I have had this blog now for about a year. My posts have been on a variety of topics, mostly psychology related, but pretty random in their subject matter. After much thought, I have decided on a new purpose for the blog. I want the blog to reflect my deepest purposes and convictions as a psychologist, which includes identifying, defining, and explaining the ideas, skills, and actions necessary to achieve and sustain happiness. My main goal as a psychologist has never been to just eliminate a problem or ease someone’s pain. These are fine goals and necessary for happiness, but not enough on their own. They are negatives, and the removal of a negative doesn’t necessarily lead to a positive. It only leads to a neutral state. My goal is to advocate for the ideas and actions necessary to have a happy, passion-filled life, and to be critical of any ideas, theories or actions that I believe are detrimental to this goal.
In expressing these ideas, I will not only write on topics of psychology, but also philosophy, politics, art, and culture because all of these areas can impact a person’s happiness and mental health (positively or negatively). It’s important to know how to navigate the myriad of ideas floating around out there to ensure your happiness isn’t compromised. I will always try to explain the reason for my views and suggestions, and why I am critical of certain ideas. I don’t claim to know everything on the subject of happiness, but will share what I do know and think is relevant. I plan to have fun doing this, and I also welcome comments, questions, or emails from anyone on anything that I post.
About Dr. Steve Orma
Dr. Orma is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety, depression, stress, relationships, career, school, and other life challenges. He provides confidential and compassionate support to help individuals realize their goals and achieve success through Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He welcomes you to contact him for a complimentary consultation:
In The Media
Listen to Dr. Orma's radio interviews with clinical psychologist Dr. Ellen Kenner from The Rational Basis of Happiness: