February 9, 2018 Pearson Blog: Ghosts, Zombies, Vampires, and the Apocalypse: What Are They Warning Us About?

By Carol S. Pearson The most profitable film genre in America today offers horror, as does television: These include narratives about the apocalypse, ghosts, zombies, and vampires. Why do we like them, and what are they telling us? Given nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and climate change, it is no surprise that people are drawn to movies […]

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January 29th, 2018 Raffa Blog: The Shape of Water: The Shape of Change?

By Jean Raffa Filmgoers may have laughingly dismissed Godzilla, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon in the 1950s, but nobody laughs at the real-life monsters we see on television every day in the form of terrorists, genocidal dictators, and political leaders who incite divisiveness and spout nuclear threats. We […]

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January 23, 2018 Culpepper Blog: Projective Drawing and the PMAI®: Helping Autistic Students Gain Greater Self-Knowledge

By Katherine Culpepper I am a marriage and family counselor, a school counselor in an inner city high school, and a counselor in a relatively new program (four years) designed for students on the autism spectrum who seek vocational training after they graduate from high school. (This is a school department initiative to help these […]

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January 15, 2018 Pearson Blog: Why Do People Think Such Nutty Things, and How Can We Talk With Them Anyway?

By Carol S. Pearson Fights over conflicting viewpoints, including those between young adults and their parents, are common in life. Now, in the U.S. and elsewhere, the political opinions of different groups have begun to ossify, so that it is difficult for citizens to hear one another or have civil discussions about areas of disagreement. […]

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December 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friend: The approach of the holiday season, the winter solstice, and the new year ordinarily augurs a time of celebration, as we give thanks for friends and family, share gifts, and, in the northern hemisphere, anticipate the “return of the light.” This also can be a time when we can look forward to spring […]

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November 13, 2017 Sells Blog: Sabina Spielrein: The Woman and the Myth

By Angela Sells i am accused of tending to the past as if I made it, as if I sculpted it with my own hands, I did not. this past was waiting for me when I came, a monstrous unnamed baby, and I with my mother’s itch took it to breast and named it History. […]

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October 30, 2017 Koehler Blog: Mythologizing Mickey Mouse, or How I Came to Interpret Disneyland as a Temple

By Dori Koehler All Disneyland really is, you see, is a projection outward of the phenomenology of the imagination. And, if they can’t go into their own imaginations, they might just as well go into Walt Disney’s and he’ll help them. And that’s what religions have done all the time. —Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss, […]

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Newsletter September 2017

Dear Friend: As we head into autumn, I’m thankful the summer was mild and early fall is lovely. But the weather has been anything but kind to other parts of the country. Fortunately, David’s and my family members in Texas and Florida seem to have survived Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relatively unscathed. However, we mourn […]

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September 11, 2017 Melander Blog: See-Through Isn’t Just For Lingerie: How To See Into Essence

By Leigh Melander “I see, said the blind man, and he picked up his hammer and saw.” For most of us, vision drives our experience of the world. When we are awake, we see. Even our blinking doesn’t interfere with our seeing; most of the time we are unaware of the movement of our eyelids. […]

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August 23, 2017 Pearson Blog: Brothers and Sisters: Friends or Foes? Oh, My!

By Carol S. Pearson Most of us get little help in navigating sibling relationships or seeing how they affect us. Recently, I was asked to give a presentation on sisters and brothers and found there is very little written about this important topic. Even family system literature focuses more on parents and addressing children’s problems, […]

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