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Psychology of Aging (continued) Mental Well-Being
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”               - Carl Jung
On Hillman, Moore, Jung, and Hermes I don’t know where to start when attempting to describe the work of the late American Psychologist James Hillman, who has had a great inspirational influence on me.  I learned of him a few years back through reading Thomas Moore’s work, a good deal of which has been influenced by Hillman. In between reading several of Moore’s popular books, including his very recent Ageless Soul: Living a Full Life with Joy and Purpose, I have read two of Hillman’s books, The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling, and very recently The Force of Character and the Lasting Life.  I’ve also started to watch and listen to some of his lectures and interviews via You Tube, and I have read a good number of his essays. READ MORE
Scholars on Aging Series: Early Studies on the Psychology of Aging So far my excursion into the psychology of aging as it relates to older adults has introduced me to several interesting scholars who have been writing about how we can continue to progress toward higher and more widespread levels of human flourishing. READ MORE
Why Isolation Does Not Have to Kill You, Despite What the Research Says As a home-office-based freelance writer, long periods of solitude spent in deep work comes with the territory. There are times when I will not have a conversation with anyone other than my wife for an entire week. I’ve adapted to this kind of lifestyle, and I like it. Solitude is not a sad affair for me. I have freely chosen to live a life in which I am alone for long periods of time. I am not lonely, however. READ MORE
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How R U Aging? For a refreshingly optimistic point of view concerning our aging selves, see the late Dr. Gene D. Cohen’s book, “The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain.”  Cohen was a popular and highly respected psychiatrist from the 1970s until 2009 when he died too early of prostate cancer at the age of 65. He is best known for his work in the area of positive elder well- being. Through his extensive study in the field of positive aging; his prolific amount of writing, editing, and publishing; and his 35 years of experience as a prominent psychiatrist for older adults, Cohen became widely known as an expert on how creative, intellectually engaged pursuits can ultimately contribute to a rich and rewarding senior life. READ MORE
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Growing old with love, loneliness, sadness, happiness, and work Love. . . What a word! Here’s my problem with it: I take that word very seriously and use it only when I have a very strong relationship with anything – you, this, or that. Many people, if not most people, freely use that word. They typically use it indiscriminatingly, however, but they still use it many more times than I could even imagine. Hence, when someone says “love” to me about anything, I have learned that it really does not mean what I define the word as meaning. READ MORE
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16 Best Practices that Help Bring Contentment in Old Age Reaching early old age, which I personally define as 60, is both a happy and sad time. The only thing, really, that makes it stand out is the realization that your body is changing in ways that are not exactly pleasurable. If you’re lucky, your mind stays the same as it was, let’s say, on average, when you were in your early 20s after you have pretty much established what you believe in. You still think along the same lines. You still strive to get better, to produce what your skills are pushing you to produce. You keep your younger heart. READ MORE
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Perspectives on Rising Depression and Anxiety Among Teens and Young Adults Why It’s Happening and What Can Be Done About It Instances of severe depression and anxiety have been increasingly upsetting the lives of teenagers and young adults in the twenty-first century. The reporting and research on this topic over the past several years reveals a continuous, multi-level cautionary tale about the seriousness of troubling times young people are experiencing today in record numbers. READ MORE
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Psychology of Aging (CONTINUED) Mental Well-Being
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”               - Carl Jung
On Hillman, Moore, Jung, & Hermes I don’t know where to start when attempting to describe the work of the late American Psychologist James Hillman, who has had a great inspirational influence on me.  I learned of him a few years back through reading Thomas Moore’s work, a good deal of which has been influenced by Hillman. In between reading several of Moore’s popular books, including his very recent Ageless Soul: Living a Full Life with Joy and Purpose, I have read two of Hillman’s books, The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling, and very recently The Force of Character and the Lasting Life. I’ve also started to watch and listen to some of his lectures and interviews via You Tube, and I have read a good number of his essays. READ MORE
Why Isolation Does Not Have to Kill You, Despite What the Research Says As a home-office-based freelance writer, long periods of solitude spent in deep work comes with the territory. There are times when I will not have a conversation with anyone other than my wife for an entire week. I’ve adapted to this kind of lifestyle, and I like it. Solitude is not a sad affair for me. I have freely chosen to live a life in which I am alone for long periods of time. I am not lonely, however. READ MORE
Hope for an Afterlife: A Depth Psychology Point of View Perhaps the most prodigious of all hopes in life is our preoccupation with what comes after we have lived our life in full. We hope there is something more, something that transcends all the materialistic facts about our molecules and atoms and the ultimate death of our brains, something beautiful and meaningful that our conscious and unconscious minds have been touching upon throughout our days on Earth. READ MORE
Jung, Hillman, Moore afterlife
How R U Aging? For a refreshingly optimistic point of view concerning our aging selves, see the late Dr. Gene D. Cohen’s book, “The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain.”  Cohen was a popular and highly respected psychiatrist from the 1970s until 2009 when he died too early of prostate cancer at the age of 65. He is best known for his work in the area of positive elder well- being. Through his extensive study in the field of positive aging; his prolific amount of writing, editing, and publishing; and his 35 years of experience as a prominent psychiatrist for older adults, Cohen became widely known as an expert on how creative, intellectually engaged pursuits can ultimately contribute to a rich and rewarding senior life. READ MORE
afterlife
Growing old with love, loneliness, sadness, happiness, and work Love. . . What a word! Here’s my problem with it: I take that word very seriously and use it only when I have a very strong relationship with anything – you, this, or that. Many people, if not most people, freely use that word. They typically use it indiscriminatingly, however, but they still use it many more times than I could even imagine. Hence, when someone says “love” to me about anything, I have learned that it really does not mean what I define the word as meaning. READ MORE
afterlife
16 Best Practices that Help Bring Contentment in Old Age Reaching early old age, which I personally define as 60, is both a happy and sad time. The only thing, really, that makes it stand out is the realization that your body is changing in ways that are not exactly pleasurable. If you’re lucky, your mind stays the same as it was, let’s say, on average, when you were in your early 20s after you have pretty much established what you believe in. You still think along the same lines. You still strive to get better, to produce what your skills are pushing you to produce. You keep your younger heart. READ MORE
afterlife
Perspectives on Rising Depression and Anxiety Among Teens and Young Adults Why It’s Happening and What Can Be Done About It Instances of severe depression and anxiety have been increasingly upsetting the lives of teenagers and young adults in the twenty-first century. The reporting and research on this topic over the past several years reveals a continuous, multi-level cautionary tale about the seriousness of troubling times young people are experiencing today in record numbers. READ MORE
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