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What is the Humanistic Perspective?

11/18/2014
What is the Humanistic Perspective?
In a recent letter to the Saybrook University community, incoming president Nathan Long, EdD, affirms our “passionate dedication to mission” and states that “in a day and age in which higher education is faced with myriad challenges both internally and externally, Saybrook’s approach to progressive research and scholarly application is even more relevant that it was 42 years ago.”  This unique approach, expressed in Saybrook’s mission, core principles and values, has often been described as stemming from a “humanistic perspective,” in...

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How 'Bout a Side of Meaning With Your Brush With Death?

11/18/2014
How 'Bout a Side of Meaning With Your Brush With Death?
As we head into the thick of the holiday season, we don’t have to look far or hard to pithy sayings invoking positivity and goodness, or stories with lots of happy endings. Tis shortly the season for the half full cup to runneth over. Don’t you dare rain on my parade! We Americans, especially, love a good, happy ending! Where the boy gets the girl, the parent is reunited with the child, the hero is saved and lives to fight another day, or the world is made safe for democracy. Cliché after cliché after cliché. And we just eat it up because anything else is too...

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Psychoneurointracrinology

11/17/2014
Psychoneurointracrinology
Psychoneurointracrinology Defined Psychoneurointracrinology is the study of psychological, neurological, and intracrinological processes forming a mind-brain continuum within the person (Gordon, 2007, 2013, 2015, in press). Psycho (psychological) refers to constructs variously referred to as psyche, self, soul, mind, and consciousness. Neuro (neurological) refers to the composition and reactions within the nervous system. Intracrine (intracrinological) refers to the intracellular biosynthesis of steroids, the binding of receptors, and the formation of enzymes that catalyze the creation of...

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Existential Roundup

11/14/2014
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. From the files this week are several articles that may feel old in some ways but are actually new takes on old familiar themes. Sometimes, it is refreshing to see an old picture in a new frame. The first of several articles that may make you want to say something to the effect, “Didn’t we know this already?” yet we must remember that many must be reminded of this time and time again is the...

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Dear Hollywood—or How To Pick A University

11/13/2014
Dear Hollywood—or How To Pick A University
Birdman. Michael Keaton, some other people you might have heard of. The trailers make it look really interesting, the story of a washed-up superhero who was never more than second-rate being dragged out of retirement by popular demand. That could be funny. Only that has nothing whatsoever with the movie. It's really about a washed-up actor from a second-rate movie franchise trying to produce a play. That could be funny, too, but nobody would go to see it based on honest trailers—so they made dishonest ones to mislead us. Is that good for business, or are a thousand people going to...

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Transforming a City Once Divided- Reflections on the Fall of the Berlin Wall

11/12/2014
Transforming a City Once Divided- Reflections on the Fall of the Berlin Wall
This year on November 9, the people of Berlin celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  A business trip to explore partnerships with German universities took me to Berlin one month before that anniversary to see what has been, and continues to be, an amazing transformation.  What I saw taking place there truly is a beacon of hope and a testimonial to the potential of people to co-create a desired future. I was in Berlin in 1980, a time when no one yet imagined the Wall coming down.  I was 30 years old and both eager and scared to travel into East Berlin...

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Giving Thanks Within a Culture of Entitlement

11/12/2014
Giving Thanks Within a Culture of Entitlement
So, here we are once again at that time of the year in which we are reminded to “give thanks” and celebrate our thankfulness for good fortune, blessings, and successes; perhaps, if we are courageous enough, even for our daily challenges and struggles. I wonder, however, if before we proceed with this culturally sanctioned thankfulness, we may need to consider a rather disturbing and likely unwelcome question: To what extent are we, as Americans, even capable of truly giving thanks and being genuinely thankful for anything at all? I’m certainly not asserting or implying that...

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It’s Urgent—Truly, It Is…or Maybe Not So Much

11/11/2014
It’s Urgent—Truly, It Is…or Maybe Not So Much
Yesterday, I received a voicemail during the day stating that the message was urgent. It was the second such message I had received in two weeks. By way of explanation, during the day (and often, during the evening) I have very little time to make phone calls unless they are scheduled like appointments. Besides not enjoying telephonic communication (I prefer face-to-face or email/text), I simply do not have many breaks in my day where sitting down to make calls is number one on my list of favorite things to do. If I have to, I have to, but I do so grudgingly. But when someone uses the word...

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More Election Nonsense

11/10/2014
More Election Nonsense
After every election, we get to see the same sort of talk from otherwise reasonable people: our side won, and therefore this is a "mandate from the people," and "our side lost, so I'm looking for another country to which to expatriate myself." This time around, we also get a stream of little ironies—like the environment panel being headed by a man who believes climate change is a hoax. It is far too easy to blame the voters for the fiascos of government and far too easy to believe it really makes a difference who is getting elected. As things stand, the...

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Existential Roundup

11/07/2014
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. No matter what your political leanings are, this week has been an emotional one in the world of politics. While the actual political ramifications are yet to be seen, we know that the world of politics is never drama-free. Some recent articles point to just how far we actually have not come in our emotional development. While many people were declaring that “racism” was “over” with the...

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