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Schoolo of Mind-Body Medicine Admissions Counselor, Shohreh Seirafi, Shares her Persian Heritage

04/11/2014
Persian Fire Ceremony March 2014 in Bay Area

 

Shohreh Seirafi is the Senior Admissions Counselor for the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine, as well as for the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry Human Science program.

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New Existentialists

Existential Roundup

04/11/2014
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. With Spring Break coming up for elementary, middle, and high school children, many people may be wondering about what to do with the children for this Passover/Easter/vacation week? And the most burning question of all—what psychological and existential questions can we discuss? Well, fear no more. This week’s roundup is here to help you out of your conundrum. Having been teenagers ourselves, we know...

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New Existentialists

The Two-Way Mirror: Projection, Responsibility, and Connection

04/10/2014
The Two-Way Mirror: Projection, Responsibility, and Connection
Here in Chicago, we have been experiencing the first tantalizing hints of spring after the coldest winter on record. I am giddy with excitement to see the tips of tiny daffodil shoots poking shyly through the soil. The weeping willows that line our yard have quite suddenly and boldly sported the yellow tone that heralds the imminent growth of strands of elongated, deep green leaves. Chipmunks have dutifully and enthusiastically begun their seasonal scolding of the squirrels. I paused this evening on my walk from the train station to our house, just to savor the rosy glow of a sunset that...

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Rethinking Complexity

Complexity and Grace

04/09/2014
Complexity and Grace
I have been teaching systems thinking as an approach to deal with complexity for many years. Complexity has become a catch word, something that is recognized as a part of modern life, something that should not be ignored or simplified. We have too many examples of reductionist approaches that tried to solve a problem through a technological (quick) fix to only find out that the solution had “side effects” that made the problem worse or created new problems. So acknowledging and even embracing complexity has been, in my opinion, a step in the right direction.  However, there...

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New Existentialists

Nuts to Passover?

04/09/2014
Nuts to Passover?
The Jewish holiday of Passover is arguably the most existential-phenomenological of all the Jewish holidays. In the Haggadah, the book we read at the Passover Seder on the first two nights of the holiday, the text asks us to imagine ourselves as slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt—to put ourselves in the places of our forbearers, to truly try to feel what it feels like to be enslaved, and then to be liberated. Among the many rituals that help cultivate this feeling is the one that prohibits the eating of “leavened” bread—bread that has been allowed to rise. The story behind...

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New Existentialists

Love Is Not Enough

04/08/2014
Love Is Not Enough
We grow up believing that love is all that matters. Countless songs and movies repeating the mantra that “Love is all you need” in all its variations. From the angst of being the first to say, “I love you” in a relationship, to the unbearable pain of unrequited love, or the overwhelming maternal love for our children, we are conditioned to feel that love is the answer to all things despite the pain that goes with it. Love is the panacea to all ills and the foundation of all relationships. Love conquers all things, and as long as we love our parents, siblings, spouses,...

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Sex in Humanistic Psychology and Psychotherapy

04/07/2014
Sex in Humanistic Psychology and Psychotherapy
“Sex in humanistic psychology and psychotherapy: A community roundtable and discussion” evoked a sense of mystery within myself as I explored the thought of sexual attraction towards clients within the scope of humanistic psychology. Each member of the panel, chaired by Shawn Rubin, and consisting of Louis Hoffman, Heatherlynn Hoffman, Kristopher Lichtanski, and Veronica Valdivia, enthralled me as they approached the topic from various vantage points from heterosexual attractedness, homosexual attractedness, to LGBT/queer-identified attractedness within the therapeutic...

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New Existentialists

Existential Roundup

04/04/2014
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. Since spring is the time of the year associated with awakenings and reawakenings, this roundup will focus on articles and new research that at the very least may widen your eyes. Just in case you did not think philosophers or psychologists could rate on the popularity lists, check out these two lists, one from Prospect Magazine as reported in The Guardian and one from the British Psychological Society Research...

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Rethinking Complexity

Creating Safe Spaces to Turn Challenges into Opportunities

04/03/2014
Creating Safe Spaces to Turn Challenges into Opportunities
Many of today’s complexity-related challenges require leaders to create more space in the workplace for people to share their difficulties and concerns, and explore new ways of addressing them. Whenever we are facing the unknown, doing something we haven’t done before, and unsure how to approach a new challenge or what the outcome might be, we feel vulnerable. This sense of vulnerability often precedes our knowing what we can expect of ourselves, or what is expected of us in our work environments, and can cause undue stress.  I was speaking recently to a healthcare...

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Rethinking Complexity

Creating Safe Spaces to Turn Challenges into Opportunities

04/03/2014
Creating Safe Spaces to Turn Challenges into Opportunities
Many of today’s complexity-related challenges require leaders to create more space in the workplace for people to share their difficulties and concerns, and explore new ways of addressing them. Whenever we are facing the unknown, doing something we haven’t done before, and unsure how to approach a new challenge or what the outcome might be, we feel vulnerable. This sense of vulnerability often precedes our knowing what we can expect of ourselves, or what is expected of us in our work environments, and can cause undue stress.  I was speaking recently to a healthcare...

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