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Now accepting submissions for the 2016 JMH International Prize Essay Contest on the Psychology of Anger and Violence

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Essay Subject for the 2016 Contest

Why do you think the United States is having so much trouble with school shootings? (Important: The answer must be from a psychological perspective.)


First Prize: $1000 
Second Prize: $500 
Third Prize: $250 
Five Honorable Mentions: $50 each

Longer Observations



Created: 2016-03-24 19:20:51 Last updated: 2016-05-31 18:50:15
Psychological Observations on the 2016 Presidential Campaign This is not a psychological analysis of the candidates though I try to use my psychological understanding to understand them. Even when a client is in front of a therapist it is difficult to understand the client. Therapists have trouble... Read more..

Created: 2016-03-12 18:29:41 Last updated: 2016-03-18 20:34:03
The Mountain Archetype: A Psychological Approach   The book, The Mountain Archetype: A Psychological Approach, can be purchased in the iBooks store, on Amazon as a Kindle book, and on Kobo. It also can be accessed here. The link allows anyone to read the book for free, but it can not be downloaded.   ... Read more..

Created: 2015-09-13 21:57:00 Last updated: 2015-10-05 16:02:53
(Psychological Paradoxes & Puzzles — 11) A Paradox: The gods are real and they are not real If Freud and others are right, it is as if we have two minds, that is two ways of thinking. Typically, one is active at night when we are asleep, while the other is dominant during the day when... Read more..

Created: 2015-06-06 17:51:16 Last updated: 2015-06-25 15:31:40
The Value of Feeling Good We don't want to feel bad and can spend time and money trying to feel better. If we start feeling pretty good, we want to feel better and better and better. Therapists, clergy, politicians, entertainers, insurance salesmen, and many others tell us and sell us... Read more..

Created: 2015-05-28 19:53:02 Last updated: 2015-06-01 13:16:57
What if Brains have Minds of their Own? The study of the brain is, from the point of view of an old-time psychologist, the latest in a line of psychological crazes. Many of the crazes have produced fruit, but none have solved our deepest problems. Unquestionably, neuroscientists have made... Read more..

Created: 2015-01-29 00:18:30 Last updated: 2015-05-31 14:29:15
"He died from old age" = "The Unrelated Symptoms Disorder" People of all ages die of many different things, but it often happens that when an elderly person dies, the doctor can not give a specific cause of death. In such situations we sometimes say, "He... Read more..

Created: 2014-12-24 14:03:26 Last updated: 2015-05-31 14:30:48
Longer Observation (21): Deep Cures: Traditional wisdom says that the Lord heals, not doctors. In our times, when medicine is charging ahead recording remarkable successes in its crusade against suffering, is there any place for this old wisdom? In discussing this question I will be... Read more..

Created: 2014-10-28 23:50:32 Last updated: 2014-11-28 20:30:32
Psychological Exercise 4: If you believed in omens Let's say that you walk outside and see, in a tree across from where you live, 20 or 30 agitated crows, squawking. If you believe in omens, do you think you would take this as a good or bad omen? Read more..

Created: 2013-07-14 11:09:21 Last updated: 2015-05-31 14:41:03
Longer observation (20): Limitations of the DSM-5: Whether or not the newest edition (Fifth Edition) of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual for mental illnesses is an improvement over the Fourth Edition is being debated within the mental health professional community. Which ever side of the debate we... Read more..

Created: 2014-10-18 20:55:47 Last updated: 2015-05-31 14:38:56
Psychological Exercise 1: Experiencing Opposites This exercise, like many that require introspection, is best done at night or in the evening when inactive and when it is quiet. The first part of the exercise is to pick something, anything, and then focus your attention on it. Read more..

Created: 2014-10-12 15:52:56 Last updated: 2015-05-29 19:18:55
muir A Psychological Angle on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Mrs. Muir and her ghost (public domain) Halloween season is here, and T.V. stations are playing films they feel are relevant to this season which includes films about ghosts. There are a number of romances involving ghosts, and one that stands out... Read more..

Created: 2014-08-28 21:57:00 Last updated: 2016-04-03 22:18:05
(Psychological Paradoxes & Puzzles — 10) A Paradox from the Theory of Evolution Read more..

Created: 2014-08-28 21:57:00 Last updated: 2014-11-01 14:31:27
(Psychological Paradoxes & Puzzles — 9) A Paradox regarding Thinking, Depression, & Cheerfulness Read more..

