Tag: Future of Existential Psychology Series

The Future of Existential Psychology: Palpable Existentialism: A Future Direction for Existential Psychologists


Palpable existentialism, also called Experiential-Existential Therapy (Madison & Gendlin, 2011), crosses Eugene Gendlin’s “Philosophy of the Implicit” and its Focusing practice with the spirit and basic tenets of the British School of Existential-phenomenological psychotherapy. Among other emphases, it encourages us to make space in our living so that the weight of existing assumptions and concepts… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: After DSM-5, Now What? The Future of Diagnosis in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology


Photo by Alex Proimos. Part I. The Context: Overwhelmingly Negative Reactions to Publication of DSM-5 The American Psychiatric Association just held its annual convention in San Francisco, and this is not your ordinary gathering of psychiatrists. This convention inaugurates the launching of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: Was Nietzsche Right?


Friedrich Nietzsche If the future of Existential Psychology could be reduced to a bumper sticker, it might be this one: “Nietzsche Was Right.” In 1882, Nietzsche put some stunning words in the mouth of a character: God is dead, we have killed him, and the implications are staggering. Let me quote from the passage: “Is… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: Facing Maturity?


Photo by Graham Horn. When confronted with the invitation to share some thoughts about the future of existential psychology, the first question that came into mind was whether existential-phenomenological psychology (as I prefer to call it) is in fact constituted and well-established as a science, with an outlined object of study, research methodologies and with… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: Where Do We Go From Here?


Photo by Bert Kaufmann. In reading the many beautiful and profound words that have graced these pages thus far during the last three months in The New Existentialists Future of Existential Psychology series, I have been struck by how many of the writers and practitioners have spoken of various aspects of existential psychology and psychotherapy,… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: The View From an Existential Bywater


If you are a psychologist, you can expect to make about $60,000 a year in practice, more or less whatever is your practice, on average. If you are in academics, you are likely to make a lot less. As schools go for-profit or need to compete with schools that are for-profit, more and more faculty… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: A Bridge to Tragic Optimism


Viktor Frankl. Photo from Prof. Dr. Franz Vesely. 108 years ago in Vienna, a child was born, who, like many other children of that time, faced decades of existential challenges in his future such as had never been seen before in this world in such a concentration of cruelty, diversity and sustainability that was to… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: Varieties of Nostalgia, According to a Tang Poet


Nostalgia seems to be a universal phenomenon. It is the feeling and sensation that lets you know that a deep cord in your heart is being struck by some cherished memories. While the question of cultural difference in approaches to nostalgia has not been explored in psychology, we can deepen our appreciation of this phenomenon… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: Introductory Psychology Textbooks and the Commitment to Essentialism


When I think back to my college education, I consider it a small wonder that I ever found my way to existential psychology. My undergraduate psychology department as a whole was hostile to the threat of philosophy encroaching upon their discipline. One professor even announced to my cohort that psychologists do what philosophers merely think… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: How to Make a Best Friend Forever: Counseling and Existential-Humanistic Psychology


Melson Hall at the University of West Georgia. Why can’t we all just be friends? Too simple, some might say even naïvely simple, but for me, the question contains a powerful message regarding the hope of partnership and a call for acceptance. This, in essence, is the resounding call of this piece and what is… Read more »