360 of Compassion

Relating to Whatever Is Alive

Some rescue dogs. I rescue garlic. When I see a sprouting clove I find it really hard to chop it up. I think: "Just like me, you little bastard, you wanna see the " And I feel compelled to rescue it. Surely, it is compassion (identification) that borders on neurosis. Everything can be in excess, even compassion. This Jain wanna-be knows But then again I take the tribute by callously biting off...
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Regret is a Verb

Some people say: "I have no regrets."  But I don't buy it.  Regrets are not had.  Regrets are done.

If you are one of these zero-regrets people, try the following: try to regret - and when you do, you'll see that you will - if...
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The Esperanto of Empathy


Stumbled upon this amazing video on Facebook.  A Facebook friend commented: "People are beautiful." Yes, they are.  I think - and this might be overly optimistic of me to say - this kind of beauty of empathy can be leveraged from just about anyone...
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Self-Cleaning Streets of Space

A NASA scientist recently said that we are within a decade or so of discovering alien life.  She clarified - no, not the little green men but just microbial alien life.  Yesterday elsewhere I read that complex organic molecules have been detected in a (far away) "infant star system."  What this means, seems to me, is that it's inevitable that one of these days we - yes, we ourselves - will be discovered by...
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Reichian Reification

Fritz Perls

Nouns exist. But objects that nouns refer to - don't. There are no objects in this Universe - only processes. But human mind loves to reify - to turn a process into an object. It's simpler this way. Processes are dynamic and, thus, fickle. Objects, on the other hand, are static, immutable constructions - and, as such, are easier for the mind to handle. Once we objectify a process, once we...
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Plane Crash in the Alps, Andreas Lubitz – Narcissism, Not Depression


[originally published on 3/28/15 on PsychCentral and HuffPo 9removed from HuffPo by editor on 3/28/15)]

When I read about the crash of the Flight 4U 9525 in the Alps, particularly, about the 8 minute long ominous silence from the cockpit and that even breath, I had a clinical hypothesis: narcissism.  I shared this with a fellow psychologist, who said: "Why?! Maybe it was a psychotic "

As you probably know from the recent reports, a conclusion emerged...
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