Sort by:

Exploring America's Crisis of Identity

For the Field of Therapy, Group Identity is an Unexplored Territory

Michael Ventura • 11/27/2017

By Michael Ventura - What might therapists contribute to understanding and healing the intense political polarization going on all around us? We came across an unusually prescient article by longtime contributor Michael Ventura that still offers a provocative perspective on our current cultural ferment. We've republished it—and provided an excerpt in this blog—in the belief that, in some ways, it still seems as relevant today as when it first appeared 10 years ago.

Daily Blog

Of Us and Them

Updating Our Picture of Who We Are

Michael Ventura • 11/1/2017

It seems clear that to understand America’s crisis of identity—the fundamental changes that have occurred in the last few generations, and the thoughts and emotions that ensue from them—you need to know more of America than just its affluent coastal cities.

Magazine Article

An Awareness of the Soul

What Does It Mean to Really Get in Touch with Yourself?

Michael Ventura • 9/21/2017

By Michael Ventura - When I was 5 years old, I experienced something that made me feel viscerally, mentally, emotionally, and inescapably connected to everything and everyone around me, while feeling what I can only describe as a sense of privacy so deep and unassailable that "loneliness" doesn't begin to describe it. Thirty-five years later, I felt it again.

Daily Blog

Why Do We Find Sexuality Scary?

Uncovering the Sexual Secrets We Keep from Ourselves

Michael Ventura • 4/6/2017

By Michael Ventura - Sexuality is scary because it's where we meet ourselves most directly, without filters, without verbiage, and, if we go far enough, without fixed roles. It's where we meet ourselves with and through the Other—this Other with whom we journey into the realm; this Other, a partner as fluid we are.

Daily Blog

We Weren't Meant to Live in "Screenworld"

Why Therapy is the Counterculture We Need

Michael Ventura • 3/17/2017

By Michael Ventura - Nowadays, you see screens at checkout counters and laundromats, in restaurants and waiting rooms, and on the dashboards of cars and in their back seats. Isn't there something peculiarly disembodied about it? How does one find or grow a sense of centeredness amid this continually shifting screenscape? Psychotherapy, by its nature and purpose, is Counter-Screenworld.

Daily Blog

Confronting Western Definitions of Sexuality and Intimacy

Michael Ventura on Sexuality and Romance as a Personal Journey into the Self

Michael Ventura • 11/18/2015

Today, sexuality still seems to be a territory as private and filled with fear as ever it was. We haven't advanced far in our ability to talk of our own sexuality one with another. Part of what makes sexuality scary is that it's a realm all its own: one in which the rational and the measured are overwhelmed and subsumed. It's where we meet ourselves most directly, without filters, without verbiage, and, if we go far enough, without fixed roles. It's where we meet ourselves with and through the Other, a partner as fluid we are.

Daily Blog

How Psychotherapy Helps Us Recover the Beauty in Our Lives

Questions for Helping Therapy Clients Reclaim Meaning

Michael Ventura • 5/7/2015

Many walk into the therapist's consulting room exactly at the moment that they have been stripped to the core of their being. While not at the physical meeting-point of life and death, they are often at its emotional and spiritual equivalent. One element they seek and are desperate for is beauty; they present a situation that's cut them off from experiencing beauty. All of which leaves us facing one piercing question: What is beautiful in your life? The therapist-client relationship is just about the last functioning shared space in this country where this question can be asked and, more important, heard. Which is why it's so crucial that therapists find a way to ask it.

Daily Blog

Therapeutic Mindfulness in an Age of Interruption

Michael Ventura on Achieving Mindfulness in a Distracted World

Michael Ventura • 3/5/2015

We speak about “the present moment” and the ability to be fully present, and we claim a sort of smudgy understanding of what that means. But what is “the present moment?” Americans have heard and used these phrases for about 40 years, as Eastern and New Age concepts influenced psychology and other ologies. But obviously, once you delve into it, now isn't as exact a word as it appears. Plus, it isn't so easy to "live now" in a multimedia, interactive era of cell phones and pagers in which we're expected to be constantly available. To buck the odds takes courage.

Daily Blog

Appointments With Yourself

Don't Mistake Your Schedule for your Life

Michael Ventura • 1/4/2015

We speak about “the present moment” and the ability to be fully present, and we claim a sort of smudgy understanding of what that means. But what is “the present moment?” Americans have heard and used these phrases for about 40 years, as Eastern and New Age concepts influenced psychology and other ologies. But obviously, once you delve into it, now isn't as exact a word as it appears. Plus, it isn't so easy to "live now" in a multimedia, interactive era of cell phones and pagers in which we're expected to be constantly available. To buck the odds takes courage.

Daily Blog
Copyright:
4/9/2013
Authors:
MICHAEL VENTURA, PHD
 
DANIEL J SIEGEL, M.D.
 
ROBERT SCAER, MD
 
REID WILSON, PH.D.
 
