By Lex Bayer, John Figdor
Atheist brain, Humanist Heart asks an important query for the forty five million americans who self-identify as nonreligious: “So, you don’t think in God; now what?” this question is more and more vital, as one-third of teens less than the age of thirty reflect on themselves nonreligious. With a systematic eye and an empathetic middle, the authors flip traditional perceptions approximately atheism on their head. They express that atheism don't need to be reactionary (against faith and God), yet particularly that it might supply a transparent set of optimistic rules to dwell by way of, which identify atheism as a favorable worldview. Following a philosophical technique grounded in common sense and proof, Bayer and Figdor take readers on an inspiring trip to find find out how to reside a cheap, moral, and chuffed lifestyles with no God. The readers are engaged at each step, inspired to self-reflect and finally discover their very own set of non-public ideals.
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They were apt to make remarks such as: ‘I feel I’m not being my real self’, ‘I wonder who I really am’, ‘It feels good to just be myself here’, ‘I don’t want anyone to know the real me’. Such statements obviously indicated that the self was a significant element in the client’s experience and often a perplexing and distressing one. Furthermore, there often seemed to be an implied goal which was connected with the evolution of a ‘real’ self or the aspiration to an ‘ideal’ self. For many clients both states of being seemed equally impossible of attainment.
If the experience of the self and the total experience of the organism are relatively harmonious, then the actualizing tendency remains tolerably unified. If, however, self and organismic experience are discordant then the actualizing tendency will be frustrated to perhaps a damaging degree. For Rogers the tendency to actualize the self is essentially a ‘subsystem’ of the actualizing tendency and one which can become seriously at cross purposes with the inherent drive of the organism as a whole.
The letter makes it clear that Rogers was much concerned to be influential in the whole field of mental health and saw himself as having important theories to convey. It is not going too far, I believe, to detect in him a crusading spirit which saw in the Wisconsin post an irresistible opportunity for spreading the message. The evangelical tradition of his childhood was still coursing in his veins, even if the cause was now somewhat changed. The particular attraction of Wisconsin was that Rogers would have the chance to work in both the departments of psychology and psychiatry.
Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century by Lex Bayer, John Figdor