Sunday, February 5, 2023

Tag: meaning therapy

Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood: A Tale of Psychotherapy

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and not knowing which one to take, I stood straight, watching my life pass me by. But in therapy, I began to feel the knots of my life come alive inside me. The point is not just to talk, it is to feel your story inside, to hear your silences, and to realize who you are… and who you can be.

“Purpose in Life Impedes Impulsivity”

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“Another good reason to make 2016 the year you follow your bliss.” For the Pacific Standard, Tom Jacobs scours the psychological literature on the connection between our sense of meaning in life and our behaviors. He finds that “people possessing a sense of purpose are more likely to make choices that pay off in the long run, and less likely to get sidetracked by the need for short-term gratification.”

“A Force Awakened: Why So Many Find Meaning in Star Wars”

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Star Wars taps into some fundamental facets of the human condition and tells mythic and religious stories, Professor Patti McCarthy explains for The Conversation....

“How to Find Meaning in Suffering”

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In Scientific American, Kasley Killam presents insights from research on “post-traumatic growth,” highlighting the importance of finding meaning or underlying significance in our struggles and misery. “The psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote extensively about this process after observing that his fellow inmates in concentration camps were more likely to survive the horrific conditions if they held on to a sense of meaning.”

Vail Place Focuses on Collective Work for Mental Health

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Minn Post did a feature story last week on Vail Place, an alternative mental health treatment center run on a community “clubhouse” model where the nearly 900 members and staff work side by side to run the center’s activities. Vail Place was founded in Hopkins, Minnesota in the early eighties by mental health activists and family members as a community for psychosocial rehabilitation. “The work isn’t therapy,” a member explains. “It’s growth. It’s ‘I cans’ rather than ‘I can'ts.’ And that’s important for mental health and survival.”