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Novice to Mastery

Filed in Self-Actualization by on April 17, 2014
Novice to Mastery

“I have learned the novice can often see things that the expert overlooks. All that is necessary is not to be afraid of making mistakes, or of appearing naive.” – Abraham Maslow If you fear making mistakes or being made to look foolish then you fear being a novice. The problem is that all roads […]

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Physical Expression of Emotion

Filed in Emotions, Mindfulness, Psychoanalysis by on April 17, 2014
Physical Expression of Emotion

We recently wrote about the mind-body split that constitutes how many of us in the West see ourselves, where our bodies are something that we have but are not really us. One of the outcomes of this philosophical perspective is that we aren’t very aware of our physical bodies, and are especially unaware of how […]

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Fairness

Filed in Psychoanalysis by on April 17, 2014
Fairness

Everyone is concerned with fairness. Actually the greedy, selfish people you know are the most concerned with it. But how could this be? From a psychoanalytic perspective it’s that their perception of the external world, and with it what constitutes fairness, is skewed. Greed is a symptom of feeling empty inside and acts as a […]

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Pathology of Normalcy

Pathology of Normalcy

Erich Fromm called it the ‘pathology of normalcy’, a clever term to encapsulate the idea that trying to be just like everybody else is its own form of sickness. We call ourselves individualistic but the term is almost laugh out loud funny in light of the fact that most people are terrified of being individuals […]

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Love Lies Within

Filed in Emotions, Existential Psychology by on April 16, 2014
Love Lies Within

Many of us spend our time waiting for love, searching for love, hoping love will find us. Or we act like sponges, trying to suck up as much love from important figures in our lives as we can. This strategy is ultimately doomed to disappointment because it assumes that love is something floating out there […]

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Violent Opposition to the Truth

Filed in Individual Counseling, Psychoanalysis by on April 16, 2014
Violent Opposition to the Truth

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer Shopenhaure’s quote can be applied just as easily to the individual process of raising self-awareness in therapy as it can to truth in the wider sense of the word. These […]

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Discover What is Important to You

Filed in Grief by on April 16, 2014
Discover What is Important to You

“Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.” – Meister Eckhart A life-affirming aspect of grief that many people do not fully take advantage of is that it creates a stark opportunity to figure out what is […]

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