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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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New Existentialists

A Tribute to Jim Bugental

04/26/2012
A Tribute to Jim Bugental
At the 2011 APA Convention last August, I was asked to accept, in tandem with Kirk Schneider, the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was awarded posthumously to my teacher and friend Jim Bugental. I began it with a poem: If his penetrating gaze, twinkling eyes and inviting presence, ever captured you, then you knew Jim Bugental. If you ever laughed at his lame limericks or puzzled at his word games, then you knew Jim Bugental. If you ever chided him for his politically incorrect, risqué comments that he delivered to the very end, then you knew Jim Bugental. If you ever marveled at his...

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Rethinking Complexity

What Does It Take to be an Entrepreneurial Leader?

04/25/2012
What Does It Take to be an Entrepreneurial Leader?
In preparing to facilitate a conversation with Chip Conley, founder of America’s second largest boutique hotel chain Joie de Vivre Hospitality, I had the opportunity to consider whether there are differences in the way successful entrepreneurial  leaders engage as leaders compared to leaders in larger, more established organizations. Does starting and growing an organization require different ways of being and doing, possibly different personal characteristics, than what is called for in leaders of well established organizations? The theory I learned in my MBA program pointed to...

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Creativity

CREATIVITY IN THE NEWS

04/25/2012

Study Reveals Global Creativity Gap

Universal Concern that Creativity is Suffering at Work and School

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New Existentialists

Considering Existential Joy

04/25/2012
Considering Existential Joy
Existential joy is the moment of exaltation in which we are at one with the world and conscious of our being in a kind of illumination that carries a deep conviction with it. This is a state of being that many people seek to experience in their lives. If we cannot have it all of the time, we at least want that sensation coursing through us most of the time. This is a concept that I have heard little of in the existential psychology. It is more prevalent in discussions of existential philosophy. But what is its place in psychotherapy? Existential joy is the direct opposite of existential...

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