We know that 50 is the new thirty, and you’re only as young as you feel ... etc, etc... but when you cut through all the clichés the evidence suggests something very strange is happening in middle age.
According to recent surveys, Baby Boomers are by far the happiest age group of all those studied; they also have the highest suicide rates of any age bracket.
“So what is going on?” a recent New York Times article asked. “Is middle age the best of times or the worst?”
Sometimes the bang of a gavel can be as loud as the roar of a cannon.
Late last month the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that offering “material assistance” of any kind – even advice or insight – to groups the government labels as terrorist is a crime prosecutable under federal law. It doesn’t matter if it’s part of an academic study, or even an effort to convince the group to abandon violence: even offering a terrorist group training in non-violent conflict resolution, the court declared, is aiding and abetting the enemy. And efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to child victims of conflict may be violating the law if aid passes through groups designated as terrorist
Academics around the world who study conflict resolution, including many who study terrorist organizations, have found the decision alarming. Saybrook Psychology and Human Science faculty member Marc Pilisuk has initiated a resolution, subsequently modified by members of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and now approved by the its Board, voicing an unwillingness to comply with the ruling. The Peace and Justice Studies Association – an international body of academics, K-12 teachers, and grassroots activists who explore alternatives to violence and share strategies for peace building, social justice, and social change has adopted the resolution.
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That's the question the Saybrook Forum asked psychology faculty member Eugene Taylor, an internationally renowned scholar on the life and work of William James, after the question was raised by the The New Humanist magazine. His response is below.
William James: Still One Hundred and Fifty Years Ahead of His Time
In a thoughtful article recently published in The New Humanist [125:4, July/August 2010], Jonathan Raée extols the attributes of his favorite philosopher-psychologist, William James. He was the only enduring figure, according to Raée, who did not get bogged down in details , and did not take a megalomaniacal stance toward his own ideas. We should resurrect his memory and seek to emulate the now forgotten direction he was always pointing us towards—world peace through a strengthening of our own inward character.
I should say that Mr. Raée as a writer is himself on the right track. Briefly, we may review here only a few of James’s prescient insights into our uniquely American and humanistically oriented legacy, and at the same time we might widen even more for the reader the scope of James’s thinking about our future.
Often problems at the global level are so big, with so many stakeholders, as to be intractable: but at the local level, says Organizational Systems chair Nancy Southern, individuals and organizations are proving that they provide exactly the kind of solutions our world needs. Read more in her recent Triple-Pundit article.
After a two year hiatus, Saybrook is thrilled to announce the return of its certificate in Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change, taught by a group of renowned experts including Natalie Rogers, a member of Saybrook’s Distinguished Consulting Faculty, who created the program.
Developed by Rogers out of the person-centered approach pioneered by her father, legendary therapist Carl Rogers, this certificate program is open to anyone wishing to learn how to use the person-centered approach and expressive arts in counseling, education, mediation, social work, nursing, social action, group facilitation, and workplace psychology - or to awaken personal growth and creativity.
Saybrook’s program, according to Rogers, is the only expressive arts program in the country grounded in Carl Roger’s values and philosophy.
That’s a distinction that graduates of the program say makes a difference.
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., Saybrook University’s partner institution in its groundbreaking Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, will hold it’s Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program this October.
Utilizing a small group approach, this five day program will focus on the scientific basis for mind-body medicine and explore a range of the most effective tools for self-care and stress management, including:
• guided imagery
• biofeedback & autogenic training
• breathing & movement
• self expression through words and drawings