DOUGLAS FLEMONS, PHD, LMFT
 
STEVEN HAYES, PH.D.
Product:
NRC095571
Type:
$39.99 USD
Page 1 of 3 (23 Items)
Copyright:
4/9/2013
Authors:
MICHAEL VENTURA, PHD
 
DANIEL J SIEGEL, M.D.
 
ROBERT SCAER, MD
 
REID WILSON, PH.D.
 
DOUGLAS FLEMONS, PHD, LMFT
 
STEVEN HAYES, PH.D.
Product:
NRC095571
Type:
$39.99 USD
Copyright:
4/8/2013
Authors:
MICHAEL VENTURA, PHD
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
JAY LEBOW, PHD
 
BARRY JACOBS, PSYD, LP, DBTC
 
MARIAN SANDMAIER, MA
 
TERRY HARGRAVE, PHD
 
WALTER LOWE, MD
Product:
NRC095567
Type:
$39.99 USD
Copyright:
3/19/2013
Authors:
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
MARY SYKES WYLIE, PHD
 
CHRISTOPHER K GERMER, PH.D
 
JAY LEBOW, PHD
 
LORNE LADNER, PHD
 
MICHAEL VENTURA, PHD
Product:
NRC095566
Type:
$39.99 USD
Copyright:
3/19/2013
Authors:
DAVID WATERS, PHD
 
JAY EFRAN, PHD
 
MITCHELL GREENE, PHD
 
BRAD SACHS, PHD
 
MARY SYKES WYLIE, PHD
 
MICHAEL VENTURA, PHD
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
Product:
NRC095564
Type:
$39.99 USD
Copyright:
1/28/2013
Authors:
MICHAEL VENTURA, PHD
 
PRISKA IMBERTI, LCSW-R, BCC
 
TAZUKO SHIBUSAWA, PHD, LCSW
Product:
NRC095577
Type:
$39.99 USD
Page 1 of 1 (5 Items)

Exploring America's Crisis of Identity

For the Field of Therapy, Group Identity is an Unexplored Territory

Michael Ventura • 11/27/2017

By Michael Ventura - What might therapists contribute to understanding and healing the intense political polarization going on all around us? We came across an unusually prescient article by longtime contributor Michael Ventura that still offers a provocative perspective on our current cultural ferment. We've republished it—and provided an excerpt in this blog—in the belief that, in some ways, it still seems as relevant today as when it first appeared 10 years ago.

Daily Blog

An Awareness of the Soul

What Does It Mean to Really Get in Touch with Yourself?

Michael Ventura • 9/21/2017

By Michael Ventura - When I was 5 years old, I experienced something that made me feel viscerally, mentally, emotionally, and inescapably connected to everything and everyone around me, while feeling what I can only describe as a sense of privacy so deep and unassailable that "loneliness" doesn't begin to describe it. Thirty-five years later, I felt it again.

Daily Blog

Why Do We Find Sexuality Scary?

Uncovering the Sexual Secrets We Keep from Ourselves

Michael Ventura • 4/6/2017

By Michael Ventura - Sexuality is scary because it's where we meet ourselves most directly, without filters, without verbiage, and, if we go far enough, without fixed roles. It's where we meet ourselves with and through the Other—this Other with whom we journey into the realm; this Other, a partner as fluid we are.

Daily Blog

We Weren't Meant to Live in "Screenworld"

Why Therapy is the Counterculture We Need

Michael Ventura • 3/17/2017

By Michael Ventura - Nowadays, you see screens at checkout counters and laundromats, in restaurants and waiting rooms, and on the dashboards of cars and in their back seats. Isn't there something peculiarly disembodied about it? How does one find or grow a sense of centeredness amid this continually shifting screenscape? Psychotherapy, by its nature and purpose, is Counter-Screenworld.

Daily Blog

Confronting Western Definitions of Sexuality and Intimacy

Michael Ventura on Sexuality and Romance as a Personal Journey into the Self

Michael Ventura • 11/18/2015

Today, sexuality still seems to be a territory as private and filled with fear as ever it was. We haven't advanced far in our ability to talk of our own sexuality one with another. Part of what makes sexuality scary is that it's a realm all its own: one in which the rational and the measured are overwhelmed and subsumed. It's where we meet ourselves most directly, without filters, without verbiage, and, if we go far enough, without fixed roles. It's where we meet ourselves with and through the Other, a partner as fluid we are.

Daily Blog

How Psychotherapy Helps Us Recover the Beauty in Our Lives

Questions for Helping Therapy Clients Reclaim Meaning

Michael Ventura • 5/7/2015

Many walk into the therapist's consulting room exactly at the moment that they have been stripped to the core of their being. While not at the physical meeting-point of life and death, they are often at its emotional and spiritual equivalent. One element they seek and are desperate for is beauty; they present a situation that's cut them off from experiencing beauty. All of which leaves us facing one piercing question: What is beautiful in your life? The therapist-client relationship is just about the last functioning shared space in this country where this question can be asked and, more important, heard. Which is why it's so crucial that therapists find a way to ask it.

