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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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Rethinking Complexity

Strengthening Our Social Fabric

07/20/2014
Strengthening Our Social Fabric
Recently I travelled to Finland for a conference which created an opportunity to travel around the Scandinavian countries. The country that left the strongest impression was Sweden.  We took the ferry from Vassa Finland to Umea Sweden and as soon as we got on the ferry, I noticed something different in the way Swedish people interact with each other.  What I saw was a strong desire to connect, interrelate, and play together.  There was a comfort in their being together that seemed foreign to me.  As we landed in Umea, a small city, named a cultural capital of Europe, this...

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Rethinking Complexity

Seeing Beyond Boundaries that Divide Us in Our Quest for Social Justice for ALL – Part 1

07/17/2014
Seeing Beyond Boundaries that Divide Us in Our Quest for Social Justice for ALL – Part 1
July is usually a rather reflective month for me as I embrace yet another year of progression in age with a deep sense of gratitude for the gift of life. The past two weeks have particularly been reflective and thought-provoking for me as I seek to gain deeper insights on a variety of things. These include the direction I am taking with my doctoral work here at Saybrook as well as my effort to ‘take in’ the reality of various areas of interest with the goal of partnering with others, to enable transformative change and leadership for the realization of girls’ and women...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Biofeedback Provides Tools to Guide Effective Use of Medication

07/17/2014
Jay Gunkelman, author and expert on quantitative analysis of EEG

 

Biofeedback – When a behavioral problem such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is diagnosed, selecting medication to best treat it can become a matter of trial and error. Analyzing brain patterns by using electroencephalography (EEG) can help predict which medicine will offer the best result and thus lower the risk of adverse drug events. Recognizing brain patterns can be a better guide to medication use than psychiatric diagnosis based on the DSM-V.

The article “Medication Prediction with Electroencephalography Phenotypes and Biomarkers” in the current issue of the journal Biofeedback offers evidence that quantitative EEG assessment can refine the selection of medications by detecting brain patterns. Author Jay Gunkelman uses the example of a 7-year-old child diagnosed with ADHD.

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New Existentialists

Answering the Soul's Calling

07/17/2014
Answering the Soul's Calling
Reading Myrtle Heery’s (2014) edited anthology Unearthing the Moment: Mindful Applications of Existential-Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychotherapy reminded me why I love and am so passionately committed to these fields of study and practice. Heery and 24 other contributing authors offer penetrating insights into core aspects of existential-humanistic and transpersonal psychotherapy, within an impressively diverse range of specific applications and clinical settings. Topics include therapist self-care, community mental health, transitional care with those experiencing homelessness,...

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What Is Your Legacy?

07/16/2014
What Is Your Legacy?
As we grow older and have less time left, there may be a tendency to ask, “What impact have I had?” “What have I contributed to others and future generations?” “What is my legacy?” Most theorists agree that adult development is ongoing. As we age, a major task is to move beyond concerns of the self and acquire wisdom in order to contribute to others and future generations. In my dissertation research, I asked creative older adults I interviewed, “How important is it for you to leave a legacy or contribute to future generations?” (Robertson, 2005...

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Existentialists Are Prideful And Arrogant (Just Like You)

07/15/2014
Existentialists Are Prideful And Arrogant (Just Like You)
One of my least favorite parts of therapist training was a deep investigation in who I am. What motivates me, what are my weaknesses and blind spots and vulnerabilities. There isn’t room enough in a blog like this to begin to list these weaknesses, and I am certain others will tell you if you ask them in private. That said, one of the weaknesses I am always watchful for in myself is pride. Our career field sort of pushes pridefulness and arrogance on us. We don’t just need to publish, we need to have our name as first author. We need to present, and (even better) headline...

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Jumping Off the Deep End: Lessons on Letting Go

07/14/2014
Jumping Off the Deep End: Lessons on Letting Go
I just returned from the Third International Conference on Existential Psychology held in Guangzhou China from June 13–15th. As always, it was very rewarding and inspirational. At the same time, it is also during these conferences that I run myself ragged and reach the limits of my endurance and patience. Living near such limits reveals my shadow side to me as I find myself losing patience and becoming short and in some ways more “real” with people—a sort of authenticity that I’m uncomfortable with. This past conference taught me deep lessons about letting go....

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Existential Roundup

07/11/2014
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. With summer underway, and with everyone off on doing their own things—camp, vacations, fishing, swimming, surfing, beachbumming (is that even a thing?), or even just working extra shifts to fill in for all the people doing all those things, it seems a grab bag of items is the best way to celebrate the bounty of summer’s variety. If music is your thing, The Mind Unleashed reports on “Seven Ways...

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Rethinking Complexity

Conversations About the Future Systems Research

07/11/2014
Conversations About the Future Systems Research
There is a long connection between Saybrook and systems conversations, which continues to this day.  The semi-annual conversations have been hosted by the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR), and were historically known as the Fuschl Conversations (due to their location at Fuschl am See in Austria). Bela Banathy, the founder of the systems program at Saybrook, initially led these conversations.  He extended the conversations through the International Systems Institute, based in the US, hosting annual conversation events at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, CA.  Bela...

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