Going for the Gold: A Psyche-Centered Education

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Jan 13, 2015 12:48:00 PM

A guest post by Dr. Aaron Kipnis, Ph.D.

For many people, a graduate degree marks one of their greatest achievements. As the first in my family to gain one, some described my journey from high school dropout to PhD as, “going for the gold.” How did high attainment come to be associated with gold? Why don’t we tell Olympic athletes to: “go for the stainless steel?” It’s shiny too—but gold prevails.

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Posted in: The Psyche, Mythology, transformative

Free Lecture-Epiphanies: Big Dreams and Transformative Meetings

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Dec 25, 2014 10:24:00 AM

Epiphanies: Big Dreams and Transformative Meetings

A free audio lecture from Pacifica Graduate Institute. The audio files are from the fall 2014 workshop Epiphanies: Big Dreams and Transformative Meetings with Christine Downing, Ph.D.

"Epiphanies are sudden realizations or flashes of recognition. Although their significance may be apparent immediately or only in retrospect, these are the moments that give depth and meaning to our lives. This workshop by Dr. Christine Downing explored the role played in our lives by such transformative events, beginning with our earliest childhood memories, whether consoling or terrifying, and then going on to honor the life-changing impact of intense engagements with others.

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Posted in: Pacifica Events, transformative