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The recent passing of one of the finest professors and greatest minds psychology has had the privilege of learning from has struck a chord in me beyond the sadness of his death. I first met Dr. Eugene Taylor in January 2011, my first semester at Saybrook University. I had recently had a less than desirable experience at another university, and...
I love books. I learned to read when I was very young and was reading at a post-high school level by third grade. The librarian in my hometown often called my parents to inquire whether they approved of my book choices before she allowed me to check them out as many of them were very advanced for a young child. Books were my sanctuary and in many...
I sat with two girlfriends chatting in a hotel lobby bar and as the conversation tends to, we soon began talking about life and the trials we each have faced. My friend, who is a cancer survivor and whose mother is also a cancer survivor, mentioned that she sees being a survivor as an event, similar to a wedding date or a graduation. We each...
New Year's 2013 in Munich.
It’s 2013, and we are now embarking on yet another new year. We have 365 days to accomplish the goals we have set, 365 days to make our mark on the world and 365 days to change the course of our lives. Gandhi once challenged us to “be the change we wish to see in the world,” and I would like to do the same.   Many of us...
Photo by The National Institute on Drug Abuse.
When talking to people about what I do, there are generally a few typical responses I get from them. The first is the usually playful "oh, are you analyzing me now?" said with a laugh. Often, people will share their story of how they took a psychology class in college, and how they learned "so much" about themselves and others...
Photo by Els Diederen.
I recently watched an old favorite movie of mine, The Man in the Iron Mask. This film came out in 1998 and is a fictional account of some well-loved characters, the Three Musketeers. The storyline is that the King of France, Louis XIV, is a bad king, more concerned with bedding mistresses than with the welfare of his people. The Three Musketeers,...
Forgiveness has often been a recommended course of action for personal well-being, growth, and improved relationships. Forgiveness is a part of many world religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism (Domino, 2009). Many people who have been wounded have heard the well-intentioned advice to "forgive and forget," to "...
The U.S. is in the midst of the Presidential election, which means that we have been subject to increasing levels of vitriolic communication as the political battle lines have been drawn. It's republicans versus democrats, rich versus poor, and at the core, it is largely about us versus them. The political poles in the U.S. have done an amazingly...
The 21st Century has seen some of the most amazing technological developments.  The birth of these many new technologies has allowed us to be connected with groups and individuals worldwide, even those we might have never met.  The light side of the new technology is that it allows for continued contact with others; friends & family...
Paulo Coelho
Existential themes permeate our society, supporting the notion that no matter how many ways we try to hide, there is no running from what it means to be human. Although our society is quick to assuage the anxiety brought on by existential awareness, the themes are there, and it is up to us as the new existentialists to tease the awareness out and...
Members of the EHI Certificate cohort.
I have just walked out of the most transformative three days of my life. I find myself grappling to find the words to capture the beauty and power of this encounter without diluting the essence. I find that I suddenly understand Heidegger’s use of the hyphen in his writings as the English language suddenly falls far short of a single word, or even...
50 Shades of Grey is the recent trilogy that has swept the women of the world off our collective feet and is touted as "mommy porn". Women are discussing the main character, Christian Grey, as though he were a real person, while spending hours "casting" the upcoming 50 Shades movie. According to the Los Angeles Times, 50 Shades of Grey has sold...