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. We will examine the experience of existential angst, how it takes hostage the soul, and what we can do to overcome it.
Philip Chard is a practicing psychotherapist. He writes an award-winning weekly column titled “Out Of My Mind,” that can be found on his webpage. He is author of The Healing Earth, which won the 1995 Midwest Publishers Award, and Nature’s Ways, which examines the spiritual aspects of nature interaction. Philip is a contributing writer to Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul, has been a guest expert on ABC Television’s 20/20, and has presented at the Brookings Institution, among many other venues.