Our underlying philosophies

Our underlying philosophies


By Katrina Katen/Individual Matters


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“Philosophy is the lens for interpretation and compass for action.”

–Andrew Katen

What is your reaction when you hear the word philosophy? Some people roll their eyes as images of Socrates and other Greek thinkers dressed in white robes, sipping red wine, come to mind. 

That is one aspect of philosophy but not the only. The free Dictionary by Farlex, an online dictionary, provides several definitions of philosophy, one of which is “a system of values by which one lives.”

We all have an underlying philosophy. This philosophy serves to guide actions, thoughts, beliefs, choices, perceptions and nearly every aspect of our lives. In many cases, people are unaware of their guiding philosophies. Whether a person has such awareness does not lessen its impact on life. 

I challenge you to take some time to reflect on your own beliefs about the world, yourself, the people in your lives, your values, etc., and explore both how these beliefs affect your daily choices and actions and how it is you came to embrace such beliefs. 

What lens do you use to interpret the world around you, including the actions of others and your own experiences? Where is your compass guiding you? Is it where you want to go and is it how you want to get there? 

Dr. Katrina Katen is a local psychologist and owner of Individual Matters, LLC. With a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree emphasis in marriage and family therapy, she is passionate about all things psychology. Beyond her work,she loves spending time with her family and experiencing all that is offered in this beautiful state. Read her monthly on Healthy Mesa County.


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