Created: 2014-08-02 21:57:39 Last updated: 2014-11-01 14:26:40
(Psychological Paradoxes & Puzzles — 8) A Paradox regarding Consciousness Read more..

Created: 2014-08-01 22:49:45 Last updated: 2014-11-30 19:57:43
(Psychological Paradoxes & Puzzles — 7) Still more "In-Out" Paradoxes Read more..

Created: 2014-05-25 12:39:16 Last updated: 2014-10-30 20:19:40
The Law of Perspectives: There are two Global Perspectives on Life. "Life is good with painful moments" and "Life is painful with pleasant moments." Read more..

Created: 2014-05-25 15:42:11 Last updated: 2015-05-29 19:19:57
Two Opposite Perspectives on Negative Feelings and Negative Emotions One view of our Negative Feelings and Negative Emotions that is current in psychology is found in many of the classes psychologist take for what we call our “Continuing Education.” It can be stated as follows: Read more..

Created: 2014-03-29 07:33:04 Last updated: 2014-12-20 16:45:17
The Unconscious: The Idea of The Unconscious Freud thought there is an area of our minds that is unconscious. We all speak of Consciousness and Unconsciousness, but Freud spoke of an area that he called the Unconscious. The Unconscious is filled with ideas, thoughts, feelings, fears and anxieties,... Read more..

Created: 2013-12-16 17:38:51 Last updated: 2015-01-27 19:06:43
(Psychological Paradoxes & Puzzles — 6) "Inside" and "Outside": Paradox, Puzzle, Psychological Meditation? Read more..

Created: 2013-12-15 09:11:52 Last updated: 2014-10-30 19:49:41
Introspection If you shut your eyes and notice things going on in your head, chest, and other parts of your body, you are introspecting. Some people are very good at this and will immediately understand exactly what I mean by it. Others won't understand, either because they don't like to introspect... Read more..

Created: 2013-12-09 12:38:20 Last updated: 2015-05-29 19:36:23
Humphrey Bogart in The Petrified Forest film trailer A Psychological Question about the Film Casablanca from the 1936 film Petrified Forest (photo in the public domain) My question is: Why was Humphrey Bogart chosen to play Rick in the film, Casablanca? There must have been commercial reasons involved in the producer, Hal Wallis' choice of Bogart,... Read more..

Created: 2013-07-14 11:09:21 Last updated: 2014-12-01 15:46:01
Longer observation (19): Imagining Ourselves Dying (2): Imagining dying is different than trying to imagine death. Dying is a process; death a state. Here I want to write about a certain type of dying, one where there is no pain, no physical discomfort, and no inconvenience. Here is I am trying to imagine... Read more..

Created: 2013-09-23 08:24:26 Last updated: 2015-05-29 19:23:21
The Error of George Berkeley's Tree in the Park Argument The so-called Tree in the Park Argument or Master Argument of the Irish philosopher, Bishop George Berkeley (1685-1753), has been analyzed and rejected by most philosophers, but it remains intriguing to many lay people. The following is... Read more..

Created: 2013-08-28 16:57:03 Last updated: 2014-12-23 19:44:53
Ambivalence: Any two different organisms have different needs. At times they may function in harmony to get both of their needs met; at times they can't or won't. Read more..

Created: 2013-08-23 07:24:00 Last updated: 2015-05-29 19:25:02
What is an Archetype? — The Connection of Archetypes with Ideas and Universals The word archetype was introduced into psychology by the Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung. Though the word has entered popular jargon and is used by many in the profession, it has negative connotations for many. A clear... Read more..


Created: 2012-04-06 14:58:46 Last updated: 2015-05-29 19:21:51
Tiger Woods, Us, and the Legendary Tiger Woods Read more..

Created: 2011-02-23 15:21:56 Last updated: 2014-10-30 20:24:08
The Law of Limited Knowledge: 1. No matter how smart you are, there is always someone smarter. It follows there is no way, through smartness, to make sure you are not being outsmarted. 2. No matter how sure people are they're right, they may still be wrong. Certainty is a state of mind. It is, perhaps,... Read more..

Created: 2013-03-27 14:51:30 Last updated: 2016-01-11 16:45:42
The Law of Psychological Compensation: Carl Jung thought dreams were often compensations for the attitudes of consciousness. In my experience, there is truth in this view. And the truth seems so widespread that I have come to think of it as a psychological law. I will try to put the difficult idea... Read more..

