Tag: Louis Hoffman

An Existential Approach to Microaggressions


Etching by Adi Holzer (1997). The interest in theory and research pertaining to racial microaggressions is booming, yet it rarely gets mentioned in the existential literature. This, I believe, is a problem that needs to be rectified. I have written numerous articles arguing for the need for greater attention to diversity issues in existential psychology… Read more »

In Defense of Summer Break for Teachers and Academics: What Critics Need to Know


Photo by George Serdechny. It is very common to hear strong criticisms of the teaching profession for what is perceived of as “lax schedules,” including having summers off. I admit, prior to entering the profession, I would be one to share these criticisms. However, after teaching for more than 10 years, I would happily invite… Read more »

Existential Reflections on Friendship


Photo by Vicki Nunn. My travels across China always spur reflections on relationships and, in particular, friendship. My most recent trip earlier in June was no different. One night, my good friend Mark Yang and I, had dinner with some friends in China. One of our colleagues from China witnessed Mark and I presenting together… Read more »

Reflections from the Protest at the American Psychiatric Association Convention: Existential Psychology in Action


Schneider, Rubin, Lichtanski, and Hoffman. A few Sundays ago, I attended a protest at the American Psychiatric Association Convention in San Francisco with my Saybrook colleagues, Kirk Schneider, Kristopher Lichtanski, and Shawn Rubin. We attended because of our concerns about Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) due to be published next month. Despite… Read more »

Marriage Equality, Religion, and Polarization


One of the most divisive and polarizing issues in contemporary United States society is marriage equality. Kirk Schneider’s new book, The Polarized Mind, aptly demonstrates why we should be very concerned about this not only because of the importance of the issue, but also because of the dangers inherent in polarization. Schneider (2013) describes polarization… Read more »

The Emerging Cultural Approach to Existential Psychology: Diversity Language and Symbols


Junkaroo festivities in the Bahamas. Existential and humanistic psychology has struggled in is embrace of diversity (see Hoffman, 2012, for an extended discussion of this topic). Yet, there is hope that change is coming. The first vital step was working to gain widespread acceptance that diversity is an important topic worthy of consideration in existential… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: An Introduction


Editors’ Note: This series is dedicated to memory of Dr. Eugene Taylor, a founding member of the New Existentialists, whose inspiration and superior scholarship will serve as a beacon for current and future existential psychologists. Existential psychology is experiencing a resurgence in recent years, as marked by numerous new publications (Cooper, 2003; Mendelowitz, 2008; Schneider,… Read more »