48 episodes

'The Curious Mind' is a podcast by psychologist, psychotherapist, and Buddhist scholar Dr. Gabriel Ellis. In essays and interviews we cover a wide range of psychological and social topics with depth and complexity.

For more information and therapy requests see https://www.gabriel-ellis.com/

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'The Curious Mind' is a podcast by psychologist, psychotherapist, and Buddhist scholar Dr. Gabriel Ellis. In essays and interviews we cover a wide range of psychological and social topics with depth and complexity.

For more information and therapy requests see https://www.gabriel-ellis.com/

    48. How to Talk to Children about War

    48. How to Talk to Children about War

    After Putin's attack on Ukraine parents are faced with the issue of explaining to their children what is going on. This is a short primer with background information and practical examples.  

    For more information see https://www.gabriel-ellis.com/ and for therapy sessions contact me at therapy@gabriel-ellis.com

    • 22 min
    47. Viktor Frankl and Man’s Search For Meaning, Pt. 2 - Logotherapy

    47. Viktor Frankl and Man’s Search For Meaning, Pt. 2 - Logotherapy

    After we introduced in the first part Frankl and his classic book "Man’s Search For Meaning" we now focus on the therapeutic method he established. We discuss the main priciples of Logotherapy, its philosophy, application, and limits in the therapeutic practice.



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    • 53 min
    46. Viktor Frankl and Man’s Search For Meaning, Pt. 1

    46. Viktor Frankl and Man’s Search For Meaning, Pt. 1

    In this episode we introduce Frankl's classic title "Man’s Search For Meaning", the historical background, and the existential aspect in psychotherapy. While existential philosophy has been known since the mid 19th century through thinkers like Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Dostoevsky, the existential aspect has been introduced into psychotherapy only later - most prominently through Viktor Frankl. He was an Austrian Jewish psychoanalyst who had to endure for years the imprisonment in concentration camps, which strenghthened his focus on the meaning of life and its application in psychotherapy, which later came to be known as Logotherapy.

    For an outstanding description of the living conditions in Auschwitz see: Hermann Langbein "People in Auschwitz".

    And if you wonder about how prisoners in concentration camps dealt with their faith I can recommend the thesis of Flavia Giuffra: “Was God Behind the Barbed Wire? An Inquiry into Jewish Faith and Practice in Auschwitz”

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    • 58 min
    45. Therapy Recoding Series: "Hanni", Session 3

    45. Therapy Recoding Series: "Hanni", Session 3

    In this concluding session with "Hanni" we reflect on how to get away from the pain which comes from a lack of appreciation. Hanni wishes to be emotionally independent and yet finds herself feeling hurt, which in turn creates one of the mind-loops which keeps up the pain at the background of her mind. One pragmatic idea we discuss is to visit some sort of support group, which has the advantage of the company of well-meaning people in a safe space which makes it relatively easy to open up. On a more profound level I suggest Hanni to go to the point of pain (for example "maybe I'm not worthy of love") and to first of all acknowledge that this is what she feels - and thus to benefit from the strength and self-appreciation that comes with such an honest look at those voices within her that crave for recognition and yet she intuitively so much wishes to eradicate.

    For more information see https://www.gabriel-ellis.com/ and for therapy sessions contact me at therapy@gabriel-ellis.com

    • 1 hr
    44. Therapy Recoding Series: "Hanni", Session 2

    44. Therapy Recoding Series: "Hanni", Session 2

    As it became clear in the first session, Hanni struggles with feelings of self-criticism which work in the background of her mind and color her mood and experience negatively. Yet, these feelings are rarely in the foreground and it is thus not clear to her what the content of the self-criticism actually is. Hanni sometimes sees that in the background the mind is actually repeating uncomfortable situations on a loop, but it's difficult for her to catch and remember them. I encourage Hanni to bring those loop-memories to the foreground and and write them down in order to find out which set of convictions they are feeding. In this session we also see that Hanni sometimes disconnects: her mind is occasionally blocked in the first half, and she has difficulties to get out of it and articulate herself. Such issues of disconnect in-the-moment would be essential to investigate within a longer-term therapy, but preparing our mere three-session-arch we agreed not to work on such deeper issues and to focus on more pragmatic emotional, cognitive, and communicative aspects instead.

    For more information see https://www.gabriel-ellis.com/ and for therapy sessions contact me at therapy@gabriel-ellis.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    43. Therapy Recoding Series: "Hanni", Session 1

    43. Therapy Recoding Series: "Hanni", Session 1

    This is the first of three sessions with Hanni, an expat living in Western Europe. She's in her early 40s and currently single. She struggles with her past and a mental setup that leads to several issues, for example self-judgment, a sense of isolation, and persistant feelings of discomfort. In such a case we of course don't have the expectation to solve these issues in three sessions. But it might be interesting for the listeners to get a glimpse into a complex case and how to reflect it. In this first session we start to explore these topics and see which themes emerge as the most important ones.

    For more information see https://www.gabriel-ellis.com/ and for therapy sessions contact me at therapy@gabriel-ellis.com

    • 1 hr