On episode 33, we welcome existential psychotherapist Kirk Schneider to discuss the sources of the major problems facing our culture: avoidance of negative emotions, fear of facing ourselves and the remnants of trauma, our disconnection from the awe of life, and technology’s influence on our ability to perceive the full complexity of who we are.
Who is Kirk Schneider?
Kirk Schneider is a leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology. He is an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University in California and at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. He is the president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute and a council member of the American Psychological Association. His latest book is The Spirituality of Awe (2019).
Kirk Schneider’s [The Spirituality of Awe is a] provocative exploration of the dangers we face in an increasingly mechanized world…. Although clearly a…warning of serious moral, spiritual, and social danger, the book does not simply content itself with identifying problems and hand-wringing. Schneider provides a number of urgent recommendations for responding thoughtfully and forcefully to the robotic revolution in ways that seek to maintain our humanity, our agency, and sense of spiritual awe in the face of ever-growing threats from reductionist science, consumerism, and materialist social philosophies. Edwin Gant, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
How social media and entertainment affect our lives
We use and misuse social media and entertainment to avoid our lives, living vicariously through others as they pass us by. Stuck on their phones, people miss the breath of life pulsating around them.
And the source of all of that is fear: fear of knowledge and fear of freedom. What would it be like to ask yourself how you’re living? And, what would it be like to discover how you should live? Would you then respond to your inner truth or would you run back and hide away in your smart phone?