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Dostoyevsky Out Of Context

03/06/2014
Dostoyevsky Out Of Context
Kazimir Malevich was punished by Stalin’s regime for creating bourgeois art. Stalin expected that all art reflect Communist beliefs: it was expected to be realist and populist. Malevich’s cubist works attempted to reduce scenes to their most basic visual elements, culminating in the infamous “black square.” His works were seized, some burned, and he was banned from producing art. After some reeducation, Kazimir was allowed to return to the art world, where he produced pictures of Russian people. Each contained elements of cubism but were essentially cubist. As a...

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We Are All Oppressors

03/05/2014
We Are All Oppressors
The most detrimental forms of microaggressions are usually delivered by well-intentioned individuals who are unaware that they have engaged in harmful conduct toward a socially devalued group. (Sue, 2010, p. 3) “Of course, I don’t mean you. You’re just like us,” my friend says. I feel my chest tighten as I hold my breath. Yet again, an unintentionally hurtful comment heavy with microaggression has come my way. Yet again, I am faced with that dilemma: speak up and risk creating a rupture in my friendship or stay silent and attempt to turn a blind eye while knowing that...

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Rethinking Complexity

Myths About Leadership

03/05/2014
Myths About Leadership
In 2010 IBM published a study identifying complexity as the primary challenge for leaders.  Intuitively, we can relate to this study’s premise.  However, we may have different understandings of complexity ranging from mere complication to total chaos. Complexity can be defined as a state of intricacy, complication, variety and involvement in the interconnected parts of a system.  The key word in this definition is interaction.  A system, any system, is made out of interconnected parts.  In the case of a social system, the interconnected parts are humans like the...

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Work-Life Balance, Authenticity, and Existential Values

03/04/2014
Work-Life Balance, Authenticity, and Existential Values
I deeply believe that one of our greatest crises in the United States, as well as much of the world, is our inability to achieve work-life balance. Although “crisis” may sound dramatic, I believe there is a case for it. The psychological and physical health costs are quite significant, despite the difficulty in calculating them. These costs are hidden under personal and family stress, fast food and other poor eating habits, and habitual stress. I come from a family of workaholics. Early in my career, 80-hour workweeks were not unusual for me and 60-hour-plus workweeks were the...

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Love It or Leave It

03/03/2014
Love It or Leave It
Why don't presidents fight the wars? Why do they always send the poor? Why do they always send the poor? Why do they always send the poor?  - System of a Down We can all identify a few times, a few events in our lives, that have changed us. That have awakened us, startled our awareness, opened us to a view of things that was previously impossible. One of these times for me was a lecture—I can't even remember the context or subject—about the idea of "love it or leave it." The idea under contention was that if someone disrespected the flag, we had the right to...

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Rethinking Complexity

A Workplace Without Borders

03/01/2014
A Workplace Without Borders
Over time, people across the world have self-organized themselves in a variety of ways. There are tribes, villages, towns and cities. Then there are city-states, nation-states and even empires. All have cultures, even subcultures that make them distinctive and give them an identity. They have borders that create separation and avenues of commerce that promote their economies. Emerging now is a global village. A complex interdependent society, comprised of nations and ethnicities that span the world, draws upon a global intercultural workplace for organizational operations and social well-...

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Rethinking Complexity

A Workplace Without Borders, Part 1

03/01/2014
A Workplace Without Borders, Part 1
Over time, people across the world have self-organized themselves in a variety of ways. There are tribes, villages, towns and cities. Then there are city-states, nation-states and even empires. All have cultures, even subcultures that make them distinctive and give them an identity. They have borders that create separation and avenues of commerce that promote their economies. Emerging now is a global village. A complex interdependent society, comprised of nations and ethnicities that span the world, draws upon a global intercultural workplace for organizational operations and social well-...

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Existential Roundup

02/28/2014
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 roundup starts with the wild wacky world of the brain. The Atlantic reports about a new study about how the brain views the process of music, specifically focusing on the neuroscience of jazz. What the researchers at Johns Hopkins have found is that jazz, with its emphasis on improvisation, activates the parts of the brain traditionally associated with spoken language and syntax—that the music...

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Mind-Body Medicine

MBM Student Lynne Shaner, Turning Toward Community for Strength

02/27/2014
School of Mind-BOdy Medicine PhD Student Lynne Shaner

 

In December of 2013 doctoral student Lynne Shaner had surgery on her eye to correct a condition called thyroid eye disease.  After surgery she developed a post-surgical eye infection that her physicians later described as “The Triangle of Death.” The words paint an alarming picture of her condition and Lynne recollects that "hearing those words felt surreal.”

After several CT scans, 3 MRI’s, and multiple rounds of intravenous antibiotics Lynne began feeling a deep despair, like there was no end in sight.  Rather than relying on her usual self-sufficient move forward attitude, Lynne knew she needed support and reached out to the communities that she has been cultivating, including the Saybrook School of Mind Body Medicine.

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British Invasion of Memory

02/27/2014
British Invasion of Memory
Whether you remember or anticipate, you do it now. The past is no more. The future is not yet. --Fritz Perls Watching the remaining living Beatles reunite a few weeks ago to celebrate and remember the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964—the moment that marked the beginning of the British Invasion—I realized how much of who I am in the here-and-now has been permeated by that moment. Although it would be a whole 21 months more before I would actually see the light of day, I grew up in a world shaped by that British Invasion,...

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