Sin, Guilt and Psychopathology Revisited

O. Hobart Mowrer, the noted psychologist, reminds us of the inextricable interrelationship between sin, guilt and psychopathology. In brief, we commit sin; we feel guilt; we punish ourselves. As I ponder Mowrer’s notion, it occurs to me that the commission of a sin does not, necessarily, need to occur first. Nothing prevents an individual who feels...
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"Writing on the Wall"

I recall applying for an internal management position at my then place of full-time employment almost thirty years ago. My friendly competition included two candidates, both of whom, I often professionally supervised on an informal collegial basis at their request. Of the three applicants, I was the only one to have been credentialed with a doctora...
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Winners and Losers

The problem with “winners” is that the “losers” almost invariably seek revenge and retaliation.   And when the “losers” eventually become the “winners,” the process recapitulates itself, ad infinitum. Human beings seem to innately discern, very quickly, what is deemed to be “fair” or “not fair.”   When someone believes they have been trea...
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“, for now.”

No matter what major, moderate or minor crisis, challenge or conundrum you face in any area of your life, please consider adding the words “, for now” to the end of any thought or communication about your problem or concern. The phrase, “, for now” is a constant reminder that when “stuff happens,” it is usually reasonable to expect that any “hope, ...
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"Feelings Aren't Right"

“Feelings aren’t right.” They simply exist to orient us to what we need, want or require. Affective experience is an ontogenetic precursor to cognition. Developmentally, feelings occur long before our thinking with language is possible. As such, feelings are pre-verbal and pre-logical. Again, they simply exist to orient us to what we need, want or ...
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