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Landing in the Right Place

07/30/2014
Landing in the Right Place
The career market used to be open a little wider. Greed and politics are narrowing our options. As I struggle to find means to support my family and pay my student loans, people often reassure me that I am worth hiring and will eventually find the place where I belong. These days, I don’t know that there is such a place. Twenty years ago, I would have endorsed these ideas. Today, I see them as luxuries best afforded by the rich. These days, we just do what we need to do to survive. It is easy to think of the place that is the right fit when things are going generally right: you have a...

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The Poet as Revolutionary: Thoughts on Presence

07/29/2014
The Poet as Revolutionary: Thoughts on Presence
I believe that being a poet is a revolutionary act. Please note, I did not say writing or reading poetry. I said, “Being a poet.” For me, this means witnessing the world and one’s self with poetic vision. Poetic vision includes a potency, a quality of existence that both descends and transcends beyond self into a vivid attunement that, regardless of pleasant or unpleasantness, brings aliveness and vitality. To me, poetic vision is a form of presence. I believe that in this day and age in which we are treated like lab rats by the media, the government, and even psychology,...

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Rethinking Complexity

The Evolutionary Journey of Life

07/28/2014
The Evolutionary Journey of Life
Life is a journey. I have been keenly aware of that for a good portion of my life.  I guess I became aware of the power of the metaphor in my early twenties when I broke away from some cultural patterns that diverted me from what a friend called “the franchised life” — that more or less predictable and predefined path for a Mexican woman, or for anyone who doesn’t question their status quo.  I just returned from three weeks in Europe: two weeks working in Germany with The Journey Network and then one week in Patmos, Greece, co-learning with my dear friends of...

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Unconditional Acceptance

07/28/2014
Unconditional Acceptance
Cosmic insignificance, helplessness, and groundlessness are at the root of polarization. (Schneider, 2013, p.160) From the Crusades to the Inquisition to the martyrdom of Christian Reformers, to the Salem Witch Trials to the Klu Klux Klan’s battle against civil rights, Christianity has historically been behind many of the bloodiest wars. Even today as the fundamentalist/evangelical wings of contemporary Christianity struggle to stop abortions, marriage equality, undocumented immigration, and a myriad of other social issues, violence has been part of the strategy. As Schneider states:...

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Existential Roundup

07/25/2014
Existential Roundup
Welcome to the Existential Roundup, where we bring you links to some articles currently trending that may be of interest to those in the existential-humanistic psychology community. To say that being a citizen of the world has grown increasingly difficult over these past few weeks is perhaps among the most ridiculous of understatements. Having just passed the centenary of the beginning of the “War to end all wars,” all we have to do is turn on the television or the computer to see that World War I did absolutely nothing to end war, as it rages on to this very day throughout the...

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Death, Love, and Legacy

07/24/2014
Death, Love, and Legacy
He was all of 35 years old. Yet, on a very warm July morning, more than 100 of his closest family, friends, and co-workers gathered to honor and remember Sam and his life. Six days earlier, Jessica, his wife of four years, found him lying on the floor of their bathroom. By his skin color, it appeared he had already been in that position for a time. Jessica acted as quickly as she could—calling 9-1-1, administering CPR—hoping to revive him. In spite of her efforts, Sam was dead. Preliminary indications were that he died from negative reactions to changes in his medication regiment...

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Feeling My Way Home

07/23/2014
Feeling My Way Home
I recently wrote about my struggles with small talk, particularly in answering questions about where I am from. As someone who is a bit of a nomad, it’s difficult for me to lay claim to a “hometown.” Including some stints in temporary accommodation, I have lived in seven residences, in six cities and three countries over the last 10 years. When I think of “home,” it is rarely associated with a physical place but more about an embodied sense of returning. This isn’t just a feeling of familiarity but a fulfillment of a bodily yearning that incorporates all my...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Webinar: Multicultural Competency for Mind-Body Medicine

07/23/2014
Multicultural Competency

Join us for a Webinar on August 27.

Dr. Deborah Wilcox holds a master's degree in public administration, a master's in clinical community counseling, and a doctorate in counseling education. She has previously served as an instructor at Kent State University, the University of Dayton, Union Institute, and the University of  Cincinnati, providing instruction in multi-cultural counseling, adolescent development, public health administration, and grant writing. She is now on the faculty at Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine.

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Love and Other Emotions: Reflections from the Novel The Girlfriend Project

07/22/2014
Love and Other Emotions: Reflections from the Novel The Girlfriend Project
The Girlfriend Project (2014) by Jason Dias is not your typical novel about love. Although it could be considered a romantic novel given that its focus is a love story, the plot is more existential in nature. Embedded in this unlikely love story is an exploration of the nature of love and other emotions. And love takes center stage. Ernest has been diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder and appears to accept this diagnosis as it explains many of his life challenges. Emotions, especially love, befuddle him. His recognition of emotions is not through the usual subjective process, but instead...

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Depth Psychology of the Feminine

07/21/2014
Depth Psychology of the Feminine
Existential-transpersonal interpretations of the midlife transition that have emerged in the literature in archetypal psychology (Achterberg, 1996; Andrews, 1993; Borysenko, 1996; Greer, 1991; Houston, 1996; Rogers, 1995) depict a non-medicalized view of a woman’s struggle through menopause; the harnessing of intentionality using personal myth; the psychological shift from an external to internal locus of control; the psychospiritual transformation resulting from a confrontation with the unconscious and the existential fear of death; and the emergence of an empowered, self-actualized...

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