Tag: Art and Existentialism

On the Verge of Virtual, and Why Psychologists Should Care


A boy wearing the Oculus Rift. Facebook recently announced its acquisition of Oculus (Associated Press, 2014), a company that has been making waves for developing immersive hardware for virtual reality technology. As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, the benefits of virtual reality stretch far beyond video games, and could “someday be used to enjoy a… Read more »

Existential Roundup


Photo by John Robert Charlton. Welcome to the Existential Roundup, where we bring you links to some articles currently trending that may be of interest to those in the existential-humanistic psychology community. This week’s roundup starts with a few surprises—a few little ditties to see how awake we all are. The first surprise comes from… Read more »

Sitting With Death in Poetry


No more compassion for another Just one more salesman’s pitch Greener pastures still are searched. –Zagata, 2014 Death seems ever surrounded by clichés that protect the heart from experiencing the pain and grief that are needed for healing. Long ago, I discovered that most people just didn’t know what to do with hurting people, particularly… Read more »

Why Canêt –Dead Poets Society” Get Any Love?


The legendary movie about the conflict between rote learning and passionate engagement with the humanities at a boys prep school in the 1950s recently celebrated its 20th anniversary—and came in for a resounding barrage of criticism. Kevin Dettmar, an English professor at Pomona College, penned a piece for The Atlantic entitled “Dead Poets Society Is… Read more »

Dostoyevsky Out Of Context


Kazimir Malevich was punished by Stalin’s regime for creating bourgeois art. Stalin expected that all art reflect Communist beliefs: it was expected to be realist and populist. Malevich’s cubist works attempted to reduce scenes to their most basic visual elements, culminating in the infamous “black square.” His works were seized, some burned, and he was… Read more »

British Invasion of Memory


Photo by United Press International. Whether you remember or anticipate, you do it now. The past is no more. The future is not yet. –Fritz Perls Watching the remaining living Beatles reunite a few weeks ago to celebrate and remember the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9,… Read more »

Waxing Existential: Eating Disorders and Meaning Making


Painting by By Maria Raquel Cochez. Long ago in my practice, I worked with a woman who was struggling with bulimia. She would binge and purge daily, a struggle that she didn’t want, but couldn’t see how she could stop. She was ashamed and demoralized. One day, I put some clay in front of her… Read more »

Can Anybody Tell Me…


Photo by Nickolai Kashirin. 80 times a day, or a hundred, or more. Seemed like a million, by the end of a shift. The man with Korsakoff’s syndrome repeats the same question over and over, each time forgetting whatever answer he has obtained usually within a few seconds. Can anybody tell me where I’m at… Read more »