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Transforming a City Once Divided- Reflections on the Fall of the Berlin Wall

11/12/2014
Transforming a City Once Divided- Reflections on the Fall of the Berlin Wall
This year on November 9, the people of Berlin celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  A business trip to explore partnerships with German universities took me to Berlin one month before that anniversary to see what has been, and continues to be, an amazing transformation.  What I saw taking place there truly is a beacon of hope and a testimonial to the potential of people to co-create a desired future. I was in Berlin in 1980, a time when no one yet imagined the Wall coming down.  I was 30 years old and both eager and scared to travel into East Berlin...

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Giving Thanks Within a Culture of Entitlement

11/12/2014
Giving Thanks Within a Culture of Entitlement
So, here we are once again at that time of the year in which we are reminded to “give thanks” and celebrate our thankfulness for good fortune, blessings, and successes; perhaps, if we are courageous enough, even for our daily challenges and struggles. I wonder, however, if before we proceed with this culturally sanctioned thankfulness, we may need to consider a rather disturbing and likely unwelcome question: To what extent are we, as Americans, even capable of truly giving thanks and being genuinely thankful for anything at all? I’m certainly not asserting or implying that...

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It’s Urgent—Truly, It Is…or Maybe Not So Much

11/11/2014
It’s Urgent—Truly, It Is…or Maybe Not So Much
Yesterday, I received a voicemail during the day stating that the message was urgent. It was the second such message I had received in two weeks. By way of explanation, during the day (and often, during the evening) I have very little time to make phone calls unless they are scheduled like appointments. Besides not enjoying telephonic communication (I prefer face-to-face or email/text), I simply do not have many breaks in my day where sitting down to make calls is number one on my list of favorite things to do. If I have to, I have to, but I do so grudgingly. But when someone uses the word...

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More Election Nonsense

11/10/2014
More Election Nonsense
After every election, we get to see the same sort of talk from otherwise reasonable people: our side won, and therefore this is a "mandate from the people," and "our side lost, so I'm looking for another country to which to expatriate myself." This time around, we also get a stream of little ironies—like the environment panel being headed by a man who believes climate change is a hoax. It is far too easy to blame the voters for the fiascos of government and far too easy to believe it really makes a difference who is getting elected. As things stand, the...

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Existential Roundup

11/07/2014
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. No matter what your political leanings are, this week has been an emotional one in the world of politics. While the actual political ramifications are yet to be seen, we know that the world of politics is never drama-free. Some recent articles point to just how far we actually have not come in our emotional development. While many people were declaring that “racism” was “over” with the...

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The Evolution of Chinese Worldviews

11/06/2014
The Evolution of Chinese Worldviews
The evolutionary theorist and psychologist, Clare W. Graves, puzzled by an inability to answer his students’ questions about which theory of human development was correct, dedicated his life to exploring the differences in personalities of mature adults as they relate to their human experience.  From over a thousand essays from students ranging from 18-61 years in age during the period from 1952 to 1959, and from complementary library searches, Graves started to conceptualize his idea of an evolutionary cycle that alternates between phases where individuals attempt to...

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Burning Up Fast

11/06/2014
Burning Up Fast
EDITOR'S NOTE: This post was written a few weeks before Scooby Doo aka Escobar Durango's passing. My dog is dying. Right there in front of me, inch by inch at first and now yard by yard, my dog is dying. He's 14 or 15, nobody can be sure because he came from the pound way back when. The pound named him Mick and I named him Scooby Doo, later Escobar Durango for long. He's as good a dog as you could hope to share your time with. Oh, he used to chew on textbooks when he was nervous, and he'll still get in the trash when nobody is looking, if there's something...

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Doctoring Lessons

11/05/2014
Doctoring Lessons
Last night, I taught my first ever psychology/sociology class to MCAT students. As many of you probably do not know, the MCAT—the Medical College Admissions Test—is adding for 2015 a brand new content section on psychology and sociology in which they expect incoming medical students to have taken at least one semester of introductory psychology and one semester of introductory sociology. Why? You ask. Medicine, unlike psychology, which still seems to prefer the strict medical model, is moving towards a “biopsychosocial” conception of illness—that illness...

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Why Do You Care What The Pope Thinks?

11/04/2014
Why Do You Care What The Pope Thinks?
I mean, you aren't Catholic, so why do you share the little articles about what the Pope says? Benedict seems to have been more conservative. He didn't do a great deal about systematic abuse in the church, didn't have anything to say about same-sex romances, had a hard, traditional line on contraception and abortion. Francis decided to be a different kind of Pope, a modern leader for modern times who paradoxically embraces the heart of the faith underneath all the politics appended to, let's face it, any religion more than a few years old. He is about love, forgiveness,...

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A Spark of Existential Therapy in Greece

11/03/2014
A Spark of Existential Therapy in Greece
In the beginning of October, I was lucky enough to participate in a two-day workshop with Dr. Kirk Schneider, here in Athens, Greece! It was organized by “gignesthai,” the Hellenic association for Existential Psychology. I’ll write to you about this experience, with my own little words and from where I stand today. Maybe if I wrote this post some days later, I would focus on totally different things. I couldn’t possibly bring to you all of what happened there, or all of the wonderful things Dr. Schneider said to us, but I’ll share with you my personal experience...

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