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Good Communication through I-Statements

Good Communication through I-StatementsRobert McGarey, M.A. Introduction When a relationship has been soured by misunderstandings, poisoned by distrust or bruised by hurt feelings, it’s hard to communicate with each other effectively. What’s needed is some way to rebuild a foundation of trust and cooperation between us and our partner. The most sure-fire way to build that foundation is with I-Statements. What I-Statements Are I-Statements give our partner information about us, and they do it in a way that’s far less threatening than the alternative: You-Statements. They form the bedrock for

How To Creatively Deal With Coronavirus Anxiety And Depression: A Humanistic Perspective

How To Creatively Deal With Coronavirus Anxiety And Depression: A Humanistic PerspectiveDr. Carroy (Cuf) Ferguson, Ph.D. As a pandemic phenomenon, it is fair to say that one of the mental health effects of the unfolding coronavirus event is to cause many to feel lots of anxiety and sometimes depression. It is for this reason that I wrote an AHP blog article titled, “A ‘Stark Reminder’ About How We Are An Interdependent Species On The Planet: Side-Effects Of The Coronavirus Phenomenon.”   The intention of that article was to suggest that no

The Actualizing Tendency Cannot be Destroyed

The Actualizing Tendency cannot be DestroyedCarl R. Rogers, Ph.D. “Whether we are speaking of a flower or an oak tree, of an earthworm or a beautiful bird, of an ape or a person, we will do well, I believe, to recognize that life is an active process, not a passive one. Whether the stimulus arises from within or without, whether the environment is favorable or unfavorable, the behaviors of an organism can be counted on to be in the direction of maintaining, enhancing, and reproducing itself. This is the very

A “Stark Reminder” About How We Are An Interdependent Species On The Planet: Side-Effects Of The Coronavirus Phenomenon

A “Stark Reminder” About How We Are An Interdependent Species On The Planet: Side-Effects Of The Coronavirus Phenomenon Dr. Carroy (Cuf) Ferguson, Ph.D. As the coronavirus “marches” across the globe, with its unfortunate and harmful effects on our individual and collective health and well-being, we have also been presented with a “stark reminder” of how we are an interdependent species by the power and the side-effects of this little “invisible bug.” The nature of that interdependence is not only “mirrored” by the global effects on our physical health, but also

Speaking “Truth To Power” About Climate Change: The Role Of Archetypal Energies

Dr. Carroy (Cuf) Ferguson, Ph.D. One of the Archetypal Energies that I discuss in my award-winning book, Evolving The Human Race Game: A Spiritual and Soul-Linked Perspective (2017) is the Archetypal Energy “Truth”.  Speaking “Truth To Power” requires Understanding “what is so” and to authentically face and examine “what is so” with Courage in order to constructively act harmoniously to bring about change and transformation. The phenomenon of climate change requires such an approach. Archetypal Energies are Higher Vibrational Energies, operating deep within our psyches individually and collectively, that lead us, when accessed,

AHP’s Call To Action: Take A Stand To Consciously Deal With Racism

With the unsettling injury-ridden violence and deadly event in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, involving the alt right and white supremacist groups, this country (the United States) was once again shaken by what I call the unconscious race-linked wound in the human psyche. I called attention to this unconscious race-linked wound in a 2015 article I wrote for the spirituality and social justice magazine, Anchor Magazine by Still Harbor, titled “Healing Our Race-Linked Wounds”.   The Charlottesville event culminated in the injury of 19 people, and the death of three

“Being Mindful” And Becoming A “Harmony Worker” During Unsettling Times

Dr. Carroy (Cuf) Ferguson, Ph.D. Let us be mindful of our individual and collective past in order to learn what works and does not work for our individual and collective Well Being. Let us seek and find ways to experience Joy as a way “to be” in the present for our individual and collective Well Being. And, let us create and implement Visions for evolving our consciousness in ways that can sustain our individual and collective Well Being.  Given the above perspective and not to be self-serving per se, I invite those

Shining A “Humanistic Light” on Racism

Dr. Carroy (Cuf) Ferguson, Ph.D. On July 14, 2019, race-linked tweets, filled with racially charged negative rhetoric, began to emerge for a country, the United States, to grapple once more with its past, present, and future.  The tweets were directed toward four duly elected women of color in Congress.  In this light, the phenomenon of racism, yet again, was abruptly made more overt, rather than covert.  Indeed, it is fair to say that the phenomenon of racism is often an “unconscious or veiled phenomenon” for some.  And, while there are those who would

Part III. Clues For Knowing If You Are Being A Conscious Creator During Unsettling Times: A Call For Conscious Action NOW

Dr. Carroy (Cuf) Ferguson, Ph.D. This is the third installment related to 24 clues for knowing if you are being a conscious creator during unsettling times. Indeed, during such times, it is important to be “conscious creators” in order to maintain a focus on and to nurture the evolution of human consciousness.  It is also fair to say that during unsettling times, each person on the planet, nationally and globally, encounters a variety of choices in this regard to their conscious evolution. The first installment of 8 clues, presented March 22,

A Way To Exercise Your Personal Power: Vote

A Way To Exercise Your Personal Power: Vote By Dr. Carroy (Cuf) Ferguson, Ph.D.  As a psychological and educational association, the Association for Humanistic Psychology (AHP) nurtures a conscious focus on the values of human dignity and humane societies. Currently, the divisive political climate nationally and globally and the lack of sensitivity and civility directed toward our individual and collective human being-ness cry out for a different way “to be.” In that regard, I previously wrote an AHP blog, which I want to call attention to again as the United

A Humanistic Approach To Politics: AHP’s Call For A Politics Of Truth

By Dr. Carroy (Cuf) Ferguson, Ph.D. AHP President  As human beings on this tiny planet in the cosmos we call Earth, we live as “citizens” in a variety of people-determined land demarcations that we call countries, each with its own unique version of politics.  Citizens in the United States and people in the world, therefore, are engaged in a variety of political dramas.  It is fair to say that in the United States and globally, the current political climate is very divisive. We, as an educational Association for Humanistic Psychology (AHP), therefore,

The Power of Gratitude

Hi All During this season of family togetherness, giving thanks, and giving gifts, I wanted to express my gratitude to all the “kindred spirits” in the world for your wonderful “energy gifts” to the world. It is my belief that we are all creators and fellow journeyers on this tiny planet in the cosmos, seeking to express our higher truth, wisdom, and love in the best way that we can. And, while we may play various roles in various arenas to assist one another  on our various paths for growth, it all