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Existential Roundup

08/15/2014
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. Once again this summer, death is in the air, as we mourn the losses of two great icons, Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams. Their deaths, back-to-back in the space of less than 36 hours, provide us with space to reflect on what their losses might mean, especially in terms of the differences in their respective demises. A friend and colleague posed a rhetorical question on Facebook as to the meaning of “...

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Sylvia

08/14/2014
Sylvia
She came to the coffee store and wanted tea. It was a little odd, but she was a little odd, somewhere between crazy and eccentric. Her name, as you might have guessed from the title, was Sylvia. Jason's fourth law is the older you get, the younger everybody else looks; the corollary is that as I was young, I can't trust any assessments of her age, especially this far after the fact. Let's say somewhere between 50 and 70 with 90% confidence. She had long black hair with no silver in it, so much no silver that it was obviously either dyed or just a wig. She wore loose-fitting layers...

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Rethinking Complexity

The Importance of Gender Equity

08/14/2014
The Importance of Gender Equity
In my last blog Strengthening our Social Fabric, I mentioned Sweden’s emphasis on gender equity as a way to create a good society.  Here I will further consider the systemic implications of gender equity in hopes that we consider its importance to all societies. The Global Gender Gap report (2013) rates 136 countries on their ability to close the gender gap thus attaining equity in four key areas: economic participation and opportunity, health and survival, educational attainment, and political empowerment. I wonder how many people in the US would be surprised that we do not...

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Compassion as an Intentional Practice

08/13/2014
Compassion as an Intentional Practice
Why practice cultivating compassion? Is it just another fad? I had the privilege of spending three days with the Dalai Lama earlier this year. Whenever, I have met him over the past five years, I am moved by his presence, his humility, his humor and his compassion. His message is simple and direct. It is a message of cultivating loving-kindness, compassion, and warm-heartedness. This message is beyond religion. It is about transforming the mind, and nourishing our self and others. As a child, the Dalai Lama had a very warm and loving relationship with his mother. He remembers his mother would...

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At-Home in the Elsewhere

08/12/2014
At-Home in the Elsewhere
I am five years old, staring outside at the puddles of 47th Avenue after a summer thunderstorm. The rain penetrates our pine front door, moistening the wood around the small rectangular windows. The musty smell of the wood attracts me. I stand uncomfortably on the tips of my toes so my mouth reaches the wet wood. I bare my little teeth and chew. The smell and taste of the wood transport me to a still earlier time, dirt campsite on the way to the mountains, playing in the earth with my miniature tow truck, looking at the tall trees, chew, chew. I am whole, here and there, now and then, toe to...

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Do Cats Know There Is a Future?

08/11/2014
Do Cats Know There Is a Future?
Human cognition is increasingly recognized as not that special among our animal cousins. Numerous demonstrations of other mammals and even birds capable of tool use, of language use, of empathy, and of a sense of fairness permeate the literature. Anyone who spends any time at all with their household pets must wonder at times what is going through their minds. I have generally contended that all animals know about death, at least at a basic level. If they do not know about death, why do they fight for their lives? Conditioning doesn't begin to explain it. Doesn't the instinct to live...

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Rethinking Complexity

How ENTJs Can Become Better Leaders

08/11/2014
How ENTJs Can Become Better Leaders
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is often used to improve overall performance in organizations. This tool can help workers gain self-awareness, improve emotional intelligence, and better understand how they—as well as those around them—operate in the workplace.  No one of the 16 types identified in the MBTI are better than any other, although there are studies that suggest some types are better suited for certain jobs than others. A good many of my executive coaching clients tend to be in the ENTJ (extrovert, intuitive, thinking, judger) quadrant, which is quite common...

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What Personality Types Support Good Leadership?

08/11/2014
What Personality Types Support Good Leadership?
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is often used to improve overall performance in organizations. This tool can help workers gain self-awareness, improve emotional intelligence, and better understand how they—as well as those around them—operate in the workplace.  No one of the 16 types identified in the MBTI are better than any other, although there are studies that suggest some types are better suited for certain jobs than others. A good many of my executive coaching clients tend to be in the ENTJ (extrovert, intuitive, thinking, judger) quadrant, which is quite common...

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Mind-Body Medicine

School of MBM Instructor Dr. Lisa Kelly and PhD Student Teresa von Kerckerink Collaborate on ISSEEM Presentation on Shamanic Healing

08/08/2014
Photos from ISSEEM Shamanic Seminar

 

In June 2014, Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine PhD candidate, Teresa von Kerckerink and MBM faculty member Dr. Lisa Kelly collaborated in presenting a 90 minute seminar on the lived experience of shamanic healing at the International Society of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine conference titled: Seen and Unseen Realities.

Teresa began the workshop by presenting the findings of her first person Hermeneutic Phenomenological pilot study on the lived experience of the use of the shamanic sacred plant medicine, San Pedro. A lively discussion followed, where participants asked numerous questions and the group discussed the role of altered states of consciousness and energy medicine in shamanic healing. Following this discussion Dr. Kelly presented an overview of her experience with shamanic healing in Peru, and then together Teresa and Dr. Kelly facilitated a shamanic healing ritual with the attendees.

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The "forumula" for happiness might not be a literal "formula" - but dont tell neuroscientists

08/07/2014
The "forumula" for happiness might not be a literal "formula" - but dont tell neuroscientists
This week in hubristic neuroscience: *  Researchers at the University College, London, say that they have developed the mathematical formula for a discrete moment of happiness.  (It’s the picture accompanying this article, if you’re curious). “Using functional MRI, we demonstrated that neural signals during task events account for changes in happiness,” the authors write, which is a like saying that the signals they have on traffic lights account for traffic accidents.   The idea that the neural signals recorded are an effect, not a cause – or even...

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