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Sustainable Joy, Sustainable Living: Appreciating the Little Things

06/24/2014
Sustainable Joy, Sustainable Living: Appreciating the Little Things
I believe that the little things can make a big impact on how we feel in our lives, whether it be how we try to solve a problem or heal, or how we integrate joy into our daily living. In a consumer culture that markets extravagant catharsis as a means for having a positive quality of life, not to mention the superficiality of goods, people often don’t see that living well can be inexpensive, practical, and something that we can have on a daily basis. I have spent the past year thinking hard about the life I want to lead. I am tired of being on what feels like a hamster wheel. Indeed,...

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Rethinking Complexity

Listening Into Others to Gain Influence

06/23/2014
Listening Into Others to Gain Influence
No matter what line of work you are in, you are likely seeking ways to be more productive and successful. And, regardless of the profession, how effective you interact with and influence other people can greatly determine your fate. That’s because it is all about relationship, and relationships should always be about the long term. We now live in a world that no longer tolerates disconnected forms of influence. Spam filters help block emails that are unrelated to our wants and needs. The stereotypical used car salesman is seen as merely comical and not taken seriously by anyone. Shotgun...

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Happy Birthday!

06/23/2014
Happy Birthday!
How do you celebrate your birthday? How do you celebrate “significant” birthdays? While any birthday can be special, many consider birthdays when one enters a new decade, at age 50, 60, 70, and beyond, particularly significant. When you are “public” about a birthday and your age, you are letting people know how many years you have lived. It is also an indication of how much time you may “have left.” Some people choose not to publically celebrate and acknowledge birthdays. In our youth-obsessed, anti-aging culture, it is understandable why we may try to hide...

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New Existentialists

Existential Roundup

06/20/2014
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. As we approach the summer solstice, we leave you with one more spring potpourri before the heat intensifies. A visit to a museum or art gallery will often provide a nice respite from the heat so we start this roundup with visit to view a new collection of photographs. “In the Shadow of Freud’s Couch” is a series of portraits by Mark Gerald, a photograph and a psychoanalyst, who wanted to show the...

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The Artifice of Artificial Intelligence

06/19/2014
The Artifice of Artificial Intelligence
June has been the cruelest month for Artificial Intelligence. This month, a computer program beat the Turning Test—and thereby invalidated the Turing Test. The Turing Test, for those who don’t know, is a test based on a premise by Alan Turing, the computational godfather. The idea: if a computer can be mistaken for a human being, by other human beings, in conversation, then it is functionally “intelligent”—the only way we have to measure intelligence. For decades, there have been contests in which judges try to determine whether the person on “the other...

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Rethinking Complexity

Individuals and Human Systems: Searching for Knowledge Between the Disciplines

06/18/2014
Individuals and Human Systems: Searching for Knowledge Between the Disciplines
I walk in two worlds though neither is home. My work and education are based in and on human systems and psychology. I’m drawn to both for a sense and deeper understanding about when, how, and if people connect.  The energy from groups has been a positive reinforcement for me that people co-create and deliver a collective goal while empowering themselves and others. Airplanes fly, bridges get built, and communities mend themselves. No man, or woman, is an island. The psychological aspect of my focus involves my search for knowledge about who connects well or not, and about the...

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Rethinking Complexity

Individuals and Human Systems: Searching for Knowledge Between the Disciplines

06/18/2014
Individuals and Human Systems: Searching for Knowledge Between the Disciplines
I walk in two worlds though neither is home. My work and education are based in and on human systems and psychology. I’m drawn to both for a sense and deeper understanding about when, how, and if people connect.  The energy from groups has been a positive reinforcement for me that people co-create and deliver a collective goal while empowering themselves and others. Airplanes fly, bridges get built, and communities mend themselves. No man, or woman, is an island. The psychological aspect of my focus involves my search for knowledge about who connects well or not, and about the...

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New Existentialists

Seeking Alan Watts

06/18/2014
Seeking Alan Watts
The following is a (true) tall tale for existential-humanistic researchers demonstrating that not all research has to be tedious. When I first enrolled in the Alan Watts course at Saybrook University, I wasn’t too impressed by Watts. I thought he was sort of a pompous Brit lording it over the colonies—he even admitted he used a walking stick as an affectation. And of course, there was his attitude toward the Beats in his Beat Zen, Square Zen And Zen (1959) stating that in America, Zen was “young Americans’ non-participation in the American way of life” (p. 92)....

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Mind-Body Medicine

Dr. Donna Rockwell, Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine Instructor, to Discuss Mindfulness on the Katie Show

06/18/2014
Dr. Donna Rockwell, Member of Faculty, Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine

Saybrook University Mind-Body Medicine faculty member Dr. Donna Rockwell has conducted mixed-method research on the affect of mindfulness practice on graduate students in a clinical psychology program, and has seen in the outcome data the profound influence that mindfulness can have on psychotherapists, both in the work they do with clients and patients, as well as on their ability to implement self-care. Her research thesis was, “If I can’t sit with myself, how can I sit with another?” 

Now Dr. Rockwell will be appearing on the Katie Couric show on ABC-TV on July 8 to talk about mindfulness, its value, and why it seems to be a current craze. 

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Emotional Reactions to School Shootings Should Lead to Positive Change—So Why Don’t They?

06/17/2014
Emotional Reactions to School Shootings Should Lead to Positive Change—So Why Don’t They?
All forms of social media are lit up once again with reactions to the latest school shootings. These incidents, like so many before, have left us devoid of beautiful young lives full of promise. They have also left us with questions about gun control, male perceptions of women, and of course, mental illness. Why do these shootings evoke such strong reactions from us? How are they different from other acts of violence that we are faced with on a daily basis? Do we react the same to all school shootings or all mass shootings in America, or are there gradations in the level of emotional response...

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