe it is a bit of an enigma, getting a whiff of the forbidden fruit without getting the full taste. Mysteries fascinate and attract us: this attraction is part of the reason we have movements like science, … Continue reading Mystery, uncertainty, and death in Ural mountains.
What is the thing we want most? Freedom. What is the thing we fear most? Freedom. How can those two answers be the same? If you ask an existentialist, they might say it is because freedom is part of our human condition, but freedom is not a thing you can “have,” “own,” or purchase as … Continue reading Freedom is just a click away
Have you ever been fascinated by space? All that black expanse that looks like nothingness, but is actually a vast amount of exploding supernovas, flaming stars, galaxies, and strange planets? It’s fascinating, I’ll admit. Who knows what’s out there. It could even be something. Like life. Like life that we already have a lot of … Continue reading The Europa Report: A Tale of Very Expensive Loneliness.
What do contemporary dance, status updates, and mood rings have in common? They are all vehicles for public displays of emotion. But have you noticed that the range for the emotions people express with this type of media tends to be somewhat stereotyped? Here we have the case of portraying either the emotional turmoil of … Continue reading A metaphysics of contemporary dance, status updates, and mood rings.
What grinds your gears? Stepping on gum when you bought new shoes? Your neighbour’s taste in music at 5am? Waking up to interesting aromas wafting gently into your bedroom from your cat’s litter box, like a sweet deathly wave of chemical weaponry? Yes, those things grind my gears, too. But you know what else grinds my gears? … Continue reading The over-man, the superwomyn, and creatures beyond good and evil.
Kirk Schneider (2008), an existential psychologist, writes that people in the current Western, post-modem culture have fallen into a dangerous game of "either-or:" either they see themselves in a reductionist, mechanistic way, a cog in the interconnected global machine, or they see themselves as omnipotent heroes of the post-modern age, so special and so powerful … Continue reading Is our belief in being “special” harming our mental health?
Only the privileged few, the “supermen” above the law, may commit murder, or at least this was the claim of Loeb and Leopold who committed arguably one of the most controversial crimes of the 20th century. When I watched Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rope,” an adaptation of Patrick Hamilton’s play about the famous case, I became engrossed … Continue reading A murderer’s philosophy: The Loeb and Leopold case.
What does Dali’s confusing, compelling, at times mystical, at times disturbing imagery mean? According to Dali’s flippant answer to the question regarding the meaning of Persistence of Memory, it merely represents melting camembert cheese. Yet, at the time of the painting, in the early 1930s, Dali was fascinated with Freudian psychoanalysis. Of course, in psychoanalysis, … Continue reading Persistence of Identity: There are no accidents in meaning.