PSYCHOLOGY

It’s Time to Reinvent the Human

In the 1988 environmental classic, Dream of the Earth, Thomas Berry warned that Western civilization was on the verge of collapse. To protect our planetary home, he said, we would have to reinvent the human, reorganizing all of our professions so they support the web of life.

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How Introverts and Extraverts Shelter in Place

When introvert Jean-Paul Sartre said, “Hell is other people,” he was probably in a mood, but in the age of the coronavirus, we can’t help feeling cautious about everyone we meet. We introverts could not have imagined this – the whole world introverting, seriously and for real, and for the common good.

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The House as Mirror of the Psyche

In his autobiography, Memories, Dreams and Reflections, the Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung records a remarkable dream. He has entered a house with many rooms and many levels, each one corresponding to a different layer of human history. This concept of a collective past would later become the basis for the discipline of Evolutionary Psychology.

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Renovating with a Shaman

Miguel began a ceremony to help me let go of these possessions. First he filled a small container with herbs and lit it, releasing a sweet and pungent fragrance in the smoke wafting in the air. I drifted into a kind of reverie.

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Our Home in the Cosmos

Physicist and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Brian Swimme explores our place in the cosmos and the role of chaos, are and wonder in the birth of the universe. Drawing on discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology and the humanities, he tells how we came to call this planet home.

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Holiday Thoughts of Home

My mother lived in the past, and when her ideal of the Currier and Ives Christmas didn’t measure up, she was angry and hurt and made our home life miserable. Now I have my own version of a Currier and Ives Christmas—one both satisfying and attainable.

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Why Activists Need Home

A new generation of feminists is addressing the injustices they see at home — from domestic violence to inadequate food, water, and lack of housing, in every corner of the world. Over one million NGOs and grass roots organizations now focus on women’s basic safety, while helping them to build strong families and sound regional economies

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Make Your Life Like Music

Psychologist Helen Marlo explores the myth of work-life balance and notes that the rhythm of life keeps changing. The best thing we can do is go with it — thinking of life as a symphony moving from a crashing overture to a brief adagio then back to the uptempo beat again.

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Safe Conversations — The Power to Connect

With some simple guidelines for conversation, Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt help us move beyond our “fight or flight” response to discover new levels of empathy and compassion. The benefits—better relationships at home and a saner way of dealing with cultural differences.

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