Category Archives: Psychology

The Summer of Love, Repression, and Stuff.

Dissatisfaction with the status quo gave birth to our nation, and has been part of our heritage every since. Fifty years ago this summer, this undercurrent burst into the loud and colorful limelight as 100,000 people gathered in San Francisco’s … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – What is your innermost truth?

Knowing our truths is an anchor, a center, a “know thyself” tactic at a time when the new president and his minions are trying to normalize lies as “alternate facts.” Continue reading

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Notes from 2017: Six ways to be miserable (and one way to be happy).

The following aphorisms on traits to avoid were written by Patrul Rinpoche, a 19th c. Tibetan master. A contemporary Tibetan lama, Phakchok Rinpoche, gave a teaching on the text that was printed in Tricycle in January, 2016. Here are the aphorisms: … Continue reading

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My Fulfillment Package

The voice on a recent robo-call, in the masculine-but-chirpy tone of a game show host, said, “Hi, this is Tod, here to tell you your fulfillment package is ready! Having just come from the meditation room, I wondered what kind of … Continue reading

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The medium is…

“The medium is the message”, said Marshall McLuhan in Understanding Media, 1964. Fifty-one years later, I’m still not certain we understand media, but a light bulb went on for me Thursday night regarding McLuhan’s iconic phrase. While watching the Republican … Continue reading

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Inside Inside Out, a review of sorts

In a culture that imagines a sharp mind-body split, it isn’t surprising to see images of a smart inner being controlling our physical “machinery.” Inside Out gives us a committee at the helm. Among feature length movies, it is unique in … Continue reading

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Character

Originally posted on The Ptero Card:
“A man’s character is his fate.” Heraclitus (540 BC – 480 BC), On the Universe “If the final purpose of aging is character, then character finishes life, polishes it into a more lasting image.” James…

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The Soul’s Code by James Hillman

James Hillman (1926-2011), a prolific post-Jungian psychologist, thinker, and cultural critic, wrote more than 20 books, but The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling (1997) is probably his best known work. In a head-on attack upon the reductionist … Continue reading

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