Daily Blog

Therapeutic Mindfulness in an Age of Interruption

Michael Ventura on Achieving Mindfulness in a Distracted World

Michael Ventura • 3/5/2015

We speak about “the present moment” and the ability to be fully present, and we claim a sort of smudgy understanding of what that means. But what is “the present moment?” Americans have heard and used these phrases for about 40 years, as Eastern and New Age concepts influenced psychology and other ologies. But obviously, once you delve into it, now isn't as exact a word as it appears. Plus, it isn't so easy to "live now" in a multimedia, interactive era of cell phones and pagers in which we're expected to be constantly available. To buck the odds takes courage.

Daily Blog

Appointments With Yourself

Don't Mistake Your Schedule for your Life

Michael Ventura • 1/4/2015

We speak about “the present moment” and the ability to be fully present, and we claim a sort of smudgy understanding of what that means. But what is “the present moment?” Americans have heard and used these phrases for about 40 years, as Eastern and New Age concepts influenced psychology and other ologies. But obviously, once you delve into it, now isn't as exact a word as it appears. Plus, it isn't so easy to "live now" in a multimedia, interactive era of cell phones and pagers in which we're expected to be constantly available. To buck the odds takes courage.

Daily Blog
Page 1 of 1 (8 Items)

Of Us and Them

Updating Our Picture of Who We Are

Michael Ventura • 11/1/2017

It seems clear that to understand America’s crisis of identity—the fundamental changes that have occurred in the last few generations, and the thoughts and emotions that ensue from them—you need to know more of America than just its affluent coastal cities.

Magazine Article

Journey to the In-Between

Adventures in the Realm of the Senses

Michael Ventura • 11/1/2009

While so much about sexuality is brazenly public these days, we haven't advanced very far in our ability to talk about what we find most terrifying about our own sexuality.

Magazine Article

Screenworld

Reality isn't what it used to be

Michael Ventura • 1/1/2009

Today we engage the world more often through screens than face-to-face. Without planning to, we've become citizens of Screenworld, a collective state of mind that's profoundly altering our orientation toward reality.

Magazine Article

The New Social Mind

Immigration and Our National Identity Crisis

Michael Ventura • 5/1/2008

In our globalized, muticultural world, the individual and the family can no longer be understood solely as separate, discrete entities. Psychology must undertake an immense intellectual task if it's to remain relevant and applicable: to understand how the intersection of personal and group identity has changed and is continuing to evolve.

Magazine Article

Appointments With Yourself

Don't Mistake Your Schedule for your Life

Michael Ventura • 11/1/2006

The search for the elusive experience of being "in the moment" isn't as complicated as you think. All it takes is a cup of tea, a walk, a question, a blessing, and a bit of appreciation.

Magazine Article

The 8-Minute Cure

Can Watching Dr. Phil Change Your Life?

Michael Ventura • 7/1/2005

Phil McGraw, or Dr. Phil, seems not to be "on television," but rather to emanate from television. Authoritative and comforting, he confronts victimhood with what's become his signature phrase, "Get Real." But what's the reality behind "get real"?

Magazine Article

Across the Great Divide

Middle Age in the Rear-View Mirror

Michael Ventura • 1/1/2005

As they've aged, the Boomers have kept redefining previous generations' ideas about the stages of the life cycle. But while the pop bromide may insist that "50 is the new 30." when you're pushing 60, you're no longer middle-aged: you're about to be old.

Magazine Article

The Experience of Soul

Listening for Life's Transformative Moments

Michael Ventura • 9/2/2003

We interact with others through the medium of our identity; without it, I lost the capacity to interact and was suddenly beyond the reach of my family and my friends, who I felt were relating to a "me" that no longer existed. Even the art of writing, to which I'd devoted my life, seemed an empty exercise; I continued to write because it's my livelihood, but now the voice of my writing seemed the voice of a stranger--which was very nearly unbearable.

Magazine Article

Beauty Resurrected

Awakening Wonder in the Consulting Room

Michael Ventura • 1/2/2001

Many walk into the therapist's consulting room exactly at the moment, and because of the moment, that they have been stripped to the core of their being. While not at the physical meeting-point of life and death, they are often at its emotional and spiritual equivalent. One element they seek and are desperate for, one element they usually feel they've lost, is beauty; they present a situation that's cut them off from experiencing beauty. They may not articulate it that way, but that's what's going on.

Magazine Article

In the Marriage Zone

When We Are Two

Michael Ventura • 11/1/1988

Marriage is the most dangerous form of love. Count the casualties and you know. It turns many people to stone. We all have seen that. Our society is cracking under the weight of many stone-lives. We all know that. But will we, or will we not, discover all that a man and woman can be? Marriage is not the answer, but it is the most demanding way to live the question.


Magazine Article
Page 1 of 1 (10 Items)
Michael Ventura's biweekly column appears in the Austin Chronicle.