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Existential Roundup

07/11/2014
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. With summer underway, and with everyone off on doing their own things—camp, vacations, fishing, swimming, surfing, beachbumming (is that even a thing?), or even just working extra shifts to fill in for all the people doing all those things, it seems a grab bag of items is the best way to celebrate the bounty of summer’s variety. If music is your thing, The Mind Unleashed reports on “Seven Ways...

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Rethinking Complexity

Conversations About the Future Systems Research

07/11/2014
Conversations About the Future Systems Research
There is a long connection between Saybrook and systems conversations, which continues to this day.  The semi-annual conversations have been hosted by the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR), and were historically known as the Fuschl Conversations (due to their location at Fuschl am See in Austria). Bela Banathy, the founder of the systems program at Saybrook, initially led these conversations.  He extended the conversations through the International Systems Institute, based in the US, hosting annual conversation events at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, CA.  Bela...

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Sitting Still: A Shocking Choice

07/10/2014
Sitting Still: A Shocking Choice
“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone,” wrote Blaise Pascal. If that’s true, then what are we to make of a recent study showing that people—men especially—so hate being alone with their thoughts that they’ll shock themselves on a battery rather than spend 15 minutes in quiet contemplation? The study, which puzzled the researchers as much as it has the internet, certainly confirms that practices like solitary confinement and sensory deprivation are cruel and extreme—but really now. Shouldn’t...

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America: Land of the Free, Home of the Brave?

07/09/2014
America: Land of the Free, Home of the Brave?
I spent this morning shampooing the carpets after the dog micturated in the hallway. He's a good dog. He didn't want to pee on the rug. It's just that Americans insist on asserting their freedoms even when the law disagrees and even when others experience negative consequences of those freedoms. The freedom in question is fireworks. Around this time every year, folks in my neighborhood start setting off their firecrackers, bangers, screamers, and all the rest of it. They're mostly illegal here. And last year, we had a carpet ban on all types of fireworks due to extremely high...

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Rethinking Complexity

The Network Organization and Its Hybrid Workplace Systems

07/09/2014
The Network Organization and Its Hybrid Workplace Systems
Geographically distributed, functioning in a global context and ongoing engagement with internal and external professionals are apt key descriptors of the 21st century organization. The complex pulsating networks in which an organization comes to life and thrives, in reality, is the organizations itself; while the planned and spontaneous connectivity that fills members’ daily work routines is the modern office. The workplace is wherever one is when connect via technology. These are themes that have been examined over the past several months in the Rethinking Complexity blog. Let...

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Report from the Third International Conference on Existential Psychology in Guangzhou, China

07/08/2014
Report from the Third International Conference on Existential Psychology in Guangzhou, China
The Third International Conference on Existential Psychology was held June 13-15, 2014 in Guangzhou, China, hosted by the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. The first International Conference on Existential Psychology (ICEP) began in 2010, and continues to be offered every other year at different locations in China. As with the first two conferences, the third conference was a great success, drawing presenters and attendees from around the world. The ICEP has been an outgrowth of trainings and dialogues in China. From the outset, the focus has been on dialogue and exchange. Emphasis is...

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The Age of Reason Must Give Way to the Age of Depth

07/07/2014
The Age of Reason Must Give Way to the Age of Depth
We've got a glaring problem in this country and world. It's not our only problem and it isn't the cause of all sorrows, but today, it's one of the chief problems we face—and it is scarcely scrutinized by psychologists. The problem to which I refer is our socio-economic model for living. In these days of school shootings, fanatical uprisings in the Middle East, and political upheaval at home, it may seem that these are all distinct events—yet, think again. In his signature work, Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault proposed that ever since the Renaissance, the...

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Existential Roundup

07/03/2014
Existential Roundup
Editor's Note: Because of the Fourth of July holiday, the Existential Roundup is appearing on Thursday instead of Friday and the New Existentialists will not be publishing on Friday. Regular publication will resume on Monday, July 7, 2014. Enjoy the holiday weekend and thank you for your understanding. 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. Any holiday weekend, such as the Fourth of July, often gives us just the excuse we have been looking for to...

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Is Our Belief In Being “Special” Harming Our Mental Health?

07/02/2014
Is Our Belief In Being “Special” Harming Our Mental Health?
Kirk Schneider (2008) writes that people in the current Western, postmodem culture have fallen into a dangerous game of "either-or:" either they see themselves in a reductionist, mechanistic way, a cog in the interconnected global machine, or they see themselves as omnipotent heroes of the postmodern age, so special and so powerful that they "should" be able to control everything within and without themselves. Both views can be dangerous: to yourself, to your mental health, but also to the world around you, including your loved ones and all the others that you cannot or...

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The Proper Use of Tradition and Scholarly Authority

07/01/2014
The Proper Use of Tradition and Scholarly Authority
Quick to kindle, quick to calm down, an even quick to grow decadent, mean of letters [i.e., a type of scholar] can always find reasons and precedents from the classics to justify their shifts of allegiance. (Lu Xun, 1931/2003) One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil. (Nietzsche, 1892/1966) The impulse in contemporary times, and really through all of history, is to either vilify or idealize history, tradition, and the scholars of old. We see this in our classroom, our political debates, our movies, and our books and journals. Yet, whether the impulse is to vilify...

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