This episode we welcome Dr. Mark Purcell, licensed psychologist and doctor of clinical psychology. Dr. Purcell is core faculty for John F. Kennedy University’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology and co-author of Mindfulness for Teen Anger: A Workbook to Overcome Anger and Aggression Using MBSR and DBT.
Sex and sexuality in relationships is a topic infrequently discussed in public, and yet, ironically, it is the public, cultural sphere that informs many of our ideas around how we think we should feel and behave sexually. According to Pam Costa, sex and relationship coach, writer, speaker, and graduate from the Holistic Counseling program at John F. Kennedy University, many of these ideas are myths that all too often cause damage to longterm relationships.“We receive many negative messages about sexuality from culture, religion, family of origin, and personal experience that can result in a landmine of blame and shame around sex in our relationships,” explains Costa. The idea, for example, that we should automatically know what we want sexually and that our partners should automatically know as well, does not lead in productive or intimate directions. What would happen if, instead of unconsciously subscribing to these imagined truths, we connected to what our bodies have to say?
What does an ancient community in Norway have to tell us about leadership in the modern world? Turns out, a culture that has been around for 10,000 years has quite a bit of wisdom to share, if only someone were to ask. Our speaker for this enlightening edition of the Thursday Soapbox at John F. Kennedy University did just that. Marilyn Fowler, PhD and Former Chair of the Consciousness and Transformation Studies program, traveled to the northern lands of her ancient, blond ancestors, the Sami, with a question: What makes a good leader?Fowler’s findings changed her life and lead to the publication of her new book, Blond Roots: A Cross-Cultural Journey of Identity. While discovering her own ancestral roots, Fowler discovered a worldview of genuine equality, and what it means to be a leader within that world. “They believe it is their job as leaders to help everyone else that is within their sphere of influence be as successful as possible,” she explains. Much of the time, this simply has to do with listening.While this is not exactly a foreign concept in terms of relating with others, is it not necessarily the type of approach we have come to expect from our leaders. What if it were?