Courage – with or without doubt?

Courage – with or without doubt?

A prominent existential psychologist, Rollo May, in his book ‘The Courage to Be’, discusses the paradox of courage. The most recent dictionary definition of the term courage states that: ‘it is the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery.’ Therefore if one is to be courageous, how is the fear managed? If the fear is…

Thermodynamics, Family Therapy and Spirituality

Thermodynamics is the study of internal motions of many systems. For engineers, thermodynamics is an integral part of their degree courses. When reading about thermodynamic laws, one in particular caught my eye. The second law of thermodynamics states: “Energy is the ability to bring about change or to do work. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that “in all energy exchanges, if no energy enters or leaves the system, the potential energy of the state will always be less than that of the initial state.” This is also commonly referred to as entropy.” Entropy measures how disordered a system is. Thus this second law highlights that unless…

Paradoxical Loneliness

  There is a paradox around loneliness. When loneliness is understood closely with isolation and alienation, it can lead towards very undesirable places (depression, suicide), but, when understood in the context of a choice to be in solitude, it can also make us better observers of the social world. We can become more perceptive, more…

Identifying Patterns

The human mind will always seek to create order and tends to store repetitive patterns of behaviour and perceptions. One pattern we hold is the self-concept, which we could also call the self-pattern. This self-pattern is similar to what psychologists refer to as ego boundaries. It is derived from of all our experiences, knowledge and feelings about ourselves. Sometimes, if the self concept is rigid where the individual has very strong ideas about who they are, we can find that the individual protects this idea about themselves at all costs, just as instinctively as we protect our bodies from attack. For…