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Family for Thought?

05/01/2014
Family for Thought?
A recent article in The New York Times asked “Are You My Cousin?” The article describes the writer’s journey into discovering his family tree through the new world of genealogy software. For those of you who haven’t seen any of the commercials, there are several programs widely available to help you find all the relatives and ancestors you could ever want (or not want) to find. And the results are often surprising. Many people discover they are distant cousins of famous people. Perhaps tenth and eleventh cousins by marriage but cousins nonetheless. A new claim to fame...

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Sacrifice for Peace: A Review of The Invasion

04/30/2014
Sacrifice for Peace: A Review of The Invasion
I was sitting on the couch grading papers with the TV on in the background. So much of my writing starts this way I might one day write about that, but not today. What tends to be on in the background is sci-fi, generally bad sci-fi, because I just want the background noise rather than engagement. Today, I accidentally watched good science fiction. The movie was called The Invasion, with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Maybe you watched it and thought it was mediocre at best. I did too, sometime in the last couple of years. But today, I was paying attention (perhaps because I didn't want...

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Rethinking Complexity

Global Managers: Global Network as Their Office

04/29/2014
Global Managers: Global Network as Their Office
Most, if not all, know the popular saying “Think globally and act locally.”  Originally this saying was a cry for sustainable living; that is, to care for the earth’s environment by consciously examining and changing how one lives and works. Not only does this saying now refer to much more, when applying it to global management, it is evolving in very dramatic ways. With the advent of globalization as a business strategy, organizational structures and operations were radically transformed. Organizations became complex transnational networks that seek global markets,...

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Chaos and Confusion All Around

04/29/2014
Chaos and Confusion All Around
Over the last several months, my family has experienced a number of major crises from a flooded apartment to a granddaughter running away to a lengthy personal illness to uncertainty of employment to decisions concerning the health and well-being of aging parents to eye surgery to ongoing long-term unemployment. It has been a period of chaos and anxiety like I have not known in some time. In the midst of all these events, I have worked hard to be mindful and present for myself, as well as for my family. However, at this moment, I am finding it very hard to maintain such a status. With each...

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Sitting With Death in Poetry

04/28/2014
Sitting With Death in Poetry
No more compassion for another Just one more salesman's pitch Greener pastures still are searched. --Zagata, 2014 Death seems ever surrounded by clichés that protect the heart from experiencing the pain and grief that are needed for healing. Long ago, I discovered that most people just didn't know what to do with hurting people, particularly those suffering a deep loss. In my own life, when encountering difficult losses and life transitions, although I needed people, I found that I often first turned to writing. The poems provided a safer place where I knew I would be accepted...

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Rethinking Complexity

98104: Responsiveness, and Why We Don't Have It

04/27/2014
98104: Responsiveness, and Why We Don't Have It
In this country, citizens across a broad spectrum of diverse backgrounds don’t often come together over a cause. We just don’t organize much anymore. Our rights and liberties were bought and fought for some time ago. Or so we think – We expect our water and electricity to just work. We expect to easily cross neighborhood boundaries for markets, brunches, or parks without incident. We hope our voting mechanisms work, and when they don’t, we are outraged – and tell everyone on Facebook things should be different. Generally speaking, most citizens have very...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Mind-Body Medicine PhD Student Uses Photography to Express Human Consciousness, Connection, and Transparency

04/26/2014
Joshuah Hendrickson and an Image from his "Movement" Series

 

Joshua Hendrickson is a doctoral student in the “Integrative Mental Health” specialization in Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine.  Josh spent his youth in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan surrounded by a family of teachers, social workers, nurses, and artists.  Growing up with a family of artists taught him to appreciate the arts, a tradition he is carrying on in his unique manner.  During his youth he spent time with an Aunt at her art gallery, watched his Uncle direct an orchestra, or enjoyed his grandmother sharing her love of photography.  Josh is using photography as his medium to explore the evolution of human consciousness.

Josh is blending photography with what he has learned as a social worker to explore the deeper levels of human connection and transparency through three series in a comprehensive artistic project. The name of the first series is “Transparency Ice Emotion,” a photography project shot in black and white.

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Existential Roundup

04/25/2014
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. Consider this week’s roundup a bit of spring cleaning for body and soul—a time to sweep out the old and usher in the new. Or at least think about the cleaning we could be doing while we are doing everything else but. The best spring cleaning starts from within, but as many of us know, that’s often the toughest. In the APA Monitor’s “Healing Thyself,” we learn about some of the...

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Just Walking Each Other Home: Nostalgia and Spiritual Longing

04/24/2014
Just Walking Each Other Home: Nostalgia and Spiritual Longing
Last month, during the Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference at Sofia University, I had the honor of attending a presentation by Elizabeth Wolfson centering on creativity in midlife. Toward the beginning of her talk, Elizabeth posed the question, “What is nostalgia?” I responded with the first and truest answer that bubbled right up out of my bodily felt sense. “Homesickness,” I said. She paused, looked right at me, tears glazing her eyes, and told me, “Wow. That really touched me.” I, too, was touched by that I-Thou moment of connection, feeling for...

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Waxing Existential: Eating and Existential Anxiety

04/23/2014
Waxing Existential: Eating and Existential Anxiety
In 1997, Steven Bratman, MD, coined the term “orthorexia” to address a particular kind of disordered eating that he personally experienced, and saw in his practice and in his community. Ortho, meaning “right” and orexia, referring to the condition of the appetite, describes an individual who is obsessed with “right” or healthy eating. This is subjective, of course, and may manifest in a variety of ways, such as eating only raw foods, being macrobiotic, eliminating food groups such as dairy or carbohydrates, or even a single ingredient, such as high fructose...

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