The Busy Brain

By Harold W. Anderson, Ph.D., LMFT When I was a practicing mental health professional, many of my clients would complain about anxiety.  “I just can’t turn off my brain,” they would complain, “My busy brain keeps me awake, floods my waking moments with ominous possibilities and makes my everyday life so problematic it’s affecting myContinue reading “The Busy Brain”

Am I speaking your language?

By Harold W. Anderson, M.A., M.Div., Ph.D., LMFT As with every discipline, mental health and its related fields have developed its own vocabulary.  Learning how to become a mental health professional includes learning how to be comfortable with and utilize this form of discourse.  However, when one moves into the field and begins working withContinue reading “Am I speaking your language?”

Margins Beyond Individualism

By Harold W. Anderson, Ph.D. I recently posted a blog entitled “What does it mean to be a critical thinker?”  One of my readers sent a response written from a Social Darwinism point of view.  This is the response I wrote to his response.  When completed, I thought my response was something I’d like toContinue reading “Margins Beyond Individualism”

What does it mean to be a critical thinker?

When I was growing up, my mom would often tell me not to be so critical.  This was often followed by the refrain “you’re so negative sometimes.”  During my childhood, the idea that being critical is being negative was a powerful influence on my thinking, but it didn’t stick.  As I grew older and beganContinue reading “What does it mean to be a critical thinker?”

The Wisdom of Learning from Our Mistakes

By Harold W. Anderson, M.A., M.Div., Ph.D., LMFT When you have lived 70 years, you would think you would have learned something.  Life experiences are great teachers, but you must be strong enough and willing to listen to them as teachers.  This is not easy.  The problem is, we all want to be right.  WeContinue reading “The Wisdom of Learning from Our Mistakes”

Goodness, not Self-Interest, Is Our Truth

Sermon based on I Peter 1:17-22, written by Harold W. Anderson, Ph.D. on April 18, 1999 Let me begin this morning by telling you several different scenarios.  I want you to think about each one and answer to yourself what you think you would do in these different circumstances.  Here’s the first scenario: You areContinue reading “Goodness, not Self-Interest, Is Our Truth”

Facing the End of Life

By Rev. Harold W. Anderson, Ph.D., LMFT Last March we were bringing our vacation in Maui to a close.  While packing our bags, Becky received a call from Becky’s youngest sister.  Since we were busy packing, Becky let the call go to voicemail and thought she would call her sister back on the way toContinue reading “Facing the End of Life”

From Global Village to Spiritual Village: The Tongues of the Spirit

A sermon on Acts 2:1-21 delivered May 23, 1999 by Harold W. Anderson, Ph.D. Have you heard of the newest gadget?  It’s really cool.  It’s called Robo-Pup, and it was created in Japan by Sony’s research and development labs.  This thing is amazing!  Here’s what PC Magazine had to say about it: Aibo can performContinue reading “From Global Village to Spiritual Village: The Tongues of the Spirit”

The Sermon: A Dialogue of Faith

With the encouragement of my wife, some of my future posts will be edited versions of sermons that I have preached over the years.  Before doing so, I wish to take a moment to briefly express what I believe a sermon to be and what it needs to do. There is…awesome power in a sermonContinue reading “The Sermon: A Dialogue of Faith”

Living with Depression: A Challenge No Matter How You Cut It

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow While some people might feel “down” occasionally, such feelings do not describe the intensity of negative emotions and debilitating effects of depression.  Clinical depression (major depressive disorder) isContinue reading “Living with Depression: A Challenge No Matter How You Cut It”