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Psychological Perspectives: Creativity

Creativity and human nature are almost synonymous. That’s because people are creative in almost every moment. We tend to think of creativity in terms of great painters, musicians, or outstanding...

 

Psychological Perspectives: Changing climate

The title of this column can be understood from several different points of view. For example, most often environmental changes that engulf the planet come to mind. There also is the environment that...

 

Psychological perspectives: personality influences

Personality characteristics are complex. We live with our personalities without giving them much consideration but that’s an unconscious (not aware) way to live. Here are some ways to become more...

 

Psychological Perspectives: Mind and Body – A Unity?

We know we possess a body. That’s obvious. All we need to do is look in a mirror or at a part of our body, like an arm, to realize this. We also know we have a mind, which, again, is obvious since...

 
 By Ken Silvestro    Opinion    May 11, 2023

Psychological Perspectives: Telling a symbol from a sign

Why is it important to know the difference? It’s due to the fact that life is full of experiences, both while we’re awake and sleeping. Reading, watching a movie, reviewing a dream, fantasizing,...

 

Collective Dreams

It’s time to return to the importance of dreams. Dreams are common nighttime experiences, as common as our daytime experiences. The problem is that we don’t easily remember dreams, not as easily... Full story

 

Ego: Identity and much more

I've described a person's ego (identity and I-ness) in many ways over the years. I'm returning to the ego today because the ego is responsible for so much of a person's conscious (aware) psychology...

 

Enantiodromia

What a strange word! It originated with the ancient Greeks, and although unfamiliar to most of us, its meaning is critical. Do you remember the old grandfather clocks with a pendulum? The pendulum...

 

When We Change

By Ken Silvestro, PhD There is a sense that the earth we stand on is becoming soft and muddy, that the foundation on which we function each day now has holes or is not solid. The feeling is one of...

 
 By Ken Silvestro    News    October 20, 2022

Psychological Perspectives

By Ken Silvestro, Ph.D. I want to introduce the idea of psychological proof. Why, you might ask? Well, because it differs from scientific proof, which is the well-established, standard way of proving...

 

Egos everywhere

I've often referred to a person's ego as values, beliefs and identity. Now, we can experience ego and these characteristics first-hand in our social lives. Today, there is an enormous divide between...

 

Controlling Personalities

I think we all know what it means to control a situation or a pet. Basically, it means the person expressing control dominates through commands, ideas, behaviors and aggression. And control can be...

 

When the Shadow Appears

Previous articles described the dark side of the personality or the shadow. Since each person possesses a personal and collective psychology, the shadow has two forms: the personal and the...

 

Variations in Consciousness

In past articles, I presented conscious and unconscious parts of our psychologies in many different ways. Believe it or not, there are still many other ways to describe and discuss these critical parts of human nature. In this article, I thought...

 

Denial

Denial is word commonly used in the therapeutic world because many people deny their surrounding reality and their emotions. It is important to ask: Why is denial so common and what does that really...

 

Increase Our Quality of Life - Accept Sewer Initiative

SEELEY LAKE - Most of us living in Seeley Lake share some common values: independence, some desire to be isolated, appreciation of nature and security for our families and homes. These are important...

 

Strength or Consequences

When people experience crises, such as the fire crisis in Seeley Lake or the loss of a loved one, there can be a variety of reactions. One of the most common reactions is to avoid their psychological...

 

Psychological Complexities

This past week, a reader asked me a question. The question was basically the following: I'm really good at what I do for living. So why do I dislike it? The answer can vary from person to person and...

 

Procrastination or Caution?

Many people experience frequent excessive delays in life or the inability to make a decision, as well as to complete or begin projects. There can be many different psychological reasons for these...

 

Rituals and Psychology

Rituals surround us every day in small and big ways. In a previous article, I described that our morning and evening routines are rituals. Of course, we never think of our routines as rituals because...

 

Aliens Have Arrived! Or Have They?

What is paranoia and how can we recognize it? Let's begin with the emotional side of paranoia. In the last article, the emotion of fear was central to the topic of superstition. Again, fear is...

 

Superstition and Psychology

We might ask if superstition is actually related to psychology. The answer to this question simply requires an understanding that everything a person does, thinks and feels is related to psychology. Psychology is the foundation of human nature and...

 

Habit, Ritual or Disorder

Have you ever found yourself performing a particular behavior and immediately repeating it, or thinking about something that was followed by a specific behavior, and repeating the combination at...

 

What is Maturity?

There are several common answers to this question. For example, an older person is mature. Or, a person who is wise is mature. Another common belief is that a moral person is mature. Although there...

 

Behavior or Psychology

Many people see behavior, or the way we function in life, as an answer to all our problems. In other words, if we change our behaviors, we can change our concerns or problems. Of course, there is...

 

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