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New Existentialists

The Power to Give and the Power to Receive

05/02/2012
The Power to Give and the Power to Receive
I had this experience a couple years ago that has been haunting me off and on ever since. When guys go “over there,” they know what they are signing up for. They don’t think they are coming back. Their delusion, if they have one, is that their death will have some kind of meaning: they will die honorably, in the line, pulling their brother out of a firefight. More often, their deaths and incapacity are banal. Snipers, roadside bombs, and friendly fire, never seeing the enemy, with no chance to respond. So I’m in the 7-11 getting a cup of coffee. There’s this guy, he’s a walking horror. He has...

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Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Psychologists for Social Responsibility: Reduce poverty & inequality through budget priorities

05/01/2012

Saybrook faculty and students involved with the Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) support the organization's dedication to social transformation. A new statement was released April 25, 2012: The PsySR Statement on Budget Priorities, Poverty, and Inequality.

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New Existentialists

Put On Your Sunday Clothes When You Feel Down And Out

05/01/2012
Put On Your Sunday Clothes When You Feel Down And Out
We’ve all heard the saying that “Clothes make the man” (or woman). Now, a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and then reported in The New York Times is adding credence to that phrase—in an embodied way. The process, which the researchers Adam and Galinsky (2012) term “enclothed cognition,” was described as follows in The New York Times: “If you wear a white coat that you believe belongs to a doctor, your ability to pay attention increases sharply. But if you wear the same white coat believing it belongs to a painter, you will show no such improvement” (...

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Rethinking Complexity

Re-Looping to Add Conversations?

05/01/2012
Re-Looping to Add Conversations?
Rare is the time to chat in our workday, don’t you think? The other day I sat with Brian, my organization’s director of educational services, and Kelly, our enrollment coordinator. We engaged in something unusual: a casual, unstructured conversation in the workplace. The topic was something particularly jazzy to those of you born to build casual loop diagrams. We discussed why most human beings work to satisfy expenses fused into their economic situation without reflecting on how or why they follow such looping. Speaking to how and why we negate conversational looping, we began to...

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Interdisciplinary Inquiry

The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution

04/30/2012

A widespread notion persists: that women, when compared with their male counterparts, are more naturally inclined toward peace. Is moral superiority a feminine virtue? Traditionally, women are characterized as maternal, nurturing, and gentle; whereas men are seen as having a propensity for violence and belligerence. Women talk about their problems; men solve conflict physically, requiring an outlet for their “natural” aggression. When female-perpetrated violence does occur, it is treated as unnatural or aberrant. This binary notion of gender is reinforced through socio-cultural stereotyping.

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New Existentialists

Must read: Paula J. Caplan says the DSM has always done more harm than good

04/30/2012
Must read: Paula J. Caplan says the DSM has always done more harm than good
Writing in the Washington Post, Paula Caplan recalls the story of a mother who had been labled bi-polar and put on psychiatric medication – when in fact her problems were more mundane. She was a new mother; she was sleep deprived; she was working full-time and caring for her dying grandmother. Since the 1980s, Caplan said she has met hundreds of people given diagnoses that fit their symptoms but not their conditions: there was nothing wrong with their brains, just something wrong with their lives. At a time when about half of all Americans get a psychiatric diagnosis at some point in...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Integrative Medicine in Scranton Pennsylvania and on the Island of St. Maarten: Meet MBM Student Peter Amato

04/28/2012

 

            Peter Amato is passionate about the healing potential of integrative medicine, and takes an active role in the ongoing transformation of health care.  His passion is evident at his integrative wellness centers, Inner Harmony.  The original center is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Peter’s hometown.  The other center is located on the beautiful island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean, Peter’s part-time home.  In addition to running two integrative healthcare facilities, Peter has recently expanded his work to collaborate with the Integrative Life Centers in Nashville, Tennessee (www.integrativelifecenter.com), and has authored a book, Soul Silence, a spiritually focused way to navigate recovery.  Deepak Chopra's gracious endorsement graces the cover.

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Rethinking Complexity

Foreign Policy: Who's Paying Attention?

04/27/2012
Foreign Policy: Who's Paying Attention?
As the U.S. election rhetoric heats up and the Republican and Democratic parties advocate their strongly-held positions, I'm afraid that something important is getting lost. Media-professed wars on women, the poor, and students obscure an international reality that is turbulent, unstable, and dangerous. As an international policy wonk, I pay attention to global affairs and follow certain writers that explain and clarify events from different parts of the world. Ahmed Rashid is a journalist whose writings are precise, articulate, and accurate. I read almost everything he writes. After the...

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New Existentialists

Education’s Lost Citizenship

04/27/2012
Education’s Lost Citizenship
Anyone in higher education today knows that the field is drastically changing. Nervous academics and administrators are engaging in intense debate regarding the causes of the problems and scrambling to find solutions before they become imposed upon the academy by accreditation bodies. It is evident that a myriad of factors contributed to the current state of education. I will focus on a few important contributing factors and their role in one of the most substantial sacrifices being made in higher education today: the preparation for citizenship. Historically, education was about much more...

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Alumni Messenger

Saybrook Alumna Myrna Araneta Honored with Award of Distinction

04/26/2012
Saybrook University and the Saybrook Alumni Association are pleased to announce that Organizational Systems Alumna Dr. Myrna Araneta was awarded the 14th Annual Women of Distinction Award in Education by the Southern Nevada Division of The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Founded in 1975, NAWBO is known as the voice of America's 10.6 million women-owned businesses. The...

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