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Stories We Live By

The Stories We Live By


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Retelling our own life stories that are creative and hopeful rather living as victims and in despair.

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The self exists as experience, as observer, actor and the recipient of the actions of other selves. How identities are defined can control what actions we take, how we are treated by others and the very perceptions at the heart of the self.... more

We all feel we have a self. Early philosophers posited that the soul was sort of a secularized soul that was real and ultimately would be found in the brain. New age mental health workers also argue that we all have a real self that... more

I'm finding the world I live in to be ever more technically sophisticated and just beyond my abliity to fully cope. I often feel anxious and angry when confronted with simple life problens that are now beyond my understanding and skill level.... more

How do we understand the experience and behavior of a person who is physically an adult but still thinks and feels like a child? What can we expect of such an individual when given great power either through inheritance or by social... more

How do we define a monster? What is a superhero? Why are we increasingly preoccupied with fearsome monsters and superheros? What is the relationship between human beings and monsters? Are monsters ever human beings and... more

I suggest that religious stories might involve gods, God, or be completely secular in nature. Religious stories are invested with both explanations of how the world works and how life should be lived. The religious explanations that describe,... more

My show has always been about the stories we live by. I have discussed how they are constructed, how they are peopled, their content, and their developmental level. I have discussed scientific stories, religious stories, democratic and... more

If the title of this episode sounds like someone you might know you are probably right. One of the more overlooked emotions in psychology and the genesis of what might be termed pathological behavior is shame. Shame is a powerful,... more

The labels we use to define mental disorders and illnesses are nothing more than moral judgments of patterns of behavior that someone finds disturbed and/or disturbing. Like all patterns of human behavior they are the best adaptations any... more