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Is our belief in being “special” harming our mental health?

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?

A murderer’s philosophy: The Loeb and Leopold case.

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.

Persistence of Identity: There are no accidents in meaning.

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.

Is psychotherapy “just talking?” Part I.

Text by: Dr. Alina Sotskova Illustration: Armin Mortazavi “How is talking about my problems going to help? The problem is still there whether I talk about it or not!” “Why would I see a psychologist – it’s just talking. It’s not going to do anything for me.” “I don’t need therapy – I need a … Continue reading Is psychotherapy “just talking?” Part I.

Is psychotherapy “just talking?” Part II.

Since a short blog post cannot possibly, not even closely, encompass all the fascinating stuff running in the background in one’s mind as psychotherapy takes place, here are just a few examples of mind processes that are underway as therapy unfolds. Often what happens in psychotherapy is a sort of “slowing down” of the usual … Continue reading Is psychotherapy “just talking?” Part II.