Created: 1994-07-01 09:58:46 Last updated: 2015-03-13 18:39:15
The Deer as a Symbol Published in Rock Art Papers, Volume 11. Ken Hedges, Editor. San Diego Museum Papers 31,1994 (145-156). Thomas R. Hersh
Los Angeles, California Read more..

Created: 2011-03-25 17:25:53 Last updated: 2014-10-30 19:59:59
Complexes: {tab Introductory Comment} Complexes: An Introductory Comment The idea of Complex was introduced early in the history of psychology and was used extensively until fairly recently. I find it to be useful still, but I divide it up into two concepts. What used to be called complex, I call... Read more..

Created: 1991-03-21 17:18:00 Last updated: 2015-06-23 16:19:19
A Psychological Study of the Mandala in Early Jewish Holy Literature Paper given before the American Academy of Religion, March 21, 1991 and then, later for a sub-division of the American Psychological Association. Read more..

Created: 2011-02-09 07:39:59 Last updated: 2014-10-30 20:13:48
Psychological Types: {tab Introduction} A mouse that can't tell a snake from a branch will die. A snake that can't tell the smell of a mouse from the smell of a leaf will also die. We too need to discriminate between things or we'll die. As soon as we're born we can discriminate the breast and the... Read more..

Created: 2011-03-15 14:55:55 Last updated: 2014-11-19 19:45:40
Law of Condensation: Freud introduced the idea of condensation in his Interpretation of Dreams. Dreams, he found, condensed many aspects of the dreamer's experience into a single image. An image from a dream of one of my patients is a good example. The dream consisted of a single image. The... Read more..


Created: 1983-07-01 12:59:00 Last updated: 2014-10-29 13:52:51
"Dirty" Hands Tom Hersh Published in: Bio-Dynamics: Summer 1983: Number 147, pp 46-48.
Farming and Gardening Association, Inc.
Richmond Townhouse Road
Wyoming, Rhode Island 02898 Read more..

Created: 1991-07-01 16:55:00 Last updated: 2014-10-29 13:57:02
A Psychological Approach to Rock Art: Some General Remarks Published in Rock Art Papers,Volume 8. Ken Hedges, Editor. San Diego Museum Papers 27,1991 (131-140) Thomas R. Hersh Los Angeles, California Read more..

Created: 1992-10-01 09:28:49 Last updated: 2014-10-29 14:15:18
Rock Art and Golems Thomas R. Hersh
Los Angeles, California Published in: Rock Art Papers, Volume 9. Edited by Ken Hedges, San Diego Museum Papers No. 28. Copyright © 1992. San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 E1 Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. (171-182.) Read more..

Created: 1999-01-15 16:23:00 Last updated: 2014-10-29 14:01:43
A Psychological Snapshot of America, January 1999 Published in the Brattleboro Reformer, January 15, 1999 “This is as strange a Maze, as ere men trod.” (Shakespeare, Tempest, v. i. 242) Politicians and news commentators used the word surreal to describe the recent House impeachment proceedings.... Read more..

Created: 1991-03-21 17:18:00 Last updated: 2015-06-23 16:19:19
A Psychological Study of the Mandala in Early Jewish Holy Literature Paper given before the American Academy of Religion, March 21, 1991 and then, later for a sub-division of the American Psychological Association. Read more..

Created: 1994-07-01 09:58:46 Last updated: 2015-03-13 18:39:15
The Deer as a Symbol Published in Rock Art Papers, Volume 11. Ken Hedges, Editor. San Diego Museum Papers 31,1994 (145-156). Thomas R. Hersh
Los Angeles, California Read more..

Created: 1995-05-01 08:27:59 Last updated: 2014-10-29 14:13:14
Freud's Irma Dream and the Possibility of Biochemical Pathways from Diseases to Dreams A later version of this paper was published in Dreaming: Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams, Volume 5, Number 4. December, 1995 (267-287) In the time of sleep ... small impulses seem to be great... Read more..

Created: 1980-10-01 17:21:09 Last updated: 2014-10-29 14:21:04
The Phenomenology of Belief Systems Published in Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Vol. 20, No. 2, Spring 1980, pp.57-68 and in Religious Humanism, Volume 14, Number 4, Autumn 1980, pp.178-187. Read more..

