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Statistics and Personal Responsibility

08/27/2014
Statistics and Personal Responsibility
In Prelude to Foundation (Asimov, 1988) Hari Seldon invents the science of psychohistory that forms the basis of the Foundation series. This series presumes that human behavior is predictable by science, and that those predictions can be used to influence future history for the betterment of humankind. The Foundation series itself was started in the 1950's and is probably Asimov's signature work, his masterpiece. Science-fiction readers probably remember Bicentennial Man and I, Robot and other short stories, but the ideas first showcased in these stories come to their ultimate...

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Mo'ne Davis Doesn't Throw Like a Girl

08/26/2014
Mo'ne Davis Doesn't Throw Like a Girl
Unless you are a big fan of Little League baseball, you may have missed the biggest story in sports in recent days—to my mind, bigger than the World Cup, or the opening of the football season, or the baseball All-Star Game. It is the story of Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old star pitcher for the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia. While the Dragons may have only finished third among the 7,000 teams competing around the country, coming so very close to winning the Little League World Series, Mo’ne’s story overshadowed the championship game. Why? Because Mo’ne Davis is a...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Charlene Conlin and Carleen Phelps Complete a Collaborative Doctoral Dissertation on Males and Females Successfully Managing Type 2 Diabetes through Lifestyle Change

08/25/2014
Carrie Phelps and Char Conlin at Saybrook University Graduation

 

Charlene Conlin and Carleen Phelps have just completed a collaborative dissertation as part of their doctoral studies in the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine.  This was the first collaborative dissertation in the School of Mind-Body Medicine.

Collaborative work is abundant in the publication of academic research papers, especially in the healthcare sector, where meaningful research studies frequently require coordination among several disciplines and settings. Nevertheless, collaboration is rare in the doctoral dissertation process. One Saybrook collaborative dissertation was completed by two psychology students, Leila Kozak and Dorothy Mandel, within Integrative Health Studies in 2006, but until now none had taken place within the School of Mind-Body Medicine. 

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Authentic Status Updates?

08/25/2014
Authentic Status Updates?
During a recent stretch of 21 consecutive days of work, I chose to post almost daily updates on Facebook noting what day of the “workathon” I was on and what was new. My reasoning, I justified, was to get a little moral support during what I correctly figured was going to be a grueling stretch and to feel a little less alone in the process. In return for the support, I tried to make each post somewhat entertaining to varying degrees, either with jokes, or even links to funny videos, including a personal favorite—Madeline Kahn singing the classic “I’m Tired...

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Existential Roundup

08/22/2014
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. The events in Ferguson, Mo.—the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager—have once again reignited race and diversity wars in this country. What does it mean for us to be of our own racial or ethnic group and then encounter the “other?” This has been a hot topic in the news this week. Charles Blow, a columnist for The New York Times, wrote yet another profound column on the issue of...

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Dying Majestically: B. K. S. Iyengar 1918-2014

08/21/2014
Dying Majestically: B. K. S. Iyengar 1918-2014
His website now displays only a photo and the following quote: “I always tell people, live happily and die majestically.” –B. K. S. Iyengar, 14 Dec. 1918 – 20 Aug. 2014 Headlines around the world today all read with little variation, B. K. S. Iyengar, who brought yoga to the west, dies at age 95. And once again this summer, I find myself grappling with huge loss. Iyengar, the guru who created a method to make yoga accessible to any body, and who created a method to train his teachers so that they, in turn, would be so rigorously trained that they would do no harm but...

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BOSTON STRONG: Engendering Self-Examination

08/20/2014
BOSTON STRONG: Engendering Self-Examination
The 2014 Boston Marathon took place, like last year’s, on Patriot’s Day on a glorious spring day here in transcendentalist New England. It was a moment of triumph for so many people around our city and world, one that was preceded and accompanied by great anticipation, jubilation, sadness, and an outpouring of municipal and patriotic zeal. The winner of the men’s division race was an Eritrean émigré, the first American to do so in more than three decades. The entire event was typified by a spirit a determination, resilience and resolve. One year later,...

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Rethinking Complexity

5 Things Managers Should Say to Employees

08/19/2014
5 Things Managers Should Say to Employees
Now that the economy is beginning to pick up, it’s becoming harder to retain quality employees. And just because your company may offer many attractive benefits and good wages, doesn’t mean you’ll be able to hold on to your best performers. Research has found that people join a company due to its reputation, but they leave because of a poor direct supervisor. Are your managers aware of just how powerful their impact? The immediate supervisor is someone who likely also has a boss and therefore should know what it’s like to be in their direct reports’ shoes....

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The Walls of San Gimignano and the Shadow of the Tower

08/19/2014
The Walls of San Gimignano and the Shadow of the Tower
"I want the world to recognize, with me, the open door of consciousness." -- Frantz Fanon I was recently in the Tuscany region of Italy exploring the ancient walled-in cities (Volterra, San Gimignano). They are astonishing for many reasons, and despite the distracting and rampant tourism in some of them (many little stores sell Pinocchio dolls), any visitor will be struck by the interconnected community the walled in city creates with its narrow stone roads and even narrower passages and alleys that all, eventually, lead to a town square or piazza. In the ancient past, as in our day...

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Mircea Eliade on Time and Eternity

08/18/2014
Mircea Eliade on Time and Eternity
In Images and Symbols: Studies in Religious Symbolism (1991), Mircea Eliade* focuses on the Indian symbols of time and eternity and the function of myth as an account of events that took place in the beginning. In the beginning was a primordial, non-temporal instant, or a moment of sacred or Great Time. Myth takes the person out of their own subjective time, and projects them, symbolically, into a paradoxical instant, which cannot be measured because it does not consist of duration. For example, different notions of time are represented in the myths of the eternal return, infinite Time,...

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