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Your path to hardcore humanism
Michael Friedman Ph.D.
“That’s always been a scary prospect—the room is horrified by your behavior or laughing at you and you don’t realize it.”
There has to be order in this chaos in order to sustain us, whether it’s conscious or not.
"A classical musician—a violinist—will play a violin concerto, and leave nothing. Just put her entire self into it. That’s what you do with Led Zeppelin’s music."
Laughing at ourselves in those moments of fleeting self-awareness is priceless.
"I have to set my own government first."
"We’re going to find another way to get from point A to Point B and in that route we’re going to detour over here and make it super f*cked up and hit everyone harder."
You know that some people are going to flip out and love it. Some people are going to flip out and hate it.
"I didn’t really know what the hell was happening to me."
"You can figure out how to make yourself whole again."
In theory, being more positive and optimistic can be motivating, but one of the risks is that it may come at the expense of allowing oneself to experience negative emotion.
"And as I look back through my life, the most toxic relationship I’ve had is with myself."
"I don’t care for labels and they don’t mean that much to me."
The Korn guitarist Michael "Head" Welch discusses mental health and his new movie.
“Three chords and the truth is really what it’s about.”
They’re diseases like any other, and they take hold of a person whether they want it to or not.
"Farmers don’t want money. They’re not asking for a handout. They want to know how they can fight the bank."
“The world isn’t just snowflakes and rainbows, man.”
“I’m famous for rape.”
“Religion was more of a fictional art explosion.”
"We’re turning into an industrial hate society."
Sometimes family or friends refuse to believe mental health is a thing.
“It’s totally natural to me to be vegan.”
“Because no one likes nightmares.”
A Ukrainian metalcore band frontwoman confronts despair.
“You can’t say anything’s bad until you’ve tried it.”
"Altruism is the foundation of my recovery and it’s the fabric of everything I do."
Empathy can be a double-edged sword.
If you can share the love and you can share the feeling, everyone’s welcome.
"Politically, I’m a revolutionary."
The music for me is my attempt at immortality.
Michael Friedman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in how social relationships influence mental and physical health.