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Existential Roundup

11/21/2014
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. In honor of Thanksgiving, I would like to present a list of existential (and related) websites to be grateful for (and to browse instead of shopping, either in the stores or online). Without further ado, and with the hope that readers will start contributing their own so that this list will grow: 5+ Existential (and related) Websites for Which I Am Grateful: Project Gutenberg—the original free eBook site,...

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Rethinking Complexity

Engaging Team Members: Managing by Building Relationships

11/20/2014
Engaging Team Members: Managing by Building Relationships
As discussed in Keeping Team Members Engaged in a Distributed Workplace: Initial Thoughts for Discussion, it is hard to stay current with everything, let alone be fully active in all of the networks in which we are members. It is a challenge to accomplish work demands while fulfilling personal responsibilities, not to mention trying to have some type of leisure moments that foster rejuvenation and enable “re-creation.” There is too much happening in our networked lifestyles, where boundaries are hard to maintain or have vanished altogether between the workplace and home life....

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What Gives Your Job Meaning?

11/20/2014
What Gives Your Job Meaning?
Those lucky enough to have jobs are spending more and more time at them—so it matters more than ever to our mental health and psychological well-being what makes people happy on the job. A recent poll asked Americans what it is that makes them happy at work, and the answers aren’t really surprising to anyone with an existential bent. A significant number (88 percent) said it mattered to them that they could believe in the mission and purpose of their company. Meanwhile companies with fewer than 100 employees had a higher chance of those employees saying they were satisfied than...

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Number 9

11/19/2014
Number 9
Jack Benny, one of the 20th century’s greatest comedians to come out of the radio and Vaudeville circuit, was forever telling people who asked that he was 39. Even when it was painfully clear he wasn’t. And everyone laughed at the joke every time. And having just experienced/endured/gone through for the first of many times a birthday of my own ending in the number “9,” I was fascinated by a New York Magazine article that has started making the rounds of social media since its appearance yesterday on the website. Entitled “We Make Our Big Life Decisions at 29, 39...

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What is the Humanistic Perspective?

11/18/2014
What is the Humanistic Perspective?
In a recent letter to the Saybrook University community, incoming president Nathan Long, EdD, affirms our “passionate dedication to mission” and states that “in a day and age in which higher education is faced with myriad challenges both internally and externally, Saybrook’s approach to progressive research and scholarly application is even more relevant that it was 42 years ago.”  This unique approach, expressed in Saybrook’s mission, core principles and values, has often been described as stemming from a “humanistic perspective,” in...

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How 'Bout a Side of Meaning With Your Brush With Death?

11/18/2014
How 'Bout a Side of Meaning With Your Brush With Death?
As we head into the thick of the holiday season, we don’t have to look far or hard to pithy sayings invoking positivity and goodness, or stories with lots of happy endings. Tis shortly the season for the half full cup to runneth over. Don’t you dare rain on my parade! We Americans, especially, love a good, happy ending! Where the boy gets the girl, the parent is reunited with the child, the hero is saved and lives to fight another day, or the world is made safe for democracy. Cliché after cliché after cliché. And we just eat it up because anything else is too...

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Psychoneurointracrinology

11/17/2014
Psychoneurointracrinology
Psychoneurointracrinology Defined Psychoneurointracrinology is the study of psychological, neurological, and intracrinological processes forming a mind-brain continuum within the person (Gordon, 2007, 2013, 2015, in press). Psycho (psychological) refers to constructs variously referred to as psyche, self, soul, mind, and consciousness. Neuro (neurological) refers to the composition and reactions within the nervous system. Intracrine (intracrinological) refers to the intracellular biosynthesis of steroids, the binding of receptors, and the formation of enzymes that catalyze the creation of...

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Existential Roundup

11/14/2014
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. From the files this week are several articles that may feel old in some ways but are actually new takes on old familiar themes. Sometimes, it is refreshing to see an old picture in a new frame. The first of several articles that may make you want to say something to the effect, “Didn’t we know this already?” yet we must remember that many must be reminded of this time and time again is the...

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Dear Hollywood—or How To Pick A University

11/13/2014
Dear Hollywood—or How To Pick A University
Birdman. Michael Keaton, some other people you might have heard of. The trailers make it look really interesting, the story of a washed-up superhero who was never more than second-rate being dragged out of retirement by popular demand. That could be funny. Only that has nothing whatsoever with the movie. It's really about a washed-up actor from a second-rate movie franchise trying to produce a play. That could be funny, too, but nobody would go to see it based on honest trailers—so they made dishonest ones to mislead us. Is that good for business, or are a thousand people going to...

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Transforming a City Once Divided- Reflections on the Fall of the Berlin Wall

11/12/2014
Transforming a City Once Divided- Reflections on the Fall of the Berlin Wall
This year on November 9, the people of Berlin celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  A business trip to explore partnerships with German universities took me to Berlin one month before that anniversary to see what has been, and continues to be, an amazing transformation.  What I saw taking place there truly is a beacon of hope and a testimonial to the potential of people to co-create a desired future. I was in Berlin in 1980, a time when no one yet imagined the Wall coming down.  I was 30 years old and both eager and scared to travel into East Berlin...

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