What do a school shooter, a corporate swindler, and a bullheaded ideologue have in common? They all converge on what Dr. Kirk Schneider terms “the polarized mind.” The polarized mind, which is the fixation on one point of view to the utter exclusion of competing points of view, is killing us—and has been for millennia. Drawing from the standpoint of existential psychology, this book details the basis for the polarized mind, how it has ravaged leaders and their cultures throughout history (up to and including our own time), and steps we urgently need to take to address the problem. Combining contemporary insights with centuries of cross-cultural, awe-inspired wisdom, Schneider offers solutions to this worldwide problem.
"...one of the great reflections on humanity"
--Alfried Langle, MD, President of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis.
"Enormously important...will be of great appeal...to educated readers about the perils of human life in the 21st century."
--Robert Stolorow, Ph.D., Author of World, Affectivity, Trauma.
"The Psychology of Existence", now available in "publish on demand" through McGraw-Hill Create.
See the feature article in the November, 2011 issue of the American Psychological Association "Monitor" on the "new" Existential-Humanistic Psychology.
See the latest review of Awakening to Awe from Bob Edelstein's article in Psychology Today.
Saybrook University's Kirk Schneider to Give Keynote Address at Conference on Existential Psychology in Eastern Europe
The following link is to a review of Awakening to Awe by Edward Hoffman for The National Jewish Post and Opinion (see p. 16), February 10, 2010 - Download now.
“Awakening to Awe” is an intelligent and inspiring call to revive a sense of mystery. Kirk Schneider draws on the very best of psychological and spiritual thinkers and in plain language shows ways to re-invent this society spiritually. His ideas and style are perfectly suited to this all-important theme.”
Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Writing in the Sand