Category Archives: Psychology

Circles of Support

It is rare to have a space where it is safe reveal all of who you are without judgment, condemnation or ridicule; especially the dark, denied and disowned parts of the psyche Jung termed the shadow. This concept was expanded … Continue reading

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Sonless Fathers

I typically find little interesting or of value with daytime talk shows; particularly of the Jerry Springer, Maury Povich variety. I am still amazed that the “who’s the father?” theme still has appeal. I’m not sure how many of you … Continue reading

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Moving to the Head of the Tribe

The five year anniversary of my father’s passing occurred last month. His death ended a long and difficult battle with emphysema. He was diagnosed in 2003 and given two years to live. He lived an additional three which came as … Continue reading

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Prayers to the Devil

In The Answer is You Michael Bernard Beckwith (pictured with me above) speaks about the futility of complaining. Quoting Bob Marley, he states that complaining is like to praying to the devil. Think about that for a moment. Think about … Continue reading

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Midlife Awareness/Midlife Awakening

“I’ve spent most of my life working at doing things better Now, as I reach midlife, what I care most about doing is being.” The concept of midlife awareness was a reinterpretation offered by a friend when I mentioned writing … Continue reading

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Midlife Crisis/Midlife Rebellion

One of the most influential books I have read is Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis. This book was recommended to me by a friend sometime in my mid thirties. I guess he suspected I … Continue reading

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Embracing Grief and Loss

No shortage of differences exists within the human family. Sadly, these differences are often exploited instead of celebrated. The natural and divinely orchestrated diversity of humanity is often used to create separation and division- the “us and them” mentality that … Continue reading

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The Spirituality of Forgiveness

My previous post addressed the psychological rather than the spiritual as it relates to forgiveness; however, one cannot ignore the relevance of the spiritual dimension. Forgiveness is as much an act of spiritual maturity as it is psychological maturity. Historically … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Forgiveness

To forgive or not to forgive: that is NOT the question. Whether to forgive or not is akin to asking whether we should get a good night’s sleep or eat a balanced diet. We simply do not function optimally if … Continue reading

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Discerning Compassion

Compassion: “An emotion that is a sense of shared suffering, most often combined with a desire to alleviate or reduce the suffering of another; to show special kindness to those who suffer. Compassion essentially arises through empathy, and is often … Continue reading

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