Understanding anxiety. Part III: The role of psychotherapy, art, and dance.

If you are a little bit confused after reading the two previous articles on Understanding Anxiety, you are in the right frame of mind. If you are “a lot confused” after reading the last two articles, that is also quite a typical reaction. Anxiety is not simple because human minds are not simple. Psychotherapy and … Continue reading Understanding anxiety. Part III: The role of psychotherapy, art, and dance.

Understanding Anxiety. Part II: Existential anxiety and disordered anxiety.

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.

Understanding Anxiety. Part I: When anxiety can be helpful.

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.

Freedom is just a click away

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

A metaphysics of contemporary dance, status updates, and mood rings.

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.

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?

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.