Created: 1991-07-01 07:33:29 Last updated: 2014-11-30 19:46:59
Finding One's Jewish Self Thomas R. Hersh, Ph.D. Published in: Journal of Psychology and Judaism, Vol. 15, No. 2, Summer 1991, pp 89-94. {tab Article Intro} Thomas R. Hersh was born in New York City in 1943 and was raised in California. He has 2 Ph.D.s, 1 in philosophy and one in psychology,... Read more..

Created: 1993-12-24 08:27:00 Last updated: 2014-11-19 23:55:52
Do the Menendez Brothers Reside in Many of Us? Human nature: Few children murder their parents with shotguns, but there are subtler ways of getting rid of people. [Published in: The L.A. Times, December 24, 1993] By Thomas Hersh A patient in a nursing home (call her "Mrs. Kay")... Read more..

Created: 2011-01-21 08:49:15 Last updated: 2014-12-21 19:24:04
The Pain from Tucson Published in the Brattleboro Reformer, January 21, 2011. The killings in Tucson have awakened fear and confusion and pain (and even guilt) in many people. Here I focus only on the pain. Perhaps the deepest pain has come from the story of the nine year old girl. I would guess... Read more..

Created: 1998-06-01 08:55:00 Last updated: 2014-11-05 18:03:17
A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body by Thomas Hersh, Ph.D. Published in: Santa Monica Organic Garden and Nutrition Club Bulletin, June 1998. Volume 37, Number 2, pp. 1-2. (Dr. Hersh, member of our Club, spoke to us on gardening several years [weeks?] ago. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from UCLA and a... Read more..


Created: 2016-01-18 00:00:00 Last updated: 2016-01-18 16:28:46
Short idea (201): We can injure ourselves while we are sleeping.  Read more..

Created: 2016-01-17 00:00:00 Last updated: 2016-01-17 18:54:00
Short idea (200): Perhaps the most seductive things in the world are words — including the words that come into your head.  Read more..

Created: 2016-01-17 00:00:00 Last updated: 2016-01-17 18:59:19
Short idea (199): Many people are running towards something and also running away from something, and they feel they will die if they stop running. Sometimes they are right, sometimes wrong, and sometimes they will die if they keep running. Read more..

Created: 2016-01-15 00:00:00 Last updated: 2016-01-16 01:14:32
Short idea (198): To argue that evil doesn't exist because all it is, is the absence of good (privatio bono) is parallel to arguing that death doesn't exist because all it is, is the absence of life. Read more..

Created: 2016-01-14 00:00:00 Last updated: 2016-01-14 19:03:15
Short idea (197): Things we like and enjoy can be bad for us, including some people we like and enjoy. Read more..

Created: 2016-01-11 00:00:00 Last updated: 2016-01-11 17:00:49
Short idea (196): Every person on earth, I would guess, is, by nature: 1) remarkable, 2) ordinary, and 3) inferior. Through work a fourth state can, if things go well, can be added, and this fourth state can be positive or negative depending on which direction the person exerts his or her energy. ... Read more..

Created: 2015-11-27 00:00:00 Last updated: 2015-11-28 14:43:11
Short idea (195): There are beautiful ideas and there are true ideas. Occasionally we find a beautiful idea that turns out to be true. And, occasionally, we stumble across a true idea that we come to see is very beautiful. Read more..

Created: 2015-10-15 00:00:00 Last updated: 2015-10-15 22:43:34
Short idea (194): Mania and Anxiety can be seen as forms of increased psychological Energy (Libido), that is, excitement. Each can be taken as the opposite of Relaxation. Read more..

Created: 2015-10-15 00:00:00 Last updated: 2015-10-15 22:38:33
Short idea (193): If you believe that there is a religious instinct, then atheism will be viewed as a form of neurosis. It can be seen as a form of hysteria (possibly conversion hysteria) in which one whole chunk of reality is denied. Read more..

Created: 2015-09-29 00:00:00 Last updated: 2016-01-11 16:53:13
Short idea (192): There are two political parties in the United States. Younger members of each party are sure they are right and members of the other party are wrong and maybe even evil. Older politicians may feel this but become more practical and are willing to compromise in order to get anything... Read more..

