Tag: Key Concepts

The Future of Existential Psychology: Palpable Existentialism: A Future Direction for Existential Psychologists


Palpable existentialism, also called Experiential-Existential Therapy (Madison & Gendlin, 2011), crosses Eugene Gendlin’s “Philosophy of the Implicit” and its Focusing practice with the spirit and basic tenets of the British School of Existential-phenomenological psychotherapy. Among other emphases, it encourages us to make space in our living so that the weight of existing assumptions and concepts… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: Was Nietzsche Right?


Friedrich Nietzsche If the future of Existential Psychology could be reduced to a bumper sticker, it might be this one: “Nietzsche Was Right.” In 1882, Nietzsche put some stunning words in the mouth of a character: God is dead, we have killed him, and the implications are staggering. Let me quote from the passage: “Is… Read more »



Photo by Jorge Barrios. In Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, Sarah Kass writes about procrastination as a sometimes dysfunctional adaptation to deadlines. Some people work best under pressure, but procrastinators tend to live stressed-out and guilt-ridden lives. It is easier to engage with the distractions than with the things that really need doing, making it… Read more »

Infinitely Adjustable: Reflections on Technology and What It Means to Be Human


Photo by Ed Schipul. Among the varied and unending quests to comprehend the meaning of human experience and the nature of being human, broad consensus can be found as to the inevitability of suffering. Where does our suffering come from? Freud (1930) claimed that it came from three principle sources: our (fallible) bodies, the caprice… Read more »

Anne L. Francis-Okongwu, Ph.D., 1940-2012: Social Worker, Anthropologist, Teacher, Mother, Sister, Friend


Anne L. Francis-Okongwu Anne and I met at the gym 18 years ago when I was fortunate enough to choose an exercise bike next to the one she was peddling. We soon became fast friends. We worked out at the gym, did volunteer work, went shopping, visited museums, talked on the phone, and enjoyed one… Read more »

Integrity and Congruence: A New Paradigm for Character


Photo by Giovanni Dall’Orto. Integrity is a suggestive, inarticulate word: its definition is hard to pin down. For most of my life, I’ve associated the word integrity with “character,” yet another evasive word with multiple meanings. I’ve thought of integrity as suggestive of morality, of the ability to stand up for what’s “right,” to sacrifice… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: Introductory Psychology Textbooks and the Commitment to Essentialism


When I think back to my college education, I consider it a small wonder that I ever found my way to existential psychology. My undergraduate psychology department as a whole was hostile to the threat of philosophy encroaching upon their discipline. One professor even announced to my cohort that psychologists do what philosophers merely think… Read more »

Existentialism in the Andes


I “discovered” existential psychology back in 2008 while a PhD student at Saybrook University. At the time, I was undergoing a crisis of meaning, or perhaps it’s more appropriate to say a “crisis of control.” I had slipped into a deep depression due to the fact that life was just not doing what I wanted… Read more »