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Archives for October, 2011

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Mental Health Day: Should It Be Spiritual Health Day?


When we feel depressed, anxious, or distressed, are we mentally ill? Or are we spiritually confused?

Not long ago, I railed against the mental "illness" concept (see The Death of Mental Illness). While it can't be denied that people have problems in the mental sphere, I object to the widespread assumption that they suffer from organic diseases. Yes, symptoms sometimes diminish with pharmaceutical treatment, but that doesn't prove they are caused by...
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Training the Autopilot


How much control do we have over the course of our lives? Is there free will or not?

Sorry, I won't be answering these profound and ancient questions in this short essay. I won't even be scratching the surface of the debate. But my sister died recently, which forces me to look back at past actions. Sadly, it's a discouraging vista: repeated carelessness toward others, frequent outbursts of anger, and chronic negativity....
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Embrace the Inner Angel

Each of us is a saint struggling to manifest.

On my personal blog, I've written about the recent death of my sister. These were personal musings that didn't fit the psychological thrust of PsychCentral. But of course everything that happens can teach us about life and help us grow, so there is something in my recent experience that does belong here. My sister's passing deeply affects me, and there has...
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The Devil Made Me Do It


There's no answer to this question, or rather there are too many answers, but it's still worth asking: Why don't we behave better?

Most of us understand what would make us healthy and happy. We build an image of our perfect lifestyle: eat well, exercise vigorously, do yoga with the sunrise, meditate twice a day, act kindly and helpfully at all times, avoid negativity and pessimism, forgive freely, and so on. We...
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