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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I Might Just Piss You Off!

Not that I wish to offend, but sometimes I must. The truth hurts and so, too, does a lie. “Mirror, mirror on the wall...” am I the fairest one of all? Of course you are! After all, who wouldn’t see just how very special you are? Except for the fact that you are not always right. Or good. Or kind. Or considerate. Or respectful. In fact, sometimes, y...
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Foundational Algorithm of Healing and Growth

Over the course of my career as a clinical psychologist, I have thought very deeply about progress, regress and stasis. Why do some people go forward, others go backward, others still go nowhere at all? Additionally, what is elemental about the process of authentic psychotherapeutic intervention, as well as, personal mentoring which is key for any ...
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"Time Heals" Absolutely Nothing!

It is said that “time heals all wounds...” But I know that “time heals” absolutely nothing! Time is a very clever hypothetical construct. It can be defined in a great many ways... But it must not be defined in all ways. There is a certain palpable relativity... To the absoluteness of the construct. If you think about it a little bit... I think you ...
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