Category Archives: Social Responsibility

Professor Sir Michael Marmot at Local Conference on Urban Mental Health

Today’s keynote speaker at the Adler School of Professional Psychology’s conference on urban mental health was Professor Sir Michael Marmot, a researcher at University College London who specializes in studying health inequities around the world. He made a number of… Continue Reading Professor Sir Michael Marmot at Local Conference on Urban Mental Health

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The Courage to Be Imperfect: A Potter’s Tale

While we’re enjoying a few days of relaxation in our favorite place, Door County, Wisconsin, we paid a visit to Ellison Bay Pottery and had an enjoyable chat with John Dietrich, who has been making pottery in Door County since… Continue Reading The Courage to Be Imperfect: A Potter’s Tale

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Mental Health Parity: Are We There Yet?

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, and Rep. Mike Quigley held a public hearing this evening in Chicago, on the current state of the Domenici-Wellstone Mental Health Parity and Substance Abuse Equity Act, which President Obama signed into law… Continue Reading Mental Health Parity: Are We There Yet?

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Social Interest – Still a Challenge for Our Time

Toward the end of Alfred Adler’s life, he published a book titled Social Interest – A Challenge for Mankind. About thirty years later, his colleague Rudolf Dreikurs published Social Equality: The Challenge of Today. It seems that mankind needs to be reminded… Continue Reading Social Interest – Still a Challenge for Our Time

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Values – Custom Made or Off-the-shelf?

These days, it’s becoming more and more difficult to sort out what your personal values should be. This challenge, which psychologist Erik Erikson described in his “Identity versus role confusion” task, typically takes place when we’re about 14 to 17… Continue Reading Values – Custom Made or Off-the-shelf?

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Engaged Employees

I appeciated an article in the New York Times this week, written by two researchers – one from the Harvard Business School – that reviewed a number of pieces of research and survey results about employee engagement and happiness at work.… Continue Reading Engaged Employees

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Suicide shouldn’t be politicized, but…

I don’t ordinarily like to bring my political views into this blog, but there are some examples (like the Florida law that makes it illegal for a doctor to ask if there are guns in a house with young children)… Continue Reading Suicide shouldn’t be politicized, but…

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Common Sense Takes Another Hit

Another law that tries to force an extreme agenda at the expense of common sense According to a story that appeared on Yahoo! News today, the Florida legislature is preparing to pass a law – being pushed by the National… Continue Reading Common Sense Takes Another Hit

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Psychology and Ethical Behavior

Economic decisions can trump ethical ones Today’s New York Times has a guest column by two management experts who have studied ethical decision-making in business. Their findings suggest that the line of reasoning that fines and penalties should deter unethical… Continue Reading Psychology and Ethical Behavior

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Joe Bageant passes away

Joe Bageant, a man of great conscience and insight, as well as a wicked sense of humor, died March 27 after a battle with a particularly aggressive form of cancer. A note about it on his blog is here.   

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