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Holocracy: Leadership From Inside Out

01/23/2015
Holocracy: Leadership From Inside Out
Holacracy is a real-world-tested social technology for purposeful organization. It radically changes how an organization is structured, how decisions are made, and how power is distributed.Implementing holocracy means that CEOs give up some level of power. The advantage is that they get to view their company through an entirely different vantage point. But it’s an adjustment for both leaders and employees. Even in the most competitive organizations people are told what to do to some degree. We think of ‘work’ in a traditional paradigm. Direction...

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Gordon Allport’s Narrative Approach to Personality

01/20/2015
Gordon Allport’s Narrative Approach to Personality
Gordon Willard Allport combined methodological, theoretical, and pedagogical approaches: rigorous experimental and quantitative research and qualitative means of data collection and analysis. Allport’s interest in the entire life and the whole personality marked the historical emergence of the narrative approach in psychology (Allport, 1942). In his autobiography, Allport posed these three empirical questions for the social sciences: “How shall a psychological life history be written? What processes and what structures must a full-bodied account of personality include? How can one...

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An Unexpected Journey into ‘Humanistic’ Economic Models

01/16/2015
An Unexpected Journey into ‘Humanistic’ Economic Models
As I began my PhD journey 3 years ago I never thought it would lead to me exploring economic models. In my graduate program in the 90s I had taken two semesters of economics and healthcare finance and I must admit it was painful.   I considered those courses my foreign languages.  As a nurse, I was and continue to be all about the patient and the staff and what was needed to provide care leading to well-being and health.               My dissertation vision was clear, I would create an Integrative Healthcare (IH)...

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Worth Dying For

01/15/2015
Worth Dying For
The world is changing. If you want to survive in the modern world, you have to be leaner, sharper, colder. You have to cut back on love and empathy and focus more on the bottom line. Don't get me wrong: I love your idealism. I just think you need to be more realistic. Look, so you've got this great mission and all, but look at it this way: if you can't meet the financials, you won't be around in a year or two years or five years. Then who's going to do all this great work you're about? Nobody, that's who. The sharks are going to have the pool all to themselves. I...

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Learning to Live With Ambiguity

01/14/2015
Learning to Live With Ambiguity
Writing in the Pacific Standard, Jerry Adler suggests that research psychology—like most branches of experimental science right now—is facing a crisis. Poorly proofed journals, unreproducible results, questionable statistical models … It leads him to ask the headlining question: “Can Social Scientists Save Themselves?” Or will reformation need to come from the outside? Ironically the article opens with a discussion of physicist Alan Sokal’s prank on the journal Social Text, which is often credited with dethroning post-modernism from humanities departments...

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Mr. Bill’s Last Gift

01/13/2015
Mr. Bill’s Last Gift
This weekend, I attended the funeral for a wonderful man I knew as “Mr. Bill.” I work as a therapeutic riding instructor teaching kids with emotional, cognitive, and physical challenges the art of horseback riding. The program is supported by an army of volunteers who dedicate their time and energy into ensuring that the horses are well cared for, and the students have safe and enjoyable lessons. By walking alongside the horse and rider during the lesson, volunteers often develop strong attachments to the students they work with, and vice versa. Mr. Bill was one of our first...

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The Power of Memory

01/12/2015
The Power of Memory
Nine years ago tonight, almost to the minute that I am writing this, I was rushed to the hospital in screaming amounts of pain. You see, I had had a migraine at that point for about two days, but I knew all day long that something was very different. I had a set regimen of medications and alternative remedies that I would always use to at least ameliorate if not relieve the pain. This time, not only was nothing making even the slightest dent, but the pain wasn’t moving as it always did. And it would hurt when I made certain movements, which were unusual for my migraines. And that...

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Existential Roundup

01/09/2015
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. Less than two weeks into 2015, tragedy is already dominating the world landscape. But really, some of the tragedies we speak of began even earlier, as the pain of 2014 merely continued. I speak specifically of Jennifer Finney Boylan’s article from The New York Times entitled “How to Save Your Life: A Response to Leelah Alcorn's Suicide Note” in which she describes the tragic death of a 17-...

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Existential Roundup

01/08/2015
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. Less than two weeks into 2015, tragedy is already dominating the world landscape. But really, some of the tragedies we speak of began even earlier, as the pain of 2014 merely continued. I speak specifically of Jennifer Finney Boylan’s article from The New York Times entitled “How to Save Your Life: A Response to Leelah Alcorn's Suicide Note” in which she describes the tragic death of a 17-...

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Let Us Give Thanks for Living Through Another December

01/07/2015
Let Us Give Thanks for Living Through Another December
The changing of the calendar year does not inspire me to celebrate. My “new year” comes at the end of autumn, as the trees—at the height of their high def beauty—drop their leaves and turn inward, surrendering to the growing darkness with a faith and grace I rarely muster. I reflected on my year back in October; I liked what I had reaped and sown, and am proceeding ahead with a commitment to a compassionate optimism. In my inner spiritual calendar, it’s almost Imbolc (Candlemas), the “spring’s spring,” and Jan 1 is just an ordinary day. Yet, the...

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