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Mind-Body Medicine

Mallory Rowell, Master's Student in Mind-Body Medicine, Combines New Marriage, Research Job, Fitness Training, and Graduate Study

12/10/2013
Mallory Rowell on the Beach

 

Mallory Rowell completed her BS degree in Psychology from Ohio State in 2010, and although she knew that she wanted to complete an advanced degree, she was unsure of her path.  One day as she was perusing the APA academic listings she came across an advertisement for Saybrook University, School of Mind Body Medicine.  She was immediately attracted to the advertisement and that led her to attend an introductory call hosted by the department chair, Dr. Don Moss.  After the introductory call Mallory recalls her elation at finding this program, “It felt like everything I was looking for and didn’t know what to call it.  Saybrook combined my lifestyle and academic goals all into one.”  In the fall of 2013 Mallory began classes to complete her MS in Mind Body Medicine.

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New Existentialists

Snark, Smarm, and Misanthropy: Sane Strategies for an Insane World?

12/10/2013
Snark, Smarm, and Misanthropy: Sane Strategies for an Insane World?
Florence King once defined “misanthropes” as “people who can’t suffer fools, and like to see fools suffer.” It’s hard for me to think of a healthier motto, and I’d like to suggest by way of this essay that King’s 1993 history of misanthropy, “With Charity Toward None,” should be on psychology licensing exams. She makes a compelling case that misanthropes are mentally healthier than the rest of us. It’s a message that ought to get a fair hearing. Much in the same way that we simultaneously exalt creativity in the abstract but...

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New Existentialists

Teaching Diversity from an Existential Perspective

12/09/2013
Teaching Diversity from an Existential Perspective
For years, I have heard horror stories of professors teaching diversity classes being traumatized by their students. Included were stories of a number of experts in diversity who were passionate about teaching diversity, but no longer wanted to teach diversity courses because their course evaluations were poorer than in other classes, included personal slights, and the classrooms often felt hostile. Similarly, I’ve spoken to many students passionate about diversity that no longer felt safe bringing up the topic of diversity in classroom because of the responses from their professors and...

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Rethinking Complexity

Will Cyborgs Ever Learn to Pray?

12/09/2013
Will Cyborgs Ever Learn to Pray?
One morning last week, I awoke from a strange dream. I don’t recall all the particulars, but it involved a scene where I was living and working with a group of “not-quite-human” creatures made of silicone, integrated circuits and bio-engineered, synthetic flesh. These engineered creatures seemed to have acquired human-like appearances, capabilities, and behaviors; to such an extent that at times it was almost impossible to distinguish them from real “biological” humans.  In this dream, I had developed a close relationship with a particularly friendly and...

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New Existentialists

Thanksgiving Is a Verb

12/06/2013
Thanksgiving Is a Verb
Jesus of Nazareth told the story of two men praying in the Temple. One man, a religious leader in the community, stood in a place where his presence and prayers were obvious to others. He was dressed in the finest robes, and he spoke loudly, “Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.” (Luke 18:11-12, The Message). Meanwhile, the other man, a government tax collector, went to a corner in the Temple where he would not draw attention to himself, and...

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Rethinking Complexity

Listen for a Change

12/05/2013
Listen for a Change
As I write this post, I am in Mexico City having just spent the day with a group of mid-career managers facilitating a program about how to have more productive conversations at work. I cannot say for sure what the participants got from today’s session, but I definitely walked away with some food for thought. The fact that today’s workshop, one I have facilitated dozens of times, affected me differently, might have had something to do with a recent interview I heard with Thich Nant Hanh on the NPR program Humankind. Nhat Hanh is a Zen monk and peace activist who spoke eloquently...

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New Existentialists

The Pathological Twisting of Bradley Manning: Part Two: Social Change as “Post-Adolescent Idealism”

12/05/2013
The Pathological Twisting of Bradley Manning: Part Two: Social Change as “Post-Adolescent Idealism”
Pathological diagnosis can be used by medical and psychological professionals as a neutralizing technique by transforming social discontent into personal doubt and imaginary demons. For the vulnerable subject involved it can function as a kind of mental pill that if swallowed can leave them impotent and unable to defend themselves or see reality clearly. In this excerpt, the psychological experts attempt to define Manning's actions as a maladjusted developmental phase. Q. What is post-adolescent idealism? A. So post-adolescent idealism, it's a normal state of adult development that...

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New Existentialists

The Pathological Twisting of Bradley Manning; Part One

12/04/2013
The Pathological Twisting of Bradley Manning; Part One
The sentencing of Bradley Manning in August 2013 ended for the moment a type of social theater where many interesting and at times disturbing realities were brought to center stage. In relation to the theme of psychological diagnosis, what was fascinating was how the legal debate surrounding Manning's reasoning for leaking the documents shifted from political to psychological discourses. Both the prosecutors and the defense, perhaps for different reasons, moved attention away from the question of the validity of his reason for releasing the documents he made available to the public to...

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Rethinking Complexity

Social Media, Shared Learning, and the Consciousness of Collaboration

12/03/2013
Social Media, Shared Learning, and the Consciousness of Collaboration
Recently, through a Saybrook University learning experiment entitled “Project X” participants were immersed in a learning experience designed through the lens of social media. The course was on Evolutionary Leadership for Sustainability and was facilitated by Kathia Laszlo, Ph.D. As a bit of a flanuer, I observed the class for research on its effectiveness and design, while becoming a member of the input as well.  From this overarching lens, the boundaries of this learning objective stretched into multiple directions such as technology and self-expression, collaboration...

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New Existentialists

Zap! Pow! Bam! Being!: Batkid, Cirque du Soleil, and the Soul of a City

12/03/2013
Zap! Pow! Bam! Being!: Batkid, Cirque du Soleil, and the Soul of a City
Within Existential conversations, there is a lot of talk about Being. And why not? Existentialism has been called the “Science of Being” and, as such, how “Being” is defined and understood tends to be the basic premise against which all our movement’s themes and concerns are evaluated. “Being” has been described as the ur-experience, the primal essence of the living organism, the inner force of potentia—potential—that leads the organism to “the most alive feeling of power” (May, 2004, p. 31) or the fullest expression of its...

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