About the Author

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D.

is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary humanistic psychology. Dr. Schneider is current editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook Graduate School, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. He is also a Fellow of three Divisions of the American Psychological Association (Humanistic, Clinical, and Independent Practice).

Dr. Schneider has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited eight books, The Paradoxical Self: Toward an Understanding of Our Contradictory Nature (Humanity Books, 1999; translated into Portuguese and Slovakian), Horror and the Holy: Wisdom-teachings of the Monster Tale (Open Court, 1993), The Psychology of Existence: An Integrative, Clinical Perspective, coauthored with Rollo May (McGraw-Hill; currently being translated into Chinese Short-Form), The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology: Leading Edges in Theory, Research and Practice coauthored with J. Bugental and F. Pierson (Sage Pub., 2001, 2002); Rediscovery of Awe: Splendor, mystery, and the fluid center of life (Paragon House, 2004), and Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy: Guideposts to the Core of Practice (Routledge, 2008; currently being partly translated into Russian).

Dr. Schneider is the 2004 recipient of the Rollo May award for “outstanding and independent pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology” from the Humanistic Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. Most recently, Dr. Schneider conducted Existential Therapy for an APA video series on psychotherapy called “psychotherapy over time” and with Dr. Ed Mendelowitz, completed the chapter on Existential Psychotherapy for Corsini and Wedding’s Current Psychotherapies (8th ed.). Dr. Schneider’s most recent books are: Existential-Humanistic Therapy (co-authored with Dr. Orah Krug) in press (due in the summer, 2009) for the American Psychological Association Monograph series, to be sold together with Dr. Schneider’s video conducting Existential Therapy, and Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation, Jason Aronson publisher (also due in summer, 2009).