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Getting Real About Virtual Reality’s Victims

05/13/2014
Getting Real About Virtual Reality’s Victims
What does the clinical literature say about how to treat someone whose avatar was sexually abused online? To my knowledge, it doesn't really say anything—but 20 years of reportage from online cultures suggest not only that this experience happens, but that some people experience it as quite traumatizing. Such a violation is the tip of a very deep iceberg. Last week, in a guest contribution to the New Existentialists, Josh Weddle wrote eloquently about the very real potential of new technologies to offer new approaches to clinical care in mental health. Today, I’d like to...

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The Relationship in Academia

05/12/2014
The Relationship in Academia
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on May 6, 2014 reported on recent research suggesting that a connection with a caring professor may be an important contributing factor to college success (Carlson, 2014). For existential psychologists, this is not surprising. There is a preponderance of evidence suggesting that it is the relationship that heals in therapy (Elkins, 2009; Wampold, 2001). It is not surprising that the same is true in academia. Yet, this is not as simple as just telling professors to be kind and caring. The article states, “College graduates… had...

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Existential Roundup

05/09/2014
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. Who are you? Who am I? The question of identity and authenticity is one that has plagued all philosophers—not just the existentialists—since the beginnings of time. Some new research discusses how we construct aspects of our identities, our personalities, and our wishes to change our character entirely. One question we always want to know—are you an introvert or extrovert? Are you social or...

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Antihero In Real Time

05/08/2014
Antihero In Real Time
Here is my latest confession: I am addicted to the television show 24. This is not news, since the show was on for eight seasons and went off the air in 2010. But it has resurfaced, with new episodes that began this past Monday as 24: Live Another Day. I am sucker for everything about 24—the format (the show purports to be happening in “real time” so that each minute of the 60-minute show is indeed a real minute in the world of the characters), the storylines (political terror and intrigue), and of course, the characters. Jack Bauer has become quite the icon in the pantheon...

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On the Verge of Virtual, and Why Psychologists Should Care

05/07/2014
On the Verge of Virtual, and Why Psychologists Should Care
Facebook recently announced its acquisition of Oculus (Associated Press, 2014), a company that has been making waves for developing immersive hardware for virtual reality technology. As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, the benefits of virtual reality stretch far beyond video games, and could "someday be used to enjoy a courtside seat at a basketball game, study in a classroom, consult with a doctor face-to-face or shop in a virtual store" (Associated Press, 2014). The potential for such a product is immensely vast. Reports about the Oculus technology reflect a fully real sensation...

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A Cultural Crisis of Responsibility: Responding to a Denial of Our Humanity

05/06/2014
A Cultural Crisis of Responsibility: Responding to a Denial of Our Humanity
When I received my new insurance cards for our family’s vehicles, I was struck that on the back it reads, “Do not admit fault,” in bold print. In a previous employment setting, we were told to never admit a mistake due to the possibility it could create a vulnerability to being sued. Many therapy students, by time they graduate, are so afraid of making a mistake that could cost them their licenses that they end up being highly constrained therapists, often leading to ineffectiveness. I was recently part of an intense disagreement that occurred within a group setting. In...

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What Is Your Question?

05/05/2014
What Is Your Question?
Taking the opportunity to read a women's magazine recently while on a long flight, I was struck by the title of the Editor's column "What's Your Question?" (Lesley Jane Seymour, More Magazine, May 2014). The editor was reporting on a conference focusing on women's issues at Duke University, and specifically on a presentation, "The Heart of the Matter—What is Your Question?" Commenting that she was looking for answers, not questions, she attended reluctantly. Yet, she was surprised to discover how personally meaningful the session turned out to be. So...

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Existential Roundup

05/02/2014
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. This week’s roundup starts with a few surprises—a few little ditties to see how awake we all are. The first surprise comes from a blog in England explaining to us “Why the US Abhors Existentialism.” If you are anything like me, the title might put you off at first since if you are reading this column you must have some interest in existentialism. And if you ignore the reductionist tone of...

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Rethinking Complexity

Organizational Health Key to Innovation

05/01/2014
Organizational Health Key to Innovation
Is risk encouraged or discouraged in your organization? What happens when someone makes a mistake? When I talk with a potential client with regard to his or her organization, these are questions I like to ask because they provide me with an indication of just how much of a learning organization it may or may not be. Peter M. Senge describes this concept in great detail in his book, “The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization.” So much of organizational health is determined by how these two questions are answered because a healthy organization is one...

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Family for Thought?

05/01/2014
Family for Thought?
A recent article in The New York Times asked “Are You My Cousin?” The article describes the writer’s journey into discovering his family tree through the new world of genealogy software. For those of you who haven’t seen any of the commercials, there are several programs widely available to help you find all the relatives and ancestors you could ever want (or not want) to find. And the results are often surprising. Many people discover they are distant cousins of famous people. Perhaps tenth and eleventh cousins by marriage but cousins nonetheless. A new claim to fame...

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