Alumna Marie Fonrose, PhD '03 who lost 11 relatives in the recent Haiti earthquake outlines her Haiti mission below. To donate money to support Marie in her work in Haiti, send checks to Saybrook University, attention the Alumni Association Haiti Fund or go to http://www.saybrook.edu/phs/support Be sure to designate your donation in support of the Alumni Haiti Fund. Marie will be leaving for...
From a press release: UnTherapy Can Release Self-defeating Patterns UnTherapy speaks to the hearts and souls of self-improvement junkies who find themselves teetering on the brink of burnout as a result of working on themselves for years on end. Self-improvement can be self-abusive because the constant drive to fix, cure, and acquire, prevents peace of mind in the present, says Dr....
A Call for contributions: Edited book Mental Health and Anomalous Experience Original contributions (exposition papers, critical literature reviews, methodological evaluations or papers presenting novel methodologies, but not new empirical work) are invited for an edited book on 'Mental Health and Anomalous Experience' (negotiations with publishers in progress). The book is intended to be of...
Trauma, Dissociation, and Intimate Relationships A Special Issue of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation The guest editors are inviting submissions on the associations among trauma, dissociation, and intimate relationships. In addition to its impact on individual psychological well-being, trauma creates barriers to healthy interpersonal functioning. This is not limited to romantic...
Alumna Susan Gordon recently wrote a paper for the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy based on her candidacy essay on Alan Watts. She says they loved it! Susan's Coming Lectures: Existential psychology and the meaning of human development. Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Pacific Grove, CA (6/18-6/21/10) http://www.sacpweb.org Neurophenomenology: The mind and the brain....
Alumna Renee Levi, PhD 03 has been associated with the Powers of Place Initiative over the last year. You are invited to visit the new Powers of Place website: www.powersofplace.com The web site, which explores how place, space and environment contributes to individual and collective transformation, was created by a small but growing international network of people supported by the Fetzer...
Dear Saybrook Faculty, Staff, Board Members, and Alumni, Earlier, I spoke with Saybrook alumna and immigrant from Haiti, Marie Fonrose, Ph.D. ’03, who thinks that mental health issues are going to become more serious in Haiti as this crisis progresses. She has an uncle in Haiti who is already showing signs of earthquake related stress, including delusions. The lack of food and water, and...
When Americans think of innovation, we tend to think of Silicon Valley. We don’t think about Israel or India … but we should.
Recently a host of articles, in the New York Times, in Business Week, and elsewhere, have begun praising the new innovation-driven business cultures of up-and-coming countries like Israel and India. These cultures, and other smaller markets around the globe, are grabbing headlines and investment dollars for their ability to come up with creative solutions that their bigger competitors … even in Silicon Valley … are missing.
What happened? How did corners of the world once better known for conflict and poverty suddenly turn into champions of original thinking?
The same way Silicon Valley did, says Prasad Kaipa, a respected global consultant on business innovation who teaches Organizational Systems at Saybrook’s Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies and is the executive director of the Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Change at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. Whether in Boston or Bangalore, the process for creating “clusters” of innovation is fairly similar across the board.
“You can’t just order people to be innovative and expect it to work in a meaningful way,” says Kaipa (who is also quoted in the Business Week article as an expert in India’s culture of innovation). “You have to have an ecosystem for innovation, and that ecosystem has got several elements.”
“I have a pretty good marriage,” author Elizabeth Weil wrote late last year in the New York Times. “It could be better.”
It was the first line in an article about how she and her husband tried to improve their marriage – which they were already pretty happy with – through therapy. It didn’t work out.
“My marriage was good,” she writes, “utterly central to my existence …” until therapy. As therapy went on, things changed.
“Over the months Dan and I applied ourselves to our marriage, we struggled, we bridled, we jockeyed for position. Dan grew enraged at me; I pulled away from him,” she writes. “I learned things about myself and my relationship with Dan I had worked hard not to know.”
In the end, they decided to abandon therapy, and the idea of marriage improvement, and settle for a “good enough marriage.” Weil is now working on a memoir about marriage improvement.
Since the article was published, it’s been the subject of ongoing conversation. What happened? What does her experience say about therapy … and about marriage?
Actually very little, says Ann Bernhardt, who directs the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Saybrook’s Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies. Reading Weil’s article, she wasn’t reminded of any therapy sessions she’s seen … but she was reminded of an article she read that came out on the same day.
It was about the White House dinner crashers.
As a doctoral student in Education Law and Policy studies, there was no need for Vince Pellegrino to push any boundaries with his dissertation. He could have done something rote, conservative, and safe.
Instead, he found himself working on a qualitative, humanistic, study of symbolic language in the civil rights movement, viewed through a feminist perspective.
“Plato describes the context for learning as other people, because learning involves understanding, deeply understanding, what other people mean,” Vince says. “So I examined speeches from the civil rights era to capture the context of meanings about words used like color or gender, and the symbolic issues they raised during that time.”
Why did he do it? Why did he go so far out of his way to write a dissertation that involved qualitative research and potential political ramifications?
“It was having good faculty members push me along to do deep exploration of my topic, and at the end still love it, not hate it,” he says. “That made all the difference. I value that engaged learning, and the way it was made available to me.”
Today Vince Pellegrino is Saybrook’s Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, and he says the experience of his dissertation helps him understand the value of Saybrook’s values, and its model of education.