New Articles on Depolarizing America

We are sharing a newly published article here- a substantive piece on “how to depolarize America” and what needs to be done to get there from the Urbana-Champaign Gazette. Includes interviews with Kirk Schneider and eight colleagues who specialize in organized efforts to build bridges among divided cultural and political groups across America: This is the 2nd part in a series written by editor Jeff D’Alessio – read Part I here.

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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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book cover Life Enhancing Anxiety by Kirk Schneider

New Book by Kirk Schneider Released Feb 1st!

Life-Enhancing Anxiety makes a bold proposal: It is not less anxiety that we need today, but more, at least of a certain kind of anxiety. Life-enhancing anxiety is the invigorating degree of anxiety needed to become passionately engaged, ethically attuned, and creatively enriched. Set against our anxiety-avoidant times, life-enhancing anxiety enables us to “live with and make the best of the depth and mystery of existence.”

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