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Seize the Moment Podcast

Jan 29, 2023

On episode 158, we welcome Kirk Schneider to discuss life-enhancing anxiety and how it differs from its everyday counterpart, Kirk’s childhood trauma and his early relationship with his psychoanalyst, the existential unconscious and its inception at birth, the ways we tend to elude negative emotions (like boredom and anxiety), the necessity of forming a national mental health initiative, the ambiguity of existential psychotherapy and why it shouldn’t pretend to answer life’s fundamental questions, the existential ideal being more collectivistic rather than individualistic, and the importance of asking yourself: how am I living and how should I live?

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. is a leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic and existential-integrative psychology. Dr. Schneider was a 2022 Candidate for President of the American Psychological Association (APA), a cofounder and current president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (an award-winning psychotherapy training center), and a two-term Member of the Council of Representatives of the APA. He has written several books including Existential–Humanistic Therapy, Depolarizing America, and the Spirituality of Awe. His newest book, available on February 1, 2023, is called Life Enhancing Anxiety: Key to a Sane World.


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