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2nd International Existential Scholars Presentation Announced

Both Lu Xun and Rollo May are existential thinkers as well as existential literacy figures. They both use metaphors to reflect on human existence. With Lu Xun’s reflection on the Chinese psyche or even the Chinese nation as a whole, he advocates for the destruction of the Iron House to set people free to live as individual humans with respect and dignity. Rollo May, in addressing the perspective of an individual being persecuted by an alienating power, touches on a related fundamental theme of humanity. 

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Becker, Rank, and Existential Psychotherapy

By Kirk Schneider, PhD

PsychologyToday.com
May 22, 2023

Kirk Schneider has a recent article on the topic of Ernest Becker, Otto Rank and Psychotherapy as “an intimate trio.”

Key points:

We must understand our relationship to existence, not only to our parents, culture, cognition, or physiology.

Life-enhancing anxiety is the ability to live with and make the best of the depth and mystery of existence.

A key result of life-enhancing anxiety is awe-based consciousness—a sense of adventure toward all living.

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EHI at Existential World Congress

EHI Board members and students met up with colleagues in Athens, Greece for the 2023 Existential World Congress for 4 days of presentations, symposiums, workshops and Keynotes! Presentations by EHI and Friends of EHI at EWC 2023! What the world needs now: Life-enhancing anxietyKeynote Presented by: Kirk J Schneider, PhD, EHI President, Private Practice, SF, USA Does it grow corn?

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photo showing Vasilis, Nader and Almu before a group of attendees at EHI Europe Intro symposium at the Existential World Congress in Athen Greece May 3, 2023

EHI Europe Introduced At World Congress

During a recent symposium at the Existential World Congress, Almudena Sánchez Mazarro, Vasilis Georgalakis and Nader Shabahangi introduced the newest E-H Therapy organization in Europe! EHI Europe promotes the development of humanistic existential therapists and advocates for a change in paradigm in the way we view and approach therapy.  With training and making use of therapeutic presence we look to

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The Existential Moment: Acknowledge Death

“…it is he who is dead and not I.” 

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy is a powerful exploration of mortality. Through the story of Ivan Ilyich, a successful and respected lawyer, Tolstoy portrays the tragedy of a life lived without acknowledging the certainty of one’s own death. Instead, as articulated in the quote, denial is a staunch ally in the process: others die, not me.

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