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By Kirk Schneider, PhD
May 22, 2023
Kirk Schneider has a recent article on the topic of Ernest Becker, Otto Rank and Psychotherapy as “an intimate trio.”
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.
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.”
Recommended Article – Julie Falk of SHP has conversations with six psychologists who represent a broad range of humanistic flavors, including (but not limited to) existential-humanistic, phenomenological, human science, constructivist, and transpersonal.
Kirk Schneider, PhD, Psychologist, EHI President and Instructor, has a new article on his PsychologyToday blog, Awakening to Awe.
The post is entitled, “What the World Needs Now Is ‘Life-Enhancing’ Anxiety” in which he posits that “one of our great problems today is too little of a certain kind of anxiety.”