David answers questions from listeners below:
“I was listening to a Christian based podcast and I started thinking about different cultures and all the different theories people have about life, religion, morals and the best way to live your life. You (Kristin) came to my mind and David because I thought of this after I listened to his show because you both know so many different types of people. Out of all those different types of people, who is the happiest? Who does the most for others? Who spreads the most positivity? Or is there not an answer for that question? How much does religion play a part in it all?”
“What have you experienced in terms of a patient who comes to you with severe mental anguish who seems to merely be figuring out that the construct they’ve been living under is just that – a construct? To the outside world this person is so mentally ‘disturbed’ that traditional psychiatry would have them locked in a mental institution.”
“How much do you think we create our own reality? I find myself having to wear a cloak of ‘fitting in’ with most of society but my escape is to be around people like Kristin or my other friends where I can be whoever I am. The transition from being there and with others can feel like a plane in a downward draft. How do you make those kinds of transitions?”
David completed his undergraduate work at Bennington College, after which he took a Masters in English and Creative Writing at Johns Hopkins University. While working on his Ph.D. at Rice, however, David experienced a turn in his path and left academia to start a business in the so-called real world. All things being equal, David returned to University several years later, in his late twenties – this time to Columbia, where he took an MS in Social Work.
Since that time David has been a practicing psychotherapist, trained in a variety of traditions including intensive practical studies and applications in psychosynthesis and psychoanalysis. In addition to the many peer reviewed articles David has published over the years, he is currently at work on completing the third book of a trilogy, entitled, Changing Thoughtforms: A Study in Imagination and the Repression of the Obvious.