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Existential Vulnerability

The Existential Crisis of the Half-Awake State

Amanda Glassman | Posted 03.29.2015 | Science
Amanda Glassman

It's 3 a.m., and my mind is moving at hyperspeed. Plagued by the same thoughts, at this same inconvenient time: Where is my life going? Am I using these precious seconds, minutes, days right? How am I giving back to the world? AM. I. ADEQUATE?

The Boston Marathon Bombing as a Collective Trauma

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 06.19.2013 | Crime
Robert D. Stolorow

A tragedy like this brings us face-to-face with our existential vulnerabilities -- vulnerabilities to harm, death, and loss -- and the existential vulnerability of all those we love and, perhaps worst of all, the limitedness or our ability to protect them.

Gun Control and the Slaughter of Innocents

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 02.14.2013 | Crime
Robert D. Stolorow

In the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, there are two differing ways in which human beings can react to feelings of unspeakable horror and powerlessness in the face of the slaughtering of innocent little children.

What Did We Learn From 9/11?

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Robert D. Stolorow

Human beings have great difficulty accepting and dwelling in such existential vulnerability. We fall into what the philosopher Martin Heidegger called idle talk.

Trauma, Death, and Resurrection: A Russian-American Conversation

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Robert D. Stolorow

(An invited conversation between myself [RDS] and Russian social philosopher and journalist Sergei Roganov [SR].) RDS: You were kind enough to contac...

The Meaning and the Rhetoric of Evil: Auschwitz and Bin Laden

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Robert D. Stolorow

Is there an alternative to ideological illusion and the rhetoric of evil? Yes, there is. We must remember our common human vulnerabilities and bring them into a collective conversation within which our existential anxiety can be held and better borne.

Death and Resurrection

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 07.03.2011 | World
Robert D. Stolorow

The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 was a devastating collective trauma that inflicted a rip in the fabric of the American psyche. In horrifyin...

The Lesson of 9/11

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert D. Stolorow

The attack of 9/11 shattered our collective illusions of safety, inviolability, and grandiose invincibility, illusions that had long been mainstays of the American historical identity.

Collective Trauma and Existential Anxiety

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

In my efforts over the last two decades to grasp the nature of emotional trauma (, I have shown ...

Blues, Trauma, Finitude

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

With roots in African music, the blues was born in the Mississippi delta as a distinctively African American musical genre in response to the de-humanizing traumas of slavery and its aftermath.

'Empathic Civilization' in an Age of Trauma

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert D. Stolorow

If we can help one another bear the darkness rather than evade it, perhaps one day we will be able to see the light.