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Mind-Body Medicine in Our Lives: Char Conlin Uses her Mind-Body Skills at Motor-Vehicle Accident Scene

02/25/2014
Char Conlin

 

One of the many strengths of the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine is applying what we learn academically to our professional and personal lives.  As a community -- including students, faculty, staff and our loved ones -- we continue to experience the full spectrum of life, from birth to death and all of the joys and sorrows in between, as we pursue our individual dreams.  As a group we have the capacity to learn from one another and also to connect, share, and possibly collaborate.

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New Existentialists

60 and

02/25/2014
60 and
In the next couple of weeks, I will turn 60 years old, and more than any other birthday, this one is bothering me. I have generally been one that eagerly anticipated previous birthday milestones. I used to tell people the 20s are the age of responsibility, 30s the age of accountability, 40s the age of credibility, and 50s the age believability. However, I never had an “ability” for 60. Part of my personality make up has been seeing the potential in people and situations. Over the years, that perspective served me well as I was able to help individuals and groups discover the...

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New Existentialists

“Pop” Existentialism: A Psychological Epitaph

02/24/2014
“Pop” Existentialism: A Psychological Epitaph
Existential thought comes in an amazing variety of forms, representing an array of views on many issues. From Kierkegaard’s radical faith to Nietzsche’s radical doubt, “existentialism” is surely a child of both pluralism and controversy. Existential forms of psychology are similarly diverse in nature, representing contrasting views on numerous topics. For example, Rollo May and Viktor Frankl are often mentioned together in introductory texts where existential psychology is covered, yet they disagreed quite vehemently on the role of advice in the psychotherapeutic...

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Rethinking Complexity

Listening to Find the Truth Within, A Corporate Leader's Story

02/23/2014
Listening to Find the Truth Within, A Corporate Leader's Story
Tom was born in the mid-sixties in a family of small self-made entrepreneurs. His destiny had to be to continue the family business, to potentially bring it to its next level of development. The family understood that for that to happen, Tom would have to complete engineering studies. This is where he would successfully learn how to become methodical, rational and technically capable. At that time, debates on the “crisis of modern science” were totally unknown to him. He assumed that with an engineer’s education, he would be ready to bring more scientific...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Dr. Stephen Porges, Expert on Heart Rate Variability, Provides Address in Venice, Italy on Evolutionary and Physiological Foundations of Social Engagement

02/21/2014
Stephen W. Porges (Researcher/Psychophysiology) and Sue Carter (Field Biologist)

 

School of MBM Chair Donald Moss attended the Biofeedback Federation of Europe annual meeting February 10-15 in Venice, Italy.  Here he reports on a keynote address by Dr. Stephen W. Porges in the BFE scientific meeting.

Stephen Porges is a leader in the scientific study of psychophysiology, especially of “heart rate variability” and the role of the vagal nervous system. His model is based in his innovative understanding of the evolution of the mammalian nervous system. Porges has also contributed to the practical applications of psychophysiology to treatment, including the treatment of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

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New Existentialists

Surrendering Our Obsession With Certainty: Overcoming the Disease of Dogmatism, Part One

02/21/2014
Surrendering Our Obsession With Certainty: Overcoming the Disease of Dogmatism, Part One
We all have certain things that bother us, that “get under our skin,” as we often say, things that can powerfully trigger and elicit the strongest of reactions from deep places within us that we perhaps don’t even know are there. Most of us likely have a favorite, irresistible soapbox, a particular axe to grind related to a value perspective, whether it involves a political, religious/spiritual, moral, sociocultural, or some other issue. You know that you are poised on that soapbox and passionately grinding that axe when you find yourself saying things like, “Don...

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Not drugs, not parents, rigid rules - eveicence shows there's no substitute for self-knowledge and a sense of purpose

02/20/2014
Not drugs, not parents, rigid rules - eveicence shows there's no substitute for self-knowledge and a sense of purpose
 We call them “helicopter parents,” “tiger moms,” “hoverers,” … we say they’re over-involved.  But for modern parents of means, the impulse to do anything to protect and advance their children is irresistible.  And … come on … who can’t sympathize with that? The result, however, has been a seismic shift in the acceptable handling of children:  they have gone from being seen as resilient enough to work in fields and factories to fragile enough that not getting a soccer trophy could permanently damage their...

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Rethinking Complexity

Microsoft’s New CEO Signals Radical Shift

02/20/2014
Microsoft’s New CEO Signals Radical Shift
Though Wall Street may not thoroughly rally around Satya Nadella to succeed Steve Ballmer as CEO at Microsoft, I believe this so-called “safe choice” is a compelling one because it signals a radical shift in management style at the company. Nadella is described as smart, persuasive and likeable. He’s also known as a great communicator and collaborator. Likeable, communicative and collaborative are not attributes used often to describe Ballmer or Bill Gates. But that doesn’t mean Nadella is a slacker when it comes to technological expertise and business acumen. He comes...

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New Existentialists

Freeze Frame

02/19/2014
Freeze Frame
I cleaned my daughter's closet tonight. She'll be 2 in December but has already outgrown her 2T and is on to bigger and better clothes. My son is not yet 4 and wears 5/6. Maybe only a parent will understand this but I think anyone who has ever realized just how FAST time goes will know what I mean when I say that I was a little embarrassed as I packed her clothes with tears in my eyes and realized that she would never again wear some of my favorite clothes. They were packed, labeled, and put into a closet and with them went her second year of life. The shirt she wore that said, "...

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Zhi Mian the Good Times

02/18/2014
Zhi Mian the Good Times
I know a few words of Chinese. I can ask for the bathroom and I can ask for a cup of coffee. Basically, if you can do those things in any given language, you are going to be all right wherever you are. But I also know the words zhi mian. These words have several interconnected meanings, two of which are given here: 1. To sit facing one another. That is, to be in full few of the other, and have the other in full view of you. This has strong supportive connotations: to not just sit with but to accept the other. 2. To face (confront) directly. Meaning, to see things as they really are,...

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