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New School of MBM Instructor Deborah Wilcox Presents Poster on Building Communities of Wellness, for American Public Health Association

11/06/2013
Poster on Building Communities of Wellness

 

Dr. Deborah Wilcox recently joined the adjunct faculty of Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine.  Dr. Wilcox holds a master's degree in public administration, a master's in clinical community counseling, and a doctorate in counseling education. She has previously served as an instructor at Kent State University, the University of Dayton, Union Institute, and the University of Cincinnati, providing instruction in multi-cultural counseling, adolescent development, public health administration, and grant writing.

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New Existentialists

Remembering Clark Moustakas (1923-2012)

11/06/2013
Remembering Clark Moustakas (1923-2012)
Of being with Clark Moustakas,  Diane Blau recalls: I enter his office filled with a keen sense of anticipation. I have been invited here, all of me. I know there is a dedicated space prepared for me, ready for whatever I bring. I sit and feel his gentle and vital presence, his soft gaze, and a leaning in, a patient waiting. There is a range of possibility open to me: an exploration of self. Then and there, whatever I say, whoever I am will be accepted and respected. For a second I feel carried away, or rather into the moment and I feel free to sit silently, to ponder, to look inward,...

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Rethinking Complexity

Systems thinking and courage

11/05/2013
Systems thinking and courage
In all the books and research papers on systems thinking that I have read, I don't think I have yet found the word courage as part of the language used. There is a lot written about systems thinking in terms of it's relevance and importance, it's theories and methodologies, but nothing about what it takes--emotionally. And I'm convinced: systems thinking not only requires skill, it also takes courage. I was invited as a keynote speaker to the 9th Brazilian Congress of Systems in Palmas, Brazil. My colleague, Raul Espejo, was the speaker who opened the conference. His...

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New Existentialists

When Your Best Is Not Enough

11/05/2013
When Your Best Is Not Enough
One of the dictates of our day is to “do your best.” We encourage children, students, athletes, and employees to do their best. We console ourselves after a loss that we “did our best.” While “doing your best” can often be honorable and true, there are many times that doing our best is not enough, and as Winston Churchill said, “we must do what is required.” There are times when our best is not enough. There are times when we must screw our courage to the sticking point, dig our heels in, and do what is required. There is a story of a young...

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New Existentialists

"Just the Facts?" Isn't Enough. Turns Out All Knowledge Is Qualitative

11/04/2013
"Just the Facts?" Isn't Enough.  Turns Out All Knowledge Is Qualitative
A new study out of Yale demonstrates that people frequently twist basic mathematically data to fit their pre-conceptions about issues they have strong feelings about (like gun control) … and that the more competent in mathematics the person is, the more likely they are to misunderstand the data in a way that fits their prejudice.  Get it?  The better quantitative skills you have, the more likely you are to twist quantitative data to fit your world view. This phenomenon is not a surprise to those of us in the humanities, or those in the social sciences who are not...

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New Existentialists

What Would Jesus Do?

11/01/2013
What Would Jesus Do?
I am willing to admit that I live in a “bubble”—a liberal bubble. I live in an East Coast city and agree with most progressive political and social positions. Most of the people I associate with share similar views and opinions. It takes concentrated effort, therefore, to understand views diametrically opposed to my own. One example is people’s opposition to gay rights and gay marriage. I cheered when New Jersey recently became the fourteenth state in the U.S. to legalize gay marriage after Governor Chris Christie withdrew his administration’s legal opposition...

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Rethinking Complexity

The Other Side of Leaning In

11/01/2013
The Other Side of Leaning In
I love Cheryl Sandberg--her incredible presence, her role as adult supervisor to a difficult tech leader, her social commitment and philanthropy, her role as a parent and spouse, and her new book, Lean In. But I also felt a bit uncomfortable when I read it. I liked and shared her positive emphasis on empowering yourself, and her assumption that personal skills help you make your way at work. I teach the same skills and encourage people to use them, and I see many people who diminish themselves and do not stand up for who they are. But I was deeply challenged when I read a recent...

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New Existentialists

The Courage to Seek: An Awakening Journey of Being: Part Two: The Paradoxical Experience of Being—Freedom & Death

10/31/2013
The Courage to Seek: An Awakening Journey of Being: Part Two: The Paradoxical Experience of Being—Freedom & Death
As I immerse myself in “the work” and struggle to seek a new way of experiencing and being, I was able to appreciate the meaning of the four important paradoxical concepts of our human existence Irvin Yalom described in his book Existential Psychology (1980) from a whole new perspective. Freedom vs. Responsibility I flew many miles across the Pacific Ocean to seek freedom—freedom from my assumed responsibilities back home, and from the self-imposed limitations in my way of being as a matured, responsible individual given my cultural/religious values and beliefs. And...

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Rethinking Complexity

Trust, Governance, and the Internet

10/30/2013
Trust, Governance, and the Internet
A recent article by Bruce Schneier, author of the book Liars and Outliers, is titled “The Battle for Power on the Internet.” As he introduces the problem: “We’re in the middle of an epic battle for power in cyberspace. On one side are the traditional, organized, institutional powers such as governments and large multinational corporations. On the other are the distributed and nimble: grassroots movements, dissident groups, hackers, and criminals” (par. 1).  It is certainly a familiar theme at present.  Reports about surveillance...

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New Existentialists

Death, Grief, and Judgment

10/30/2013
Death, Grief, and Judgment
Part of my faith practice involves the celebration of All Saints Day on November 1. It is a day set aside to remember those people of faith who have died in the past year. This remembrance is a reminder of what the writer to the Hebrews called, “this great cloud of witnesses.” This great cloud of witnesses is all those people of faith who have gone before us, as well as those who will come after us. As I grow older and I know more people who have died, this day of remembrance holds more and more significance. It is also a significant day in my life because it is the birthday of...

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