Tag: Louis Hoffman

Existential Activism


Occupy Wall Street. Photo by David Shankbone. At the 2012 Existential-Humanistic Institute Conference, John Galvin presented on the topic of “Existential Activism.” It was a wonderful presentation that led to many interesting thoughts and discussions. Although I have long aspired to being socially responsible, I never considered myself an activist prior to a colleague referring… Read more »

Politics and Existentialism: Zhi Mian and United States PoliticsãPart 2: Empathy & Collective Responsibility


President Obama campaigning in New Mexico. It is easy to become disgusted with politics in the United States today. Corruption seems to be the norm, and there does not appear to be any genuine hope for change. We blame the politicians, the politician system, the parties, and the media, but rarely do we consider our… Read more »

Politics and Existentialism: Zhi Mian and United States PoliticsãPart 1: Facing Conflict and Disagreement Directly


United States politics is fraught with conflict and disagreement as is evident even to the casual observer. These are natural occurrences in all organizations and political systems. They can be used poorly or for gain. Often, disagreement and conflict, when handled properly, can encourage creativity and development. When handled poorly, they can stifle any growth… Read more »

A Tribute to the Students of Humanistic Psychology


Some of my greatest teachers and greatest inspirations as an existential psychologist and professor have been my students. Although it has become cliché to say that teachers learn from their students, I hope to speak to this as a personal experience that comes alive beyond the cliché. When I speak of students, particular students come… Read more »

Mark Yang: Living a Taoist Model of Leadership in Existential Psychology


Over the last five-years, I have worked closely with Mark Yang and Xuefu Wang on developing existential psychology in China. This has been the most rewarding, transforming, and important work of my career. We have been deeply blessed with success, and now I think it is fair to claim that there is nowhere in the… Read more »

Educationês Lost Citizenship


Anyone in higher education today knows that the field is drastically changing. Nervous academics and administrators are engaging in intense debate regarding the causes of the problems and scrambling to find solutions before they become imposed upon the academy by accreditation bodies. It is evident that a myriad of factors contributed to the current state… Read more »

Occupy Mental Health! Countering the “Business Model” of psychology


Is this mental health? The medical model draws a significant amount of critique in clinical psychology these days, especially from existential and humanistic psychologists, and for good reason. The medical model is deeply flawed in its basic assumptions, including its construction of mental illness and conceptualization of what it means to be human. Although ongoing… Read more »