Tag: Louis Hoffman

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 »

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 »

Polarization and the DSM-5: Conversations About the Politics of Diagnosis and Medication in Mental Health


[Editor’s Note: Listen to Louis Hoffman speak about the DSM-5 controversy on City Visions radio on KALW.] The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is receiving a dramatic increase of attention since the new version (i.e., the DSM-5) became available. This discussion is important given the DSM-5 is not just another book; it… Read more »

Would the True Existential Therapy Please Stand Up? Eclectic, Antagonistic, or Integrative?


One of the interesting aspects of being an existential therapist is learning the perceptions that others have about what it means to be existential. After having taught about existential psychology at seven universities, I have heard quite a few different perspectives. However, the diversity within existential psychology is maybe as diverse as the perceptions from… Read more »

Innocent Dangers: Simply Asking the Questions


Photo Illustration by Eadweard Muybridge. “Has your child been evaluated for ADHD?” Many variations of this seemingly innocent question often serve as the beginning of a dangerous progression. Quite often, teachers, childcare workers, and even physicians untrained in understanding and diagnosing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) ask this question to parents. However, frequently this question… Read more »

Facing Crime, Violence, and Human Rights in the United States: Zhi Mian and Social Justice


Photo by Marc Falardeau. An article in the Huffington Post reported on a study demonstrating that no other country in the world places more of their citizens on arrest than the United States. While 716 per 100,000 people in the United States are incarcerated, the second highest number in any other country is 649 and… Read more »