I find it interesting that no men submitted a piece for this issue on the Human Body. Is this just coincidence? I dont’ think so. So why then? Well, it is certainly not very masculine to speak of one’s body. I think men experience a lot of shame about their body in their own ways. Actually, I don’t think men know what to do with their bodies. Continue ReadingRead More »
With a misread line from Richard Hugo
In your hands, I am twelve small stones you throw at your giant in the yard. I am in a redwood tree in the high winds where I’ve grown into an owl’s dress. My changes are frightening, you say, but my beak conceals a sugary tongue. Molt me, I tell you: a bird in the house never scared you before. I am growing small enough to perch on your hand, to live in this landscape of circuits. You can’t explain me – I am your sapling. I’ve got my hands green around you now.Read More »
A Tale To Transform Body Image
Warning: What you are about to read is the sort of writing that happens when you cross a former preschool teacher, radio storyteller with a psychotherapist specializing in food and body image issues.
Let’s put down the academic articles for a moment and tell a story instead. If you have ever felt uncomfortable about the appearance of your body, this may even offer a little comfort food for thought. Continue ReadingRead More »
In this tribal dance of motherhood
the pattern of my breath, my own
secret places bring forth daughters. Wildly demanding
all of me and more,
they move from the fullness at my breast
to their rites of passage. Their flow
of blood and passion
seals with ceremony in my soul,
their place as other.
My ritual dance moves slowly as I,
to my singular rhythm.
And as my womb closes
with the changing seasons, I watch
my women begin
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I, like most, had never given much thought to my body outside of what it could do for me. I treated it poorly often and used it carelessly. I counted on it to be available for me whether I’d given it what it needed or whether I’d neglected it. It wasn’t until I came face to face with the imperfect nature of the human body that I found myself face to face with my humanity, my fallibility and my eventual death. Continue ReadingRead More »
Note: This piece was a contribution by Ilene Serlin to the book Healing Stories: The Use of Narrative in Counseling and Psychotherapy Edited by Stanley Krippner, Michael Bova, and Leslie Gray; published by Puente: Charlottesville, VA: 2007.
Growing attention is being paid to the use of narratives for healing (Feinstein & Krippner, 1988; May, 1989; Sarbin, 1986). However, these narratives are usually verbal, and the stories they tell come from the oral tradition. Continue ReadingRead More »
This issue presents some more interesting articles. I love the variety that shows up here. Jason Wakefield has brought more of his very interesting and complicated philosophical material in Samuel Beckett and Alain Badiou’s Fine Armour of Axioms. Richard Bargdill intertwines some personal, professional, and psychological material in Same Project: Psychologist, Artist, Client. Jacqueline Simon Gunn takes us with her on the trip that is a marathon in Breaking Through My Stride, and shows how running this type of race mirrors life. Ilene Serlin writes about the History and Future of Humanistic Psychology, Continue ReadingRead More »
This article is a reprint from the Journal of Humanistic Psychology XX(X) 1–4 © The Author(s) 2011 Sage Publication: http://www. sagepub.com
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Since much of humanistic psychology’s agenda has been taken up by mainstream psychology and culture, the question of whether humanistic psychology is relevant today is critical.This article draws on Maslow’s description of “sickness of the soul” to argue that a psychology that stresses connection and embodied experience, meaning and ethics, creativity and dreams, resilience and self-actualization is needed now more than ever. Continue Reading
In discovering self-consciousness Descartes proclaimed “I think, therefore I am.” To explain the experience of self-consciousness in such a manner presupposes that the mind and body are separate. This however, remains to be seen and is a constant debate within philosophical circles. Are the mind and body separate and does the existence of one preclude the experience of the other? Are they unique amalgamates clearly combined into one entity which is existence itself? Continue ReadingRead More »
Note: This piece is split in half. There are six numbered entries with this post and there will be another seven on December 15th, 2011. If you enjoy what you see here, please stop back next month for the second half!
Clinical psychology and the creative arts seem to me to have some basic similarities that I have been trying to put my finger on for some time. It’s not uncommon to see professional psychologists dabble in the arts as painters, poets, photographers, writers and storytellers. Continue ReadingRead More »