Category Archives: Existentialism and Mental Illness

Electric Currents And An ‘Emotional Awakening’ For One Man With Autism

AutismTerry Gross provides an insightful and humanistic look at autism through the story of one man who underwent an experimental treatment for his condition and then goes on to eloquently explain both the gains and losses he experienced as a result.   Continue reading

Scarecrow Video Event- The Psychology of Horror: Why We Love Scary Movies

NosferatuThe Psychology of Horror: Why We Love Scary Movies

Saturday, October 25th, 7PM  Scarecrow Video 5030 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle  98105

I’m sure I’m not alone in questioning my attachment to horror films (which I do in earnest each October.)  Why do I persist in subjecting myself to a genre that at times robs of me of sleep, gives me nightmares, makes me wary of everyday objects and sometimes causes me to lose feeling in my extremities?  I don’t have all the answers but I think I have a few and so does my friend and colleague, Stacey Weber. Continue reading

Are We All “Screwed Up?”

NeurosisAre We All “Screwed Up?”

I get asked this question a lot and the answer is, “yes.” This is comforting to many and not such welcome news to others. In the psychological world, “screwed up” is better known as “neurotic.” Psychoanalyst Karen Horney described neurosis as “a distorted way of looking at the world and oneself, determined by compulsive needs rather than by a genuine interest in the world as it is.” Yep. Unfortunately we all do this to one degree or another, in one or more areas of our lives. The extent to which this occurs is in proportion to the severity of the mental and emotional suffering we experience. Continue reading