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The Beauty Within: Honoring a Psychology of Arriving…

Inspirational Quote It is the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see. ― Henry David Thoreau Philosophical Food For Thought Our mind’s eye filters the perceived reality we create. I should have (fill in the blank), …

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Friendship, Parenting, and Personal Development: Exploring the Myth of Psychological Ascent

Inspirational Quote We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Franklin D. Roosevelt A Depth Psychology Perspective Being a father of two wonderful boys, I am often reminded of this most simple, yet complex question. What is my job as a Father? Harmon Killebrew , …

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The Descent Within

Inspiration “A fall from such a height is rarely straight downwards. Victor Hugo The Philosopher’s Corner A wise man, well, Forest Gump, once said, “life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” There is such beauty in the simplicity of this quote, wouldn’t you agree. If we break it …

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Emotional Ascent: Daedalus and the Labyrinth of Thought

Inspiration Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. Norman Vincent Peale Food for Thought In today’s podcast, I begin a psychoanalytic exploration of the Myth of Daedalus, who in his brilliance, built a labyrinth so twisted for his king, not even he could find a way out of its …

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The Ascent of Spring

Inspiration No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. Hal Borland Food For Thought Spring is here. On the drive to work this morning, I saw the almond and cherry trees’ beauty blossom, the birds chirped, and I was reminded that the beauty of spring is finally here. What beauty there is in the …

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Myth as Technology and Dream!

Inspiration Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response. Arthur M. Schlesinger Food For Thought Modern myths abound. Who do your children idolize? Police Officers, Firemen, Doctors, Sports Stars, YouTubers, or Professional Video Gamers. The ideals behind myth form the foundation of our psychological development. These ideals are also …

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Public Myths, Private Dreams

Inspiration Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths. We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell Food For Thought In today’s podcast, I explore the depths of symbolism behind our private dreaming and the collective myths to …

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The Wayward Soul

Inspiration The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. Michelangelo Food For Thought I have often been seduced by the moonlit sky. Even as an adult, it could hold my attention for hours. That …

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Practical Parenting: I’m Bored

I think it’s necessary to let kids get bored once in a while – that’s how they learn to be creative. Kim Raver My son recently came to me the other day, telling me, “Pappa, I’m bored.” My heart sank. As a psychotherapist, I know that boredom is the primary way children communicate their feelings …

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Wise Old Bear…

Inspirational Quotes Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh) Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something. A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh) A Father’s Guide to Wisdom In all its complexity, sometimes the world needs the simple answers of a wise old bear. …

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Dr. Thomas Maples: Crossroads

In Requiem of a Dream

Inspirational Quotes The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were. John F. Kennedy Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A …

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Dr. Thomas Maples: Curiosity... A Whole New World of Possibility!

Dream On… To Harness Your Inner Joy

Inspirational Quotes Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. Joseph Campbell Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging. Joseph Campbell A Father’s Guide to Wisdom It is human nature to take the path of least resistance. But this rarely works to …

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