Created: 2015-09-25 00:00:00 Last updated: 2015-09-27 19:13:51
Short idea (191): There are certain moments when we can become aware of the intimate connection between the Mind and the Body and the World around us. One is when we take an in breath. Another is when we feel our heart beat. Another is when we have a sexual response. Another is when we get furious.... Read more..

Created: 2015-08-02 00:00:00 Last updated: 2015-09-09 05:36:02
Short idea (190): Knowledge and Power: 
The Intellect thinks: "Knowledge is power."
The Imagination, when it experiences Self-Knowledge in itself or in others, thinks: "Super-Power!"
When the Imagination experiences Consciousness, it thinks: "Magic"... Read more..

Created: 2015-08-03 00:00:00 Last updated: 2016-01-20 16:50:00
Short idea (189): We tend to believe "he was a good man": 1. If he was polite to us and 2. if he gave us things or helped us. If he was difficult with others it does not make as great and deep and lasting an impression on us as how he was with us. Read more..

Created: 2015-07-21 00:00:00 Last updated: 2015-07-22 17:28:46
Short idea (188): It seems to me that there is a third option when confronted with an unpleasant situation besides Fight or Flight. There is also Assessment. Assessment includes Stopping, Waiting, Observation, Feeling, Thinking, and Imagining. Read more..

Created: 2015-07-17 00:00:00 Last updated: 2015-07-17 17:16:21
Short idea (187): In my experience everyone is bad. In my experience everyone is good. In my experience, when focusing on the bad of a person, the person is experienced as all bad and when focusing on the good of a person, the person is experienced as all good. In my experience, when focusing on the... Read more..

Created: 2015-07-17 00:00:00 Last updated: 2015-07-17 17:06:07
Short idea (186): Seeing is a power. Seeing "below the surface" is a great power. Read more..

Created: 2015-07-12 20:32:00 Last updated: 2015-07-12 20:50:52
Short idea (185): Hypothesis: Believing in a life after death is as instinctual as eating or breathing. No matter how silly the idea seems to our thinking, no matter how irrational, no matter how vague or self-contradictory, deep down we it is still there. It's as impossible to hold off the... Read more..

Created: 2015-06-26 20:32:00 Last updated: 2015-06-27 16:13:34
Short idea (184): For those interested in experience, there are at least two variables to consider. First is the variety of experience, and this is achieved by living fully. The second is the nature of any individual experience, and this is understood through introspection and meditation. ... Read more..

Created: 2015-06-26 20:32:00 Last updated: 2015-06-27 15:56:00
Short idea (183): People say "Relax!" but this assumes that it is in our power to relax. A Jewish prayer says, "Grant us Peace, Thy Most Precious Gift, Oh Thou Eternal Source of Peace" (Union Prayer Book II). If we think of the word "peace" as being an ancient word... Read more..

Created: 2015-06-26 20:32:00 Last updated: 2015-06-27 15:30:35
Short idea (182): Relaxation is not a "Yes" or "No" thing; it's not that we are either relaxed or not. Relaxation and Tension are two poles of a continuum with an innumerable number of possible positions. There are  degrees of relaxation and degrees of tension. Read more..

Created: 2015-06-24 20:32:00 Last updated: 2015-06-25 15:25:23
Short idea (181): Whatever else is true about Empathy, it requires at least two psychological functions, feeling and imagination (and not just feeling). You have to be able to imagine what it is like to be going through what another is going through, and then you have to be able to respond with the same... Read more..

Created: 2014-12-15 20:32:27 Last updated: 2015-03-16 17:10:26
Short idea (169): Regarding which mattress is the most comfortable: When you are tense and troubled, no mattress feels comfortable. Read more..

Created: 2014-12-15 20:32:27 Last updated: 2015-03-08 19:25:57
Short idea (168): You can make two columns — one for all the things in life that are fun and one for all the things in life that are just work. For many people, as you get older and older, activities that were in the first column when you were younger have to be moved over to the second column.... Read more..

Created: 2014-12-15 20:32:27 Last updated: 2015-02-08 18:18:23
Short idea (167): Speaking as a psychotherapist, I guess that some school shootings and work-place shootings are irrational, incorrect, misguided, illegitimate, and immoral attempts to gain power, respect, and dignity. Read more..

Created: 2014-12-15 20:32:27 Last updated: 2014-12-15 22:26:09
Short idea (166): Do animals have religious experiences (that is, numinous experiences, experiences of the sacred)? Do they have a sense of sacred space, sacred objects, and so on? — This is another way of asking if there is a religious instinct. Read more..

