Author: Louis Hoffman

Diversity: Why We Canêt Stop Talking


Colours of Diversity Mural in Singapore. “We don’t need to talk about diversity; we’ve got that covered.” Whenever I hear these or similar words, I immediately am skeptical and on guard. In fact, I would say that statements of this sentiment are among the most common microaggressions in contemporary culture. When it comes to diversity,… Read more »

Work-Life Balance, Authenticity, and Existential Values


Photo by Nevit Dilmen. I deeply believe that one of our greatest crises in the United States, as well as much of the world, is our inability to achieve work-life balance. Although “crisis” may sound dramatic, I believe there is a case for it. The psychological and physical health costs are quite significant, despite the… Read more »

Teaching Diversity from an Existential Perspective


A law class at Roanoke College. For years, I have heard horror stories of professors teaching diversity classes being traumatized by their students. Included were stories of a number of experts in diversity who were passionate about teaching diversity, but no longer wanted to teach diversity courses because their course evaluations were poorer than in… Read more »

Existential-Humanistic Psychology and Buddhism


Statue of Maitreya Buddha. Photo by Payal Vora. Recently I returned from a trip to China where I was asked to speak at a conference entitled “Buddha from the Heart: Humanistic Psychology Maitreya Culture.” Maitreya Buddhism is a lesser-known school of Buddhist thought originating in China, particularly connected with Maitreya Buddha (i.e., future Buddha). The… Read more »

Why I No Longer Trust ResearchãPart 2


1886 Eli Lilly newspaper advertisement. In part one of this blog, I discussed the beginning of my loss of faith in research, particularly psychological research. As I noted, I began my career interested in being a researcher. I conducted a number of studies, some of which I never sought publication for because of my own… Read more »

Varieties of Existential Experience: Review of Cooperês (2003) Existential Therapies


Mick Cooper’s (2003) Existential Therapies sat on my shelf for a number of years waiting for some well-deserved attention. I put off reading it knowing that it was a review of the different approaches to existential therapy, which I was already quite familiar with. Thus, I did not think I would get much from this… Read more »

On Being an Existential Psychology Evangelist


Several years ago I was teaching at a university in Colorado and a small group of us were working to fan the fire of interest in existential psychology with some success. Each year, we brought Kirk Schneider to co-teach a seminar on existential psychology. Mark Yang began joining us from China, often with some Chinese… Read more »