by David Franklin
I start to see the reaction amongst many people in the West: celebration, rejoicing, time to party, “it’s about time he got what was coming to him.”
Somehow, I get the feeling he (and many other people he was aligned with) were thinking the same things about us after 9/11.
And we hated them for it.
Which begs the question, “why is it then acceptable for us to feel and react that way?”
Are we better than they are? Are we right and they are wrong? Why do we get to claim the “moral high ground?”
Is it too hard to find a male therapist?
A recent article in the New York Times suggested that only one in five new Masters Degrees in therapy are awarded to men … and that this means patients who are seeking a male perspective, or are more comfortable confiding to a man, are out of luck.
Says the times:
Some college psychology programs cannot even attract male applicants, much less students. And at many therapists’ conferences, attendees with salt-and-pepper beards wander the hallways as lonely as peaceniks at a gun fair.
The result, many therapists argue, is that the profession is at risk of losing its appeal for a large group of sufferers — most of them men — who would like to receive therapy but prefer to start with a male therapist.
Is this a real shift? Or, more to the point, is it a real problem?
The needs of our new farms with their domesticated animals and seasonal crops kept pushing us to bigger and bigger feats of civilization: the idea is that a culture evolves on its stomach.
But an article in National Geographic says maybe the high school text books got it wrong. It's not "food" - it's "spirituality."
The oldest human architectural structure ever discovered – over 11 thousand years old – turns out to be a temple -- and it turns out that our ancestors were building temples before they were making farms.
At a time when human beings were living in nomadic tribes, they were also carving massive stone pillars to provide a better place to worship.
Was it our sense of the sacred – and our need to relate to an awe-inspiring universe – that really inspired civilization?
According to National Geographic, many archeologists say the evidence suggests that’s the case.
Alumnus Carl M. Hild, PhD, OS, ’07 Voted by Peers to Receive the 2010-2011 Alaska Pacific University Faculty Merit Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creativity05/17/2011
Alumnus Carl M. Hild, PhD, Organizational Systems ’07 was voted from among his peers to receive the 2010-2011 Alaska Pacific University Faculty Merit Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creativity. He has also been notified by the Academic Dean that she will be appointing him to serve as the Chair of the Business Administration Department for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Saybrook Alumnus and Faculty Member Bob Flax, Ph.D.. '92 Elected to Board of Directors of the Democratic World Federalists05/17/2011
Saybrook Alumnus and Faculty Member Bob Flax, Ph.D., '92 Elected to Board of Directors of the Democratic World Federalists Bob Flax, Ph.D. was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Democratic World Federalists, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco (http://www.dwfed.org/). The DWF is one of a number of organizations around the world that is dedicated to establishing a...
Teaching Position Open Adjunct Professor Position, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 1069 East Meadow Cir., Palo Alto, CA 94303 Residential PhD in Transpersonal Psychology, Year 1, Spring, Cognitive & Affective (3.0 units) (on campus course) This course provides a comprehensive survey of the theories and empirical research evidence of cognitive and affective psychology. Additionally...
Welcome to a new venue where this dynamic and unique community that we call LIOS can be explored and discovered.
In true LIOS fashion, we will see what emerges out of the distinct corners of our community. As an institution that has been around for over 40 years, we have the ability to tap a wide variety of voices, ideas and insights.
"For in community one learns that self is not an adequate measure of reality; we can begin to know the fullness of truth only through multiple visions." - Parker Palmer
We look forward to sharing with you research, articles, musings and learnings that will create that 'fullness of truth' -at least in regards to what it means to be part of the LIOS educational community.
There is also a standing invitation for you to join in the conversation. Isn't it in the dialogue between us that the learning happens?
If you would like to contribute to this blog, please contact Jennifer Herron at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saybrook Faculty Member Ruth Richards Speaks on Perfection of Wisdom at International Theosophical Conference in August 201105/17/2011
International Theosophical Conference Julian, CA August 11th-14th (This is NOT the Theosophical conference (in July) that HH The Dalai Lama will be attending!) Ruth Richards, MD, PhD - Saybrook Faculty Perfection of Wisdom: Resonance in Voice of the Silence, the New Physics, and the Prajnaparamita Sutra As part of session, Theosophy and Health. (Friends, this is health, Big Time! - Ruth...
But are we any good at grieving?
In an article in Natural News, Dr. Larry Malerba explores the correlation between unresolved grief and chronic illnesses. Entitled, Could Grief Be Causing Your Chronic Illness, Dr. Malerba looks at grief from a psychophysiological perspective exploring the grieving process as a normative human experience that has ravaging maladaptive physical and psychological effects if cut short. While complex, the grieving process over a tragic event or death is found to be most successful with individuals who possess a strong degree of psychological maturity, solid support systems, a sense of spirituality, and congruent emotional and cultural perspectives toward the grieving process. Conversely, Dr. Malerba asserts than unfinished or unprocessed grief has ravaging effects—often leading to a variety of chronic physical illnesses; namely: depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues, migraines—to name a few.
“Legal highs” are becoming increasingly common, with the same dangerous side effects as illicit street drugs, reports the Wall Street Journal. Last year alone, the number of recognized legal psychoactive substances doubled in Europe. Powders, pills, salts-- you name it and they are being invented under the radar and sold, clandestinely, on the internet.
It’s the latest development in a perilous up hill battle for lawmakers, addiction specialists, and public health officials. With legal substances composed of chemical compounds similar to marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy, the same addictive battle rages for those that use. The complexity of addiction recovery for mental health professionals who treat them, however, is more complex.
With the changes in addictive substances and overall substance abuse on the rise the field of addiction recovery must rise to the occasion to adapt and meet the needs of the community through effective measures … measures that will fail unless they are imbued with the values of humanistic psychology.