Category Archives: Soul

SHRINKS, SHAMANS, AND THE SHEPHERDING OF THE SOUL

I used to think that referring to psychiatrists as shrinks reflected disrespect based on ignorance. And now? Well, consider for a moment the root word, psyche. It means “soul.” It does not mean what modern psychiatry means by it: “mind.” … Continue reading

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EXCOMMUNICATION AND OTHER CRIMES AGAINST THE SOUL

One thing that religions do well is to create bonds between people. They “bind” us together. Sometimes, though, the bindings become too tight. When they do, people whose thinking does not conform to the letter of their religious communities’ doctrines can … Continue reading

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE SOUL?

To the eyes of many, not where it used to be. One indication is what the “psyche” part of psychology has come to mean. It no longer refers to the soul. Instead, it has to do with observable behavior. Our … Continue reading

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IS IT WELL WITH OUR SOULS?

Of all the books about the human condition written over the past century, one of the most insightful is still Carl Jung’s Modern Man in Search of a Soul. The title is especially worth thinking about. For Jung, psychology and … Continue reading

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FAITH, THE SOUL, AND THE CULTURE OF DISRESPECT

One thing that makes human societies so fragile is their members’ caring too little about others and too much about themselves. And as a result, their losing respect for both. It is no wonder, then, that rage over feeling “disrespected” … Continue reading

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THERAPY, FAITH, AND THE CARE OF THE SOUL

One important question that mental health professionals should be able to address with considerable insight is: What is wellness of soul? Unhappily, their methodologies not only do not allow the question to be addressed; they do not allow it even … Continue reading

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SHRINKS, SHAMANS, AND THE SHEPHERDING OF THE SOUL

I used to think that referring to psychiatrists as shrinks reflected disrespect based on ignorance. And now? Well, consider for a moment the root word, psyche. It means “soul.” It does not mean what modern psychiatry means by it: “mind.” … Continue reading

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