Saturday 21 April 2018

Short Observations

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JMH International Essays — Announcement

Original Essays on the Psychology of Anger and/or Violence 

We thank all those who have submitted an essay to the JMH International Prize Essay Contest. As of now, February 1, 2017, we have decided not to continue with the contest.

For those who feel they have an important contribution to the subject of the Psychology of Anger and/or Violence, please feel free to submit your essay with the form provided here. If the judges agree that the essay is a significant contribution, we will publish it here (subject to agreement with the author).

We include here links related to past essays — For the 2014 contest, click here for the summary article and here for the list of winners; for the 2015 contest, click here for the summary article and the list of winners; and for the 2016 contest, click here.

Longer Observations

Submission Form — JMH International Essays
on the Psychology of Anger and Violence




Essay Format




Submission Form






There has not been a World War in almost seventy years, but anger and violence still exist.

There are regional wars, terrorist attacks, inter-national and inter-racial and inter-religious wars.

There is the ongoing danger of nuclear attacks.

Within the United States there are gang shootings, school and other mass shootings, and there continues to be physical and verbal abuse within families and bullying at schools.

It is possible that human nature itself makes anger and aggression necessary. This may be an human version of the tension between opposites visible throughout all of nature.

Even if this is true, It is also possible that some aggression can be prevented. If there is hope for the level of anger and violence in the world to go down, understanding of the roots and source and nature of anger and violence and aggression should be useful and even necessary.

In the United States, after each school shooting, there is a nationwide discussion of the causes of violence and of ways to prevent it. Psychologists are always given a prominent role in these discussions. Many argue that giving more money for psychological and psychiatric research and psychotherapy will help with the problem, but the sponsors of this contest do not feel that piling up more and more research studies and doing more and more psychotherapy is enough to solve the problem. The causes are deep, both in the world and in ourselves, and it seems as if there needs to be more searching in the deepest and darkest regions before we can come up with any sort of reasonable plan.

The sponsors believe that psychology has a role in these proceedings but that we are still at the beginning of our understanding.  

It seems there are no experts in this discussion. New insights can come from the laboratories or from psychotherapy treatment rooms, but they can also come from any person on earth who has looked deeply into him or herself, into others, and into the surrounding world. 

It is in this spirit that the sponsors of this contest are asking for submissions from anyone at any place in the world who feels he or she can contribute to our psychological understanding of anger and violence.

Submissions can express personal insights based on the introspection of the author or from the author's perceptions of the psychology of those around him or her. It can express insights about how religious, economic, cultural, national, and international factors influence our psychologies with respect to anger and/or violence. On the other hand, submissions can be based on research studies.

It is the hope that a growing understanding in this area can eventually lead to some diminishing of the dangers in the world for ourselves, for our children, and for our children's children.


Essay Format

There are two formats that will be accepted:

Format 1. Essays in English.

They must be typed or pasted into the Submission Form below.

(They have to be in English, because the judges only read and speak English).


Format 2. Media presentations.

Any media presentation must last no longer than five minutes.

The presentations, if verbal, must be in English or have English subtitles.

They must be uploaded via the Submission Form.



1. Essays may be submitted at any time. We hope to read them as soon as possible after we receive them.

2. Please submit an essay only if you feel you have a significant contribution to make to this year's subject and if the subject touches you and moves you to write. [The goal is to help with the problems of anger and violence in the world and in ourselves and our relationships.]

3. No plagiarism is allowed. However, with the proper acknowledgements, you may submit essays that summarize, in a creative way, the ideas of other people.

4. If there are quotations and/or the use of other people's material, Citations and Bibliography are required.

5. There can be more than one author for a submission.

6. If the judges, upon careful consideration, do not find that an essay or media presentation will be useful to readers of this site, they will decide not to publish it here. There decision is final.

7. No reward or prize will be given for publication of any essay.

8. All essays will remain the property of the authors. If an essay is selected for publication, before it is published the writer will be contacted to assure that both the publisher and writers agree as to the conditions.

9. Submissions will not have been published or accepted for publication or submitted for publication at the time of their submission to this contest. (An exception will be for publications on an author's own website where no money has been charged for the essay.)

10. Any questions or problems regarding the submissions may be expressed to the sponsors through the Contact Form of this website. If at all possible, these concerns will be addressed and corrected.

11. Please note that no feedback on individual submissions will be possible. The judges wish they could respond individually to each submission. This would be ideal but not possible.


Contest Restrictions

The contest is open to anyone in any of the countries serviced by PayPal or Western Union except for the following:

1. The contest is not to be used by someone to express anger or advocate violence against anyone (or anyones) of any country, tribe, race, or religion. And it is not open to anyone who is found to advocate such things or is a member of a group that advocates such things.

The goal of submissions should be to help all who are interested, to understand the nature of and source of anger and violence in our own psychologies.

2. The prize can not go to anyone known to be in an organization on the United States list of terrorist organizations or to anyone for whom the sending the prize would constitute a violation of the laws of the United States or of the country of the submitter or of accepted International Law.

If it turns out someone is in such an organization or has an intent to harm the United States or any of its citizens, they will forfeit any prize they might win or have won, and the information they give may be turned over to authorities in accordance with law.

To see an example (but not all examples) of the type of law to which submitters must agree to obey, click here.



As stated, essays will be read in the order they are received. We will make every attempt to read them and notify the author(s) as soon as possible.


Submission Form

JMH International Essays on the Psychology of Anger and/or Violence


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