"Big" Dreams

Created: 2013-03-19 10:51:11 Last updated: 2014-10-30 20:41:54
Explanation of the "Big" Dream Section When Carl Jung, the psychiatrist and student and colleague and friend of Sigmund Freud, spoke to a member of a tribe in a remote part of Africa (to which no white man had ever gone), he was told that there are small dreams and big dreams. Read more..

Created: 2013-03-19 10:28:38 Last updated: 2014-10-30 20:31:37
"Big" Dream 1 (March 19, 2013) (from the series of "Big" dreams) This is a dream that came to my attention. I am not sure if it was a pure dream or one of those dream-fantasies that occur while lying in bed, half awake and half asleep. It occurred about one week ago.  Read more..

Created: 2013-08-13 10:33:25 Last updated: 2014-10-30 20:34:15
"Big" Dream 2 (August, 2013) (from the series of "Big" dreams) This is a dream of a patient who was involved in a family dispute that was very troubling to him. It involved his extended family. The members of this family are prominent and are used to being respected, listened to, and even obeyed. In... Read more..

Created: 2013-08-13 10:38:12 Last updated: 2014-10-30 20:35:50
"Big" Dream 3 (September, 2013) (from the series of "Big" dreams) This is not a "big" dream in the sense of its subject being of importance to more than the dreamer. This was not the feeling of the dreamer of me. Rather it is big in the sense that it seems to have a "message" that the dreamer felt... Read more..

Created: 2013-08-13 10:41:03 Last updated: 2014-10-30 20:36:58
"Big" Dream 4 (November, 2013) (from the series of "Big" dreams) This Dream felt like a very big dream to the dreamer. I present it as a kind of quiz. The quiz question is: "Is it a big dream or not?" Read more..

Created: 2013-08-13 10:43:40 Last updated: 2014-10-30 20:38:56
"Big" Dream 5 (January, 2014) (from the series of "Big" dreams) This dreamer was touched by the following dream but was not sure if it was about him alone or had some bigger implications. Read more..

Created: 2014-03-18 10:46:51 Last updated: 2014-12-01 15:47:29
"Big" Dream 6 (March, 2014) (from the series of "Big" dreams) This dreamer is a high-powered businessman who was stressed from his work in finances. He had the following dream (personal details of which I have omitted) which, if nothing else, served to relax him. Read more..

Created: 2016-05-10 10:46:00 Last updated: 2016-05-10 13:31:31
"Big" Dream 7 (May, 2016) (from the series of "Big" dreams) This dreamer is a 73 year old intellectual. He has been quite upset about the rise of Donald Trump to political power. He has consciously connected the rise to the rise of fascism in Germany and Italy and is afraid... Read more..

JMH Essay Contest

Created: 2015-11-22 15:53:38 Last updated: 2016-01-18 17:49:49
LIST OF PRIZE WINNERS and SUMMARY ARTICLE with LINKS TO THE WINNING ESSAYS — 2015   LIST OF PRIZE WINNERS: Those winning the prize of Honorable Mention are, in alphabetical order:
C. M., USA
Sarthak Meher, India
Ioana Meșterelu, Romania
Cassie Monae,... Read more..

Created: 2014-11-13 16:15:42 Last updated: 2016-01-18 17:47:35
2014 Winner List for the JMH International Prize Essay Contest Here is a list of those winning an Honorable Mention Prize (not in any order).
Prizes for First, Second, and Third Places were not awarded this year. Igbokwe Daniel Chinonso (Lagos, Nigeria)
Emeka M. Ekenobi (Onitsha,... Read more..

Created: 2014-11-13 16:39:40 Last updated: 2016-01-24 17:20:04
2014 JMH International Essay Contest — SUMMARY ARTICLE Introductory Thoughts The essayists agreed that anger and violence are serious problems, for the people involved and on the level of society which it can undermine. Strong anger is like a wild-fire; it destroys reason.... Read more..

Two Approaches to Understanding Psychology

via reflection on the world
via reflection on one's immediate experience

   the One   the Whole
the Sacred
the Ordinary
feeling stuck
feelings of failing,        of dying
 waking up — feeling reborn
   focusing   on the self
confronting the   unconscious
the whole person
living in multiple       worlds
learning about     the world
feelings of success,     of the good life

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