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May 25, 2012
» Joe Biden on grief
Vice President Joe Biden, in a moving speech to families of fallen troops on Friday, recounted the dark days following the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter and talked about having thoughts of suicide.
This is a really moving piece, but especially for anyone who’s struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide. The thing that pulled Biden out of his depression was when a senator called him and gave him the idea for a grief logbook:
The caller told Biden to start marking in a calendar each day how he felt, and that, after a few months, he would find that he still had dark days but that they would grow fewer and further apart.
“He said, ‘That’s when you know you’re going to make it,’’” Biden said.
Thanks to @michaelschaub for this. Filed under: depression, suicide
Jul 15, 2011
Dec 02, 2010
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Nov 10, 2010
I sometimes think I’m going to write this Phil Collins character out of the story. Phil Collins will just disappear or be murdered in some hotel bedroom, and people will say, ‘What happened to Phil?’ And the answer will be, ‘He got murdered, but, yeah, anyway, let’s carry on.’ That kind of thing.
Oct 13, 2010
Oct 07, 2010
Oct 05, 2010
Not sure what date this panel is from (Jesse! Dude! Attribute!) but this is definitely Schulz speaking:
“I have this awful feeling of impending doom,” he said on “60 Minutes” in 1999. “I wake up to a funeral-like atmosphere.”
Sep 10, 2010
Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl (1946)
This was kind of a special reading experience, because this is my father-in-law’s copy of the 1968 paperback edition, complete with his perfect cursive notes and pencil underlining from when he was a teenager. My wife read the book when she was a teenager, too. When I was reading it, I wished that she’d underlined her favorite passages in a different color pencil, and then I would underline my favorite in yet another color, and we’d have this mini rainbow of underlines, showing what we each took from it. Maybe someday our kids could pick another color…
Viktor Frankl’s 1946 book Man’s Search for Meaning chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate and describes his psychotherapeutic method of finding a reason to live. According to Frankl, the book intends to answer the question “How was everyday life in a concentration camp reflected in the mind of the average prisoner?” Part One constitutes Frankl’s analysis of his experiences in the concentration camps, while Part Two introduces his ideas of meaning and his theory of logotherapy.
My favorite passage in the book, on the tension between what we are and what we should become:
…mental health is based on a certain degree of tension, then tension between what one has already achieved and what one still ought to accomplish, or the gap between what one is and what one should become. Such a tension is inherent in the human being and therefore is indispensable to mental well-being. We should not, then, be hesitant about challenging man with a potential meaning for him to fulfill. It is only thus that we evoke his will to meaning from its state of latency. I consider it a dangerous misconception of mental hygiene to assume that what man needs in the first place is equilibrium or…a tensionless state. What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task.
May 09, 2010
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