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Intention: Vital to Effective Action

03/20/2014
Intention: Vital to Effective Action
“He who has a why can bear almost any how.” -- Friedrich Nietzsche We all know intention without action leads to nothing, but what about action without intention? When we focus on accomplishing something before fully considering the purpose behind it, the action can be a wasted effort. Your intention is important because you gain clarity of purpose prior to the action you take. The extra time taken to clarify why you are doing something can be the difference between acting for the sake of being busy versus actually accomplishing something important. Intentions are important for...

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New Existentialists

Re-visioning Existential Psychology Beyond the Consulting Room

03/20/2014
Re-visioning Existential Psychology Beyond the Consulting Room
In Judaism, there is a concept of social action called Tikkun Olam—repairing or healing the world. There are millions of large and small ways to do Tikkun Olam—from working in soup kitchens to volunteering in African refugee zones to recycling your trash. Two of my first tutors in existential psychotherapy in England, Mary Sullivan and Harriett Goldenberg (2003), wrote, “Some of us have chosen this particular mode of involving ourselves with the world of persons; we believe it to be the best for us to implement an intention to repair, and to ‘give something back....

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Brooks and Life's Existential Dimensions

03/19/2014
Brooks and Life's Existential Dimensions
David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times, may be the only major conservative media figure today covering the “evolutionary psychology” beat—along with the “neuropsychology” beat, and the occasional writings of biophysicists and theorists of mind. His writing of the past few years has sought to expose the way “human nature” is indeed animal—if not to say “chemical” and “mechanical.” But in a March 14 column, Brooks drew a line in the sand, suggesting that such an approach can only go so far—and no farther. He...

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Diversity: Why We Can’t Stop Talking

03/18/2014
Diversity: Why We Can’t Stop Talking
“We don’t need to talk about diversity; we’ve got that covered.” Whenever I hear these or similar words, I immediately am skeptical and on guard. In fact, I would say that statements of this sentiment are among the most common microaggressions in contemporary culture. When it comes to diversity, we never have it covered; it’s a work in progress at best. Even where we expect institutions to be good at diversity, there are still significant problems. Higher education has been one of the fields voicing the strongest commitments to multiculturalism and diversity. Yet...

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Myth: The Mind-Body Connection

03/17/2014
Myth: The Mind-Body Connection
The word myth has various definitions and meanings. Henry Murray’s (1960) Myth and Mythmaking began with a definition that I particularly like from the work of Mark Schorer in “The Necessity of Myth” from his writings on William Blake: Myths are the instruments by which we continually struggle to make our experience intelligible to ourselves…. [They are] a large, controlling image that gives philosophical meaning to the facts of ordinary life; that is, which has organizing value for experience (Murray, p. 355). Without such images, experience is chaotic, fragmentary,...

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Rethinking Complexity

Getting Over Happiness: A Contrarian’s Meditation

03/16/2014
Getting Over Happiness: A Contrarian’s Meditation
An emerging field of research informs us about relative “levels” of happiness reported in various countries. I learned that Finns are the happiest people in the world, except perhaps for the citizens of Bhutan, who regularly  report their Gross National Happiness Index.  I assume that the residents of tropical paradises are also happy. But I really have no idea whether or not I am happy. I am not often sad and depressed, but other than that, the idea of increasing my level of happiness has no reality for me. My response to a happiness poll is to click on “Don...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Dr. Beverly Rubik, Biophysicist, Energy Medicine Specialist, and Saybrook Faculty Member Presents Research Results on Human Blood at Nutrition Conference in the United Kingdom

03/16/2014
Dr. Beverly Rubik Lecturing at Surrey, United Kingdom

The Weston A. Price Foundation held a European Conference from the 8th to 9th of February 2014 at Esher in Surrey, United Kingdom. This event was accredited by The Naturopathic Nutrition Association*, the Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (FNTP), and the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT). This two day conference had a range of speakers from all over the world; from Kings College London to Saybrook University.   School of Mind-Body Medicine doctoral student Yasmin Headley attended the conference, and reports here on a presentation by Saybrook University instructor Beverly Rubik.

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Existential Roundup

03/14/2014
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 some of you may be like me and may still be suffering the impact of changing the clocks to Daylight Savings Time—I really missed that extra hour of sleep—emotions may be in hyperdrive this week, so that’s what we will be highlighting. We first welcome Time Magazine to the world of 21st century existential-humanistic psychology in recognizing that “Emotions May Not Be So Universal...

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Rethinking Complexity

Revitalizing Downtown Communities

03/14/2014
Revitalizing Downtown Communities
Recently I had the opportunity to visit and experience the work being done as part of the Las Vegas  Downtown Project.  It is a $350M project with a mission to “ transform Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world”.   They are working on that mission actively through the purchase of real estate and investing in small business, start-up technology, and education.  The work is well underway with a number of new small businesses and tech centers, a preschool that is developing into K-12, and a growing community of young people. Tony...

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Cheer Up!

03/13/2014
Cheer Up!
I am a worried man. I worry mostly about things far outside of my own control—like climate change, racism, wealth inequality, the dismantling of our democracy. People get the impression I am an unhappy person. They try to cheer me up. Make a list of positive things in your life, they say, or listen to happy music, or hug your kid. Really, though, I am content being discontent. Happy moments come along unplanned but recognized, and the best of these are gripped through with melancholy. My son’s birthday party is cause for celebration: what a wonderful, open, caring young man he is...

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