Category Archives: existentialism

Self Pity versus Self Mourning

Just a quick thought & a question– what is the difference between feeling sad about something bad in your life, and feeling self-pity? This came up recently in a session, where a client worried about sinking into self-pity. this is … Continue reading

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Luxury Problems? Compared to What?

People who have been exposed to the world of AA & other 12-step programs will be familiar with these phrases. Let’s focus on the first one first. Frequently, someone who is relatively new to recovery will start talking about how … Continue reading

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Modern Life Is Insane

http://www.salon.com/2013/07/31/living_in_america_will_drive_you_insane_literally_partner/?source=newsletter I’ve been meaning to discuss this for a while, and only now am getting around to it. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Underlying many of psychiatry’s nearly 400 diagnoses is the experience of helplessness, hopelessness, passivity, boredom, fear, … Continue reading

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There but for the grace of God go I

Or if you are of the atheist persuasion, “There but for a twist of fate go I.” For my purposes right now, either way works fine. Just a quick meditation on compassion versus pity. When someone is giving or receiving … Continue reading

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House on fire choices

There’s good news, and there’s bad news…. The good news is, we get to choose, no matter what. The bad news is, we have to choose, no matter what.  In a previous post I related the phenomenon of really clear … Continue reading

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