Of all the emotions that drive human behavior, fear can be the most potent and debilitating. It can control and even destroy a person’s life. One particularly challenging variant of fear is “existential angst,” which is primarily a spiritual malady rather than a psychological one. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought this affliction to the forefront of many lives. We will examine the experience of existential angst, how it takes hostage the soul, and what we can do to overcome it.
After 32 years as President and CEO, Philip recently retired from Empathia, Inc., a behavioral services firm providing health, safety and productivity solutions for over 400 organizations across North America. He remains a practicing psychotherapist who, for over 34 years, wrote an award-winning weekly column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel titled "Out of My Mind,” now published in the Shepherd Express. Philip is author of The Healing Earth, which won the Midwest Publishers Award, and Nature’s Ways. His next book, which is a compilation of his newspaper columns, is due out next year. Philip has been a guest expert on ABC’s 20/20, presented at the Brookings Institution among many other venues, and keynoted dozens of national conferences. Also, he is a consultant to the Center for Healthy Minds, a world class neuroscience research program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that studies the constituents of well-being. Previously, he was Director of Behavioral Science Education at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, where he was an associate professor and received the Outstanding Faculty Award.
Service Leader: Mary Honegger
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