Who am I? Dan Dolderman: Human. Psychologist. Author. Social Change and Communications Specialist. Nature lover. Teacher. Amateur forager. Dungeon Master.
Why should you read my blog? Because you are interested in finding solutions to the challenges of your personal life and the problems of the world. Or, because you are intellectually curious and you like things like Psychology, global issues, complex systems, healing, and….stuff like that.
What is this blog about? Whatever Reality-at-large funnels through my consciousness! But more specifically:
- Environmental Issues
- Social Revolution
- Personal Growth
- Trauma and Healing
- small, minor things…like, I don’t know, the meaning of life?
So, welcome! Thanks for reading my work, and please, leave comments and share your thoughts!
One of my friends recently told me about your blog. And I am so glad that he did!
We are both students of yours. I’ve been meaning to let you know that taking your 3rd year Positive Psychology changed my life. You have inspired and given me a positive and meaning-seeking perspective on life when you taught me about happiness, especially mindfulness and meditation, back in 2013.
I share similar sentiments and worries about the near future of our planet. I have in my head that the planet may become uninhabitable in the next 70 years or so. I try not to think about it. I’ve been channeling the sense of urgency into writing, connecting, sharing, and teaching.
I’m, relatively, confident to say that I’m speaking for the majority of the students that you’ve taught over the years: You have changed our minds — you have changed our lives, even though our planet is burning and dying faster than you can order a Double Quarter Pounder at McDonald’s on a busy Tuesday afternoon, your legacy and your teachings are living within us and through us.
Even though our planet may be ending sooner than we both would’ve liked if it continues on its current trajectory, I am going to try in all of my best efforts to create and co-create as much positive change as possible. I’ve taken on the mantra: The world is on fire and it’s dying. So what? What am I going to do about it?…
If I ever procreate, and my children’s children still have a planet to call home, I’ll make sure to teach my children about happiness, kindness, mindfulness, awe, beauty, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion. Well I suppose I would teach them those qualities anyways even if the world is ending…
Thank you, Professor! Keep on sharing your thoughts and insightful words.
Your loving student,
Hey Kevin! …..wow….. Like, seriously, what else can a person say after a message like THAT? I am sorry it took me so long to reply! Ironically enough, you caught me in mid-depression, tbh, and I took a bit of a hiatus from the blog. But I came back just a few minutes ago to check it out, assuming it would have been pretty dormant these past months, and BAM, your message. Wow. You totally made my day.
And yes, oh man do I ever hear you. Loud and clear. The fate of our collective home is so damn heart breaking, but I completely agree with your way of reframing this. It’s like, regardless of what happens, the choice is the same — what do I do now? How do I live my values now?
I often think back to our conversations in Pos Psych about meaning, and particularly the Viktor Frankl discussion, where we talked about how, even in the midst of horrendous circumstances, like a concentration camp, there is still the possibility of finding meaning, because ultimately “meaning” is not some quality external to the individual, but rather it is an experiential reality that comes from facing the responsibility of being an autonomous being and having to choose how to live in the world. Facing up to this choice, courageously and with integrity is, I truly believe with all my heart, what “meaning” is all about. And yeah, I think about that quite a bit in this downward-spiraling world. It doesn’t give me hope….far more important, it gives me a sense of commitment. And THAT can carry you through anything.
So thank you, SO MUCH, for sharing your thoughts with me here and telling me what that course, all those years ago!!!!!, meant to you. I really appreciate it.
Hey Dr. Dan!
It’a been a real long time since we’ve spoken and I have been listening to your podcasts lately. You are incredibly raw as usual. The courage and truthfulness you display is evident & so fucking refreshing! I wanted to say how thankful I am of you & your essence.
Miss you lots.
Hey Renata! Wow, long time no hear! It’s so nice to hear from you again! I had no idea you had tracked down my blog…that’s so cool! Thanks for the comment, and I look forward to chatting sometime! 🙂
Hi Dan, I volunteer with a local environmental group called Carbon Conversations TO. Our goal is to help individuals find the motivation to reduce their carbon footprint by working through the challenges and emotions causing environmental inaction. Our work is based off of the Carbon Conversations materials developed by Ro Randall (psychotherapist) and Andy Brown (engineer) from the UK. I think our volunteer work aligns with your interests and expertise and I would like to share it with you! I hope we can connect.
Hi Tara! Thanks for reaching out; I checked out Carbon Conversations Toronto, and I am sincerely impressed with your work! I’d love to talk with you about your ideas and, if possible, help! Please feel free to send me an email — email@example.com. Cheers!