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Words That Count

12/09/2014
Words That Count
Last week I wrote about my sense that these days there is a finite number of words, at least for me. What I’ve now noticed, in my growing awareness of words themselves and how they are being used and often, how many are being used, is the inefficiency with which they are being used. Case in point. Kate Pierson of the B-52s has written and put out a new song entitled “Mister Sister.” The song is from her forthcoming album, Guitars and Microphones, due on February 2015. I have not heard the single nor seen the video. But I awoke this morning to yet another Facebook kerfuffle...

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Inconvenient Emojis

12/08/2014
Inconvenient Emojis
The psychiatric-industrial-complex keeps telling us that depression is best solved by pills, but every new advance in therapeutic treatments tell us otherwise. We just don’t hear about it as much because talk therapy doesn’t have a billion dollar advertising budget. The newest exhibit comes courtesy of The New York Times, which reports on a new “depression fighting strategy” in some developing countries—one that relies entirely on “talking cures” and has (so far) an astonishing rate of success: in some studies only three percent of those treated were...

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Rethinking Complexity

Education Contributing to Issues and Being a Solution for Environmental Sustainability

12/07/2014
Education Contributing to Issues and Being a Solution for Environmental Sustainability
The world of education is under a tremendous amount of pressure to serve two masters. Traditional approaches are called for to ensure students gain opportunities for the next step in their learning journey and new thinking and innovation are required to ensure students are prepared for a world that is ever changing and uncertain. These differing mindsets are important to understand when looking at environmental sustainability in schools and the impact it has locally and globally.  When looking at the barriers and opportunities for environmental education I am filled with both fear and...

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Existential Roundup

12/05/2014
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 continue the theme of the holiday season, for this week I give to you a list of my favorite holiday season existential movies. I have written in this space in the past about why we should take holiday movies more seriously than we often do, and here are some I have mentioned before and some I haven’t that deserve consideration. Many are suitable for family viewing, as they can be viewed and enjoyed on...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine Offers Four PhD Specializations in Mind-Body Medicine

12/05/2014

 

In August 2009, James S. Gordon and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine collaborated with Saybrook University, founding the Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine for individuals pursuing a master’s degree and/or doctoral degree.  As the program has grown over the years, the graduate school now provides four doctoral level specializations, to prepare graduates for careers in healthcare and mental healthcare.  Influenced by the humanistic philosophy of Saybrook University, the central focus of each degree program and specializations emphasize person-centered health care, and advocate the importance of integrating self-care, mind-body practices, and other alternative approaches within the mainstream of health and mental healthcare. The School of Mind-Body Medicine is designed as a hybrid program, which affords working professionals the opportunity to conveniently attend a maximum of three short residential conferences a year, as well as complete all of their coursework through online and videoconference technology.

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Words, Words, Words

12/04/2014
Words, Words, Words
Words, words, words! I'm so sick of words I get words all day through First from him, now from you Is that all you blighters can do? – Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady I used to feel that words, that language, were an infinite resource. That no matter how many I used, there would always be more, even if I simply repeated some over and over: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” or “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Lately, however, I finding language to be finite. And not simply because there are a certain number of words in the English...

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Out With the Old, In With the New

12/03/2014
Out With the Old, In With the New
For those of you who do not follow the HBO series The Newsroom, penned by that most provocative of television writers, Aaron Sorkin, you have missed a most disturbing plot twist in the series’ final episodes that has actually made me lose sleep. The series centers on the newsroom of the fictional 24-hour news channel, ACN, which is struggling in fourth place behind the other news channels. In addition to ongoing legal and news gathering issues, the company and network is about to be sold, leaving the fate of its staff in limbo. In typical dramatic fashion, a buyer has appeared at the...

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Finding Common Threads in Unfamiliar Places

12/02/2014
Finding Common Threads in Unfamiliar Places
There was a time when I was ashamed to be Chinese, when I was defensive yet embarrassed in knowing next to nothing about being "Chinese." The spell probably snapped when my mentor told me, "Jung loved China," though I did nothing to hunt for crosslinks in the bifurcated streambeds of my psyche. But falling in step with the Western fascination with Eastern traditions, I waded through sacred books of India, China, and Japan, until the whole urge of my being wound around the jigsaw puzzle of Confucius’ sayings. So it was a jolt of a revolving door that reverted me to...

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Quiet Voices of Change

12/01/2014
Quiet Voices of Change
No doubt, countless articles have already been written in the aftermath of the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown. No doubt, there are polarized opinions on whether this was the “right” decision. No doubt, the people of Ferguson are reeling from the impact of this decision. And soon, if not already, no doubt, people not immediately affected by the situation will become tired of reading, talking, and hearing about all of it. I noticed my hesitance in even beginning to write a piece on this. Leading scholars, award winning journalists...

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Rethinking Complexity

Rethinking Ghana's Energy Future

11/29/2014
Rethinking Ghana's Energy Future
 In late 2006 and continuing into 2007, Ghana experienced a major power crisis that caused planned power outages, also known as load shedding, with outages lasting up to 72 consecutive hours.  Since then, Ghana has sought to strengthen its electricity sector. However, in spite of these efforts, power supply continues to be a challenge.  For example, in 2013 the load shedding exercise recommenced and it is forecasted to continue until 2015 though on a reduced scale. This situation arose, in part, from technical issues having to do with an over-aged and inefficient transmission...

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