Slang for therapist, shrink is an intriguing word; rather it is a fascinating image. One story goes that it arose from phrenology, the study of head size and shape and its correlation to personality. You go to a shrink to have your head examined and undesirable qualities shrunk. That’s one way the image plays out. […]
Language embodies imagination; its diastole and systole, its expansion and constriction. Our proclivity for constricting imagination by turning everything into literal noun-things lives in grammar. To see how this plays out, let’s track how the phrase ‘the unconscious’ can open to imagination or turn what began as an experience into a thing. Some emerging psychological
A friend reported the following experience: “Being an empath can be an odd thing…I was introduced today to an art exhibit photo of two wall clocks hung side-side-side and synchronized.(1) I was asked what I thought it was about. I teared up and cried, with no idea as to why. I didn’t feel any emotion
Let’s say you invest yourself in a task that calls for some resourcefulness. You run into an impasse. Working more and working harder get you nowhere. You concede the futility of more of the same and admit you lack some unknown something to move forward. You try to let it go for a while. You
Mark 1:15 says “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” Do you see it there before you? It takes eyes of faith to see the kingdom of God that is at hand. You’ve heard “seeing is believing.” It’s practically the Apostle Thomas’ motto.