Appreciating Your Originality with Thomas Moore, Ph.D.

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With over six billion people on the planet, it's truly a miracle that each one of us is unique. Rather than reveling in our originality, we often stifle the things that make us different in an effort to be accepted or considered "normal." From birth, we get the message that somehow we're not okay just the way we are. As former monk Thomas Moore points out many of us are working overtime to "build and manufacture a self, just as we build and manufacture the world." Moore explores how and why we cover up who we really are and offers a vivid sense of what it means to live with passion and creativity - through following the lead of your authentic self. Learn to love your differences - say good-bye to what you should be and say hello to who you are. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Thomas Moore, Ph.D. was a monk for twelve years, a university professor. He is a musician and a psychotherapist and lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts. He has a Ph.D. in religion from Syracuse University.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why you may regress in order to grow
  • What true intimacy demands
  • Why it's not enough to be tolerant of other people
  • The jewels deep inside the pain of loss
  • What the "predominant anxiety disorder of modern life" is
  • How you can step outside of the box in a culture that wants to keep you there
  • What's more important than health, balance or success
  • Why sex and religion are inseparable
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 3/8/2000        Program Number: 2810