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Spoiler Alert

06/12/2014
Spoiler Alert
I took my son to see the latest offering in the Spiderman franchise. He is not as cynical as me yet, still young enough to be into the superhero thing. I got the spectacle I more or less expected: graphic effects so crystalline they were unreal, pointless violence, huge explosions. It isn't a bad piece of work for what it is, and if you are planning to see it yourself, you should stop reading now. I'll be giving away the ending in the next paragraph. I did not expect an unhappy ending. At the end of the film, the hero fails to save his girlfriend. We are all set up to expect a...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Member of School of Mind-Body Medicine Faculty to Serve on Board for Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP)

06/11/2014
Luann Fortune, PhD, School of Mind-Body Medicine

 

Luann Fortune, PhD, is a member of the teaching faculty in Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine, and serves as the School's Director of Instructional Excellence, overseeing course development and online teaching.  Dr. Fortune  just returned from the annual conference of the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP). During the conference, she was elected to serve on ICNAP’s Executive Committee where she assumes the role of Treasurer effective immediately.

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Mind-Body Medicine

Welcome to the New Nutrition MS Degree Program Director: Mary Beth Augustine, RDN, CDN

06/11/2014
Director of MS Degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Mary Beth Augusti

 

The School of Mind-Body Medicine welcomes Mary Beth Augustine as the Director for the new MS Degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition.  Ms. Augustine is Senior Integrative Nutritionist at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Center for Health & Healing, New York, where she has maintained a faculty practice and directed the Integrative Nutrition Intern and Observership Program since 2000. Previously she served as Integrative Medicine Nutritionist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and conducted cardiovascular risk reduction research at the American Health Foundation.

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Lost in Fear

06/11/2014
Lost in Fear
Recently, my 10-year-old grandson and I were looking at the various different science fiction films and television offerings from Netflix. As we were looking, we ran across the 60’s television series Lost in Space. I told him how I watched the program every week while it was on. He asked if we could watch a couple of episodes, and so we did. From the outset, he thought it was one of the funniest programs he had ever seen. He called the crashed spaceship weird, and the robot dumb, and the scientist stupid. We both laughed at the poor graphics and dialogue. But as we were watching, I was...

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Rethinking Complexity

Do the Work to be Lucky in Your Career

06/11/2014
Do the Work to be Lucky in Your Career
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”  — Seneca I often encounter people I admire who seem extremely lucky in getting a great job, regular promotions, and seemingly unlimited professional success. For the most part, I believe these people earned this fate through taking responsibility for their luck. What I mean by taking responsibility is that they are doing the work necessary to be lucky in their careers. In psychologist Richard Wiseman’s book “The Luck Factor,” he studied thousands of exceptionally “lucky” and...

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New Existentialists

The Lamed-Vov (Thirty-Six Hidden Saints)

06/10/2014
The Lamed-Vov (Thirty-Six Hidden Saints)
The fields of humanistic and transpersonal psychology today are enlarged by the wisdom of the world’s great spiritual traditions. In this light, one of the oldest and most profound Jewish legends is that of the 36 hidden just persons, known in Yiddish as the Lamed-vovniks (lamed-vov means “thirty-six” in Hebrew). Tradition has taught that in every generation, humanity is sustained by these secret saints who engage quietly yet powerfully in acts of kindness, compassion, and altruism. As the Talmud records the evocative words of the fourth-century Babylonian Jew, Abaye, these...

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Just Because You Have a Therapist…

06/09/2014
Just Because You Have a Therapist…
In the Existential Roundup for May 30, 2014, I referred to an article that had completely incensed me, one that blamed therapy culture for Elliott Rodger’s homicidal rampage a few weeks ago in Isla Vista, CA. In this article, written within days of the tragedy, the author concluded that because the information had come out that Rodger had been in therapy since the age of eight, and had committed these atrocities not only while under psychiatric care, but also, the author suggested, because of the therapy culture in which he was immersed. Ever since my friend Candice Hershman brought...

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Rethinking Complexity

Language and Leadership

06/06/2014
Language and Leadership
Do you think much about your choice of terms, the language you use? How these influence the ways you think? How the ways you think influences your worldview and the choices available to you? How this leads to the behaviors you choose (consciously or unconsciously)? Linguists have long argued about whether language “causes” us to think in certain ways. Lera Boroditsky (University of California San Diego, formerly of Stanford) has been conducting research for several years on questions such as these. You can find articles by and about her at Edge.com, the New York Times, Scientific...

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Existential Roundup

06/06/2014
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 column has spent several weeks focusing on some of the darkness in the world, but as existentialists, we appreciate that life has both darkness and light. So it’s time for a little happiness. One of my favorite books growing up was a Peanuts book—Happiness Is a Warm Puppy. The book included pages and pages of “Happiness Is” statements. Since I spent so much of my childhood (and...

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“I Didn’t Want to Get Involved”

06/05/2014
“I Didn’t Want to Get Involved”
How often do we hear that phrase—“I didn’t want to get involved”? The reasons are always excellent—“I was way too busy,” “I had problems of my own,” “I had too much on my plate,” “It wasn’t my business,” or the piece de resistance, “Someone else will take care of it.” And the issue never seems to matter—whether it is helping bring food to one’s child’s school event, protesting Monsanto’s latest Frankenfood, or supporting one individual’s human rights and dignity. We...

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