People today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for

The title of this article was taken from a quote by the Austrian Psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl (1905 ~ 1997). He developed the theory and practice of logotherapy, which became known as the “third school” of Viennese psychotherapy (the “first school” being that of Sigmund Freud and the second that of Alfred Adler). A survivor of the Holocaust, Frankl became …

It’s never too late to find love

This article is in answer to a reader who is a 35-year-old male. Although I am addressing him, the principles I write about apply equally to men and women. So, if you are a woman, please change my gender references to make the article meaningful to you. Our reader writes, “I would love to have a girlfriend to spend time …

Loneliness is a feeling

Loneliness is one of the scourges of humanity. It seems to affect everyone regardless of age or ethnicity. Whether you’re a PhD or high school dropout, rich or poor, you’re equally vulnerable. What exactly is loneliness? It is a FEELING that intimacy, understanding, friendship, and acceptance are missing from one’s life. It is a FEELING of isolation or separation from …

How can I be in the pink when I feel blue?

Why am I in the dumps? How come I feel blue? I’m depressed, not in the clinical sense, but in the everyday usage of the word; you know, I’m experiencing “the blahs.” Why is this happening? After asking so many questions, it’s only fitting that I provide some answers. So, I’ll explain why I and others feel blue, why it’s …

What’s the point of it all?

A bright, 21-year-old university student asked me to comment on a few points. 1. “Although you have written extensively about fear of one’s OWN death, I couldn’t find anything about the ever-looming fear of others’ death. You see, I read in a web forum a statement that shocked me. It said: ‘The most painful part of the death of loved …

How does one live life without the fear of death or injury?

We all have to die someday, if we live long enough (Dave Farber) Yes, we all have to die someday. This fact strikes fear in the hearts of many. But some fear is both natural and acceptable, for it is a mechanism designed by nature to protect us from taking unnecessary risks. But in some people, the fear rises to …

Fear’s purpose isn’t to defeat reason, but to assist it

One or more thieves tried to break into the house of one of our readers. They had already removed two windowpanes and were about to enter the house; however, when our reader, a young wife and mother, went to investigate the noise, they fled. This is the first attempted break-in she experienced. Understandably, the discovery of her own vulnerability shocked …

The dominion of opinion

When we dream during our sleep, we live in another world. Although everything seems real in our dream, it is a false reality. Everything we hear, see, and do is false, a mere figment of our imagination. Imagine never awakening from your dream and never knowing the real world. It’s a horrible thought isn’t it? Yet, many people have never …

Not living your dreams because you’re living your fears?

When you were a child, did you believe in ghosts? Were you frightened by ‘strange’ sounds in the night? If so, the fear you experienced was real. So were the physical effects: a dry mouth, a racing heart, and perspiration. Yet, your fear owed its existence to something unreal. Your fear, like the ghost you were frightened of, was nothing …

We communicate our love by showing or proving it

They do not love who do not show their love (William Shakespeare) Are you in love? Perhaps you have a sweetheart, are engaged or married. If so, how do you express your love? In the United States, partners do not hesitate to say “I love you.” Not only is it common to exchange these words daily, but sometimes they are …