Interpreting Dreams: the Jungian concept of compensation

My close friends and family know that I have been a dream analysis junkie for about the last 3 years. It started after reading Freud’s “The Interpretation of Dreams.” I came away from the book fairly discouraged from ever getting into dream analysis because of the sheer volume and complexity of the material. My impression […]

Marriage is an Icon of Salvation: a needed perspective in the debate over same-sex marriage

As a blogger who writes on both theological and psychological themes it seems inevitable that I would have to join the discussion on same-sex marriage. I have avoided it like the plague because, well… it is a plague; it’s a guaranteed lose-lose outcome for someone like me. From a religious standpoint I am an Orthodox […]

A Brief View of the Orthodox Use of Symbols

Recently I’ve been reading a fascinating book called “The Art of the Icon,” by Paul Evdokimov, which presents a theology of beauty from an Orthodox Christian perspective. As a relatively recent convert to the Orthodox Church (nearly 5 years, i.e., just long enough for one to realize how much he doesn’t know) I am always […]

Why tension-free living is a terrible goal

Those who follow much of the current pop-psychology and religious thought might be under the impression that perfect, unending peace of mind is the assumed goal for everyone; that one must strive to conquer one’s inner conflicts to such an extent that stress is altogether eliminated. Ridiculous! If tension-free living is your goal get ready […]

The most important thing when talking to your kids about death

Think that children don’t think about death? Think again. An abundance of research has shown that death can often be a pervasive concern for young kids. If you are a parent who has not had dreaded ‘death discussion’ with your child just wait, it’s coming. And it will probably come at a completely unexpected moment. […]

Transcending Workplace Discrimination: an Orthodox Christian Perspective

I had before me what I thought was a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with a top-notch counseling team at a renowned cancer treatment hospital for my counseling internship. In reality, I would soon come to understand that I was about to enter a minefield of anti-male bias that would tax me in […]