Category Archives: Psychology

What myth can teach us about grief

I have always liked myths. Even more so when Jung helped me see their inner life and I learned that, far from being just stories spun by human fantasy, they are windows into the psyche, reflecting all the perambulations of … Continue reading

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Human Evil and Its Genesis: ISIS

   All man’s troubles arise from the fact   That we do not know what we are  And do not agree on what we want to be                –Vercours (You Shall Know Them)   … Continue reading

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Jung, Archetypes, and A Parrot: The Legacy of Nature’s Genius

I’ve just finished Joanna Burger’s The Parrot That Owns Me: The Story of a Relationship. Funny, I had this book sitting on my shelf, unread, for twelve years. Looking for something to read while eating my breakfast, I pulled it … Continue reading

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Internet Ghouls Among Us: The Robin Williams Aftermath

I haven’t any doubt that the vast majority of us mourn the tragic death of Robin Williams, who brought laughter into our hearts and with it, wisdom too. And yet there are always a few, the ghouls  I call them, … Continue reading

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Teach me….

Teach me to love all things, big and small; clean and dirty: the burr oak massive with age; the silent worm that threads the earth; my fellow beings, rich or poor, sung or unsung. Teach me to be patient, learning … Continue reading

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A lingering malice that kills

To be happy in life comes down to feeling good about yourself. It isn’t about money, popularity, power, or other commonly assumed indicators of success. In fact, these may actually be forms of over compensation, masking our sense of unworthiness … Continue reading

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Our Survival at Stake: Do We Have a Future?

As much as we can do it, we should avoid living our lives on assumption that a belief is true simply because we’ve been told it’s so by family, government, religion, politics, economics, or the collective culture in which we’ve … Continue reading

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Medicine discovers meditation

Funny how the poets I read and taught in college have a way of popping up in my mind, even though I’ve been away from that scene for seven years now.  Take, for instance, the English poet Wordsworth.  He’s famous … Continue reading

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Memory: Something to be Cherished

Do you ever get something tossing around in your head that seemingly you can’t get rid of no matter how you try?  I get that way when I listen to music, for example, the lyrics wearing down my synapses like … Continue reading

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What Being Centered Really Means

True peace is achieved By centering And blending with life (Tao 22). You hear a lot about being centered, but just what is it? The ancient Greeks advocated “the golden mean,” or middle way. Roman writer Vergil based his Aeneid on … Continue reading

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