Author: Kirk Schneider

Reflections on Zombies Before Todayês Apocalypse


George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead The current fascination with zombies and the Zombie Apocalypse seems to clearly reflect of some of the deep-seated concerns with American culture. In his book, Horror and the Holy, Kirk Schneider suggests that monsters often represent two human extremes: constriction and expansion. Dracula embodies Hyper-constriction (deadening qualities) as… Read more »



Image by John Pierce (click image for animation) I want to share a conceptual continuum created by Kirk Schneider, PhD, a leading writer and theorist in the existential-humanistic psychology community. In his book Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy, Schneider (2008) explains that a main focus of existential psychotherapy for many practitioners and theorists is the human experience of… Read more »

The Challenge of Reaching Everybody: Existential-Humanistic Psychology and the Ties that Bind


Photo from German Federal Archives. This is the first in a series of four articles that will explore Tom Greening’s (1992) Existential Challenges and Responses. I will explore one existential challenge in each article with the intent of contextualizing that challenge to contemporary issues through a personal lens. My aim is to demonstrate that existential… Read more »

Rollo May’s last book, The Psychology of Existence, re-issued. An interview with co-author Kirk Schneider


Kirk Schneider Recently McGraw-Hill announced it was reissuing the seminal 1995 text The Psychology of Existence, by Kirk Schneider and Rollo May.  It was the last book May ever wrote, and he edited a galley copy just two days before his death. Psychology of Existence was intended to be a foundational book for the revitalization of… Read more »

Kirk Schneider to discuss ‘The Polarized Mind’ on KQED’s radio Forum


It’s not our problems that are killing us, says Saybrook faculty member Kirk Schneider:  it’s our minds.  We can’t solve problems ranging from global warming to Wall Street malfeasance because we are caught in a mental trap – what he calls “the polarized mind.”   Schneider will be discussing his new book “The Polarized Mind:… Read more »