One of the most powerful factors in the appropriate psycho-social development of individuals is the ability to experience and negotiate personal and global adversity. This highly important aspect of human growth and development was the subject of a study conducted by Mark D. Seery of the University of Buffalo and E. Alison Holman and Roxane Cohen Silver of the University of California at Irvine, California. The title of their study is compellingly titled: “Whatever Does Not Kill

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“He has left him for a little while.” Isa. 54:7 One of the realities that is common to all persons is the experience of the creative storm called temptation.  Dietrich Bonhoffer wrote: “Temptation is a concrete happening which juts out from the course of life.” The use of the noun ‘concrete’ in Bonhoffer’s statement is powerfully redemptive. The word ‘concrete’ is from the Latin concretus, and means to grow, or be solid; from com,-together, and

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The evidence that supports the causal link between mind-body interaction is indisputable.  “The extent to which we love ourselves determines whether we eat right, get enough sleep, smoke, wear seat belts; exercise and so on. Each of these choices is a statement of how much we care about living…self-love has come to mean only vanity and narcissism,” writes Bernie S. Siegel. Dr. Siegel also states that the above decisions control about 90 percent of the

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It is the rare individual who has never experiences temptation.  Temptation is not chaos, it is however, the threshold that threatens to undo the sacred self that one has so carefully constructed by formal education and social intercourse. The use of the term temptation is to remove a primal and intrinsic experience from the psychodynamic milieu.  Long before humans were psychological they were religious.  By this, I do not mean to lock temptation within the

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On November 2, 2002 at the Thirteenth Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the International federation for Psychoanalytic Education Thomas Szasz, M.D. delivered an address with the provocative title, “The Cure of Souls in the Therapeutic State.” The title of his address intrigued me because he used the timeless designation for pastoral care and practice ‘Cure of Souls.’  In his speech Szasz strips away the hallowed pseudo-medical regalia of the psychoanalytic enterprise and reveals its definitive social and professional

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Overwhelmed? Stop!

Posted by Walter Jackson on January 01, 2000
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You’re trying hard to keep up. The world seems a busier place, and there is so much noise.  The voices of politicians, groups, family, friends, co-workers, and supervisors are all rattling around in your head.  And the noise can seem deafening.  Global warming, shootings, Mars landing, Syria’s war, elections and on and on. Where are you in all of this? It may seem harder and harder just to find you. So STOP. Where ever you

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Bernie S. Siegel, M.D. has this challenging statement in his book “Love, Medicine, & Miracles.”  He writes: “…negative conditioning is all too common.  Over the years I’ve found that my patients tend to get the same diseases as their parents and to die at the same age.  I think conditioning (I call it “psychological genetics”), because I’ve seen people change the scenario once they become aware of it.”  This is a very powerful and compelling

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Team Building

Posted by Jane Ohenhen on January 01, 2000
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Team building as described by Wikipedia the free encyclopedia is a wide range of activity that pursue improvement of team performance for a verity practices that vacillate from simple bonding exercises to complex simulations, retreats designed to develop group assessment and dynamic. Exercises are often useful for team building. However, team building should also include insight into realistic problem-solving and decision making exercises, organizational structure and organizational responsibility. The importance of team building especially at

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Conflict Resolution and Team Building

Posted by Bud Bilanich on January 01, 2000
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Teambuilding and Team Training Business is a team sport. Your people have to have the skills to work effectively in a team environment. That’s why teambuilding and team training are so important. Trust is the glue that holds teams together. The more team members trust one another, the more they will perform well as a team. The trust that takes a while to build can be broken quickly – especially when team members find themselves

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Man Up Boy!

Posted by Adekemi Oguntala on January 01, 2000
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“We went kayaking. Normally we’re in the same kayak, but he wanted his own this time. He stopped. In the middle of the river with a guide and all, he just stopped. All I heard was my son complaining that this and that hurt as the guide and the rest of the group kept going. The guide had to come back and get us.” You can hear the disappointment and possibly embarrassment as Dad tells

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