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There are no shortcuts to wisdom

05/03/2011

Platon_Aristote If you were wise, what would it be like?

I don’t mean “what would you know” – I mean “what would the experience of life be like?”  Are wise people different from the rest of us?  How do they live?

That’s the question Pscyhologist Dolores Pushkar set out to answer in a recently published piece:  “What Philosophers Say Compared with What Psychologists Find in Discerning Values: How Wise People Interpret Life”.

Pushkar, Etezadi, and Lyster acknowledge that there is no consensus on what defines wisdom, but they propose the following as being key aspects; knowledge, deep understanding of human nature, life contentment, empathy and the flexibility to see issues from others’ perspectives.

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Saybrook Alumni Association Visiting Scholar Program

05/02/2011
The Visiting Scholar Program As a service to our graduates, the PHS Alumni Association offers the Visiting Scholar Program in cooperation with Saybrook's Library. Each new PHS graduate receives one free year of access to Saybrook's online library database, enabling them to continue their scholarly research. This access can be renewed on a yearly basis by making a $100 donation to the PHS...

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Alumna Deirdre Bundy Publishes Article in Online Zine Courageous Creativity

05/02/2011
Dear Fellow Saybrook Alumni and Members of the Saybrook Community, I hope you are doing well! I just thought I would share an article I wrote for an online zine called Courageous Creativity. Below is the link; my article is in the April Issue. The online zine, Courageous Creativity, is always looking for contributions from writers, poets, artists, etc., and I thought that Saybrook Alumni and...

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Saybrook Annual APA Convention Dinner - Friday, August 5, 2011

05/02/2011
Saybrook Annual APA Convention Dinner Sponsored by Stan Krippner and the PHS Alumni Association Friday, August 5, 2011 Washington, DC 6:00 - 9:00 PM SAYBROOK WILL PROVIDE APPETIZERS, SALAD, AND DESSERT, ATTENDEES PAY FOR THE ENTREE. Clyde's of Gallery Place 707 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 Phone: 202.349.3700 A short walk from the Convention Center WE WILL HAVE A MICRSOPHONE...

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What does it take to get mentally healthy in 21st century America?

05/02/2011

There is no health, without mental health. 

May is Mental Health Month—bringing hope and awareness for more than 54 million adults in America who have a diagnosable mental health condition. One and four American adults live with a mental illness that is diagnosable, debilitating and better yet: treatable.

It’s estimated that up to half of the more than 54 million people with a mental illness do not seek help. Cost, stigma, lack of information, or insufficient health insurance coverage account for the disparity—with frightening repercussions for individuals, families, society.

Poor mental healthcare is a public health crisis. Regrettably, it effects are widespread. Here are some of the frightful side effects--

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds.
  • Older adults with untreated depression and diabetes—die at twice the rate of those who receive effective treatment and care for their depression.
  • Research suggests that students ages 14-21 with emotional disturbances or mental health conditions drop out of school at twice the rate of students with other disabilities.

Reforming America’s mental healthcare system begins as a grassroots level; by embracing the foundational principles inherent in humanistic psychology.

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Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies

05/01/2011

Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Every individual has a unique role and influence in the world that can be realized through their life’s work.

Saybrook’s College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies helps you find your passion, prepare for your career, and engage with the world to make it a better place. 

The premier graduate university for education in humanistic psychology;  a cutting edge pioneer in the study of organizational systems;  and the only American university offer accredited degrees in Human Science (the European tradition of social sciences) – Saybrook’s College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies (PHS) offers a truly unique opportunity to advance one’s life’s work through humanistic study, scholarship, and activism.

PHS degrees are offered in low-residency programs, allowing students to study while remaining in their careers and without relocating.  Students are required to attend a small number of Residential Conference each year for workshops, seminars, training, and intensives – and otherwise can complete coursework online. 

Learn about the degrees available from Saybrook's Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies.

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Obese kids are at higher risk for mental illness -- what are we going to do about it?

04/29/2011

A twenty year cohort study in The Australian And New Zealand Journal Of Psychiatry looked at overweight and obese children and their risk of developing of a mental illness later in life. The research found that obese and overweight children have an increased risk for the development of a mood disorder in adulthood when the same overweight trends continued. The research included both sexes; however overweight and obese girls were found to have an even higher risk than boys for developing mood disorders and other mental health issues when the obesity continued on into adulthood. 

A first of its kind, the research looks at the psychiatric risk factors associated with obesity and overweight children. While more research is needed—one conclusion can be made. Obesity in American youth is a risk factor for the development of a mental disorder later in life.

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Racial bias a key factor in decisions we don't know we make

04/28/2011

Iat-image Who do you trust and why?

You might be surprised.

In the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences researchers showed (yet again) that we make many of our decisions around money and overall trust based on our unconscious racial bias.

Psychologists have generally agreed that we have explicit and implicit thoughts that inform our day to day experience. Explicit refers to intentional thinking, decisions and judgments. Implicit thoughts are hidden behind all those good intentions. These implicit biases, or the more technical term for this implicit social cognition have an impact on how we live and work.

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Reviews of Guantanamo files confirm: psychologists knew of torture, and tacitly supported it

04/27/2011

599px-Camp_x-ray_detainees In 2008 the American Psychological Association issued a resolution saying that psychologists may not work in places where people are tortured, or support torture in any form. 

To many of us have done it anyway. 

Vincent Iacopino and Stephen Xenakis reviewed Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) medical records and case files of nine prisoners. The records showed that the detainees did tell GTMO medical staff that they were being tortured, tortured with abusive interrogation methods that are clearly defined by the UN as being torture. What they went through was even beyond the Bush administration lax definition of torture.

Despite witnessing the physical and psychological wounds of these nine detainees, medical staff took no action to report the violations. They patched them up and sent them back in.

It gets worse. Medical records show that the detainees were showing signs of psychological problems. Yes, being imprisoned is going to take someone to an edge of psychological despair, but the records showed that there was much more going on.  One of the detainees was having nightmares, memory lapses, loss of appetite, depression and suicidal thoughts. He was treated with antidepressants and a chilling recommendation of “You…need to relax when guards are being more aggressive.”

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Psychology's "how to" guide to relationships

04/22/2011

Strangers_on_a_Train_-_Romance Human beings are social creatures, and so it’s no surprise that when we’re not trying to get in relationships we’re managing relationships, and when we’re not managing relationships we’re complaining to our friends about how we need to be in one. 

What is surprising is that for all the time, energy, and thought we put into our relationships, most of us are not very good at getting them right. 

Admit it. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. 

An article in Psychology Today, entitled A Message of Hope for Anyone Seeking a Relationship, looks looks at three core constructs that form the basis of all growth facilitating relationships.

Here’s a glimpse of what relationship guru Ken Page suggests:

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