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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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The Peril is Not Mental Illness but the Polarized Mind: The Social Catastrophe That Gets Repeatedly Overlooked

03/12/2014
The Peril is Not Mental Illness but the Polarized Mind: The Social Catastrophe That Gets Repeatedly Overlooked
There is a reason that many of the most twisted and destructive people on this planet are not seen as “mental patients.” They tend to be ordinary or even celebrated individuals—and their brains are as “normal” as the rest of us. Does this not tell us something glaring about the inadequacy of our current diagnostic system, as well as the culture out of which it arises? We have no language for the malady that both supersedes and in many cases fuels the diagnostic categories we conventionally term psychiatric illnesses, and our reduction of them to brain...

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Rethinking Complexity

Saybrook in Japan: An International Collaboration for Innovation in Applied Systems Science

03/11/2014
Saybrook in Japan: An International Collaboration for Innovation in Applied Systems Science
I just returned from another trip to Japan, this time including a first visit to Osaka.  The first few days were spent in Tokyo, at the seventh workshop and symposium about service systems science, hosted by Prof. Kyoichi (Jim) Kijima from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.  The purpose of the event was “to describe visions of the society in ten years time, and to develop real ICT-based devices/products/services/networks to cope with challenges in an aging society to lead to a smart and sustainable society by co-creating new social value. In particular, Japan should be the...

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Saybrook in Japan: An International Collaboration for Innovation in Applied Systems Science

03/11/2014
Saybrook in Japan: An International Collaboration for Innovation in Applied Systems Science
I just returned from another trip to Japan, this time including a first visit to Osaka.  The first few days were spent in Tokyo, at the seventh workshop and symposium about service systems science, hosted by Prof. Kyoichi (Jim) Kijima from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.  The purpose of the event was “to describe visions of the society in ten years time, and to develop real ICT-based devices/products/services/networks to cope with challenges in an aging society to lead to a smart and sustainable society by co-creating new social value. In particular, Japan should be the...

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Love and a Hockey Game

03/11/2014
Love and a Hockey Game
We were ten rows up from the ice, sitting almost directly behind the goalie. There were 18,000-plus people sitting around us screaming and yelling for the home team, but I was most focused on the young woman sitting next to me. I have known her since she was three; we have been part of the same family since she was ten. It has been a rough 30-plus year relationship, but one I wouldn’t give up for the world. The one common bond my stepdaughter and I have always shared is the love of sports. When she was growing up, she was always willing to go to a sporting event with me. Most of the...

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