Carol S. Pearson's Blog (35)

A CONSPIRACY THEORY VACCINE? MAKING SENSE OF A CHAOTIC WORLD

Part One: The Appeal of Conspiracy Thinking

I’m intrigued by how many conspiracy theories are gaining traction today, and wondering how so many fellow citizens of my country can believe them. I see news interviews with people who believe such outrageous things, but in every other way they look and act like…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on October 29, 2020 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Power of Story in a Time of Crisis and Potential Social Renewal

…this is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on June 8, 2020 at 8:08am — No Comments

Do What You Love and Make a Difference—But How?

This is the second of two blogs that address the coronavirus pandemic.

I’m going out very little during the coronavirus pandemic, while also taking time to stay connected—at a distance—with family, friends, and colleagues. It is so important in these times that people are not isolated. Simultaneously, I am…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on April 8, 2020 at 10:53am — 2 Comments

Beyond Disinfectant, Cleaning Wipes, and Toilet Paper: Our Pandemic Challenge

This is the first of two blogs that address the coronavirus pandemic.

All I have is a voice

To undo the folded lie,

The…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on April 8, 2020 at 10:50am — No Comments

A Nation At War With Itself

The verdict is in: The President of the United States of America has abused his power, bullied another nation to provide him with personal political benefit, and covered this up in unprecedented ways. The Mueller investigation also identified many crimes he was party to as a candidate as well as numerous instances of obstruction of justice. He…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on February 7, 2020 at 9:33am — 11 Comments

What’s Good and What’s Bad About Narcissism? Opportunity or Dysfunction?

Narcissism has been making the news lately. People are concerned that some politicians and CEOs may be narcissists. To understand what is going on in the world today and to recognize how you and I can be happy, successful, and positive influences, it is helpful to view narcissism on a continuum, and to live out its positive sides and…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on October 22, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Depth Leadership: How to Live Your Calling and Succeed in Leading Others

Leadership today is too often viewed as a function or role conferred only by some authority. Yet, whether you are a parent, a teacher, a supervisor, a CEO, president of a country, or someone who acts because something needs to be done and no one else is doing it, you can lead successfully only if other people actually want to follow you, collaborate…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on August 7, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Finding Yourself and Expanding Your Horizons

Western culture emphasizes individualism and, therefore, being authentic and true to who we are. Who we are, of course, is influenced by others, who also may be influenced by us. Social neuroscientists have posited that humans evolved through interactions, as each person, each group, and each region shared their stories with…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on April 12, 2019 at 8:47am — No Comments

What Stories Are You Living—and What Unconscious Assumptions Determine What You Do?

When someone asks, “How are you?”, you might say, “Great!” or “I’m good” or “Hanging in there” or some such, and leave it at that. But if you are talking with a friend, loved one, or anyone who seems truly interested, likely you might share an anecdote about why you feel the way you do. For example, you might say:

  • I left my house at the…
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Added by Carol S. Pearson on January 4, 2019 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Learning from Brands in Crisis to Remain Our Best Selves in Challenging Times

By Margaret Mark and Carol S. Pearson[i]



Many of us in our lives face a crucible or severe test at some point, but for the most part, it is thankfully not played out upon a public…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on August 28, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Need to Lighten Up? Activate Your Jester Archetype

When life feels like a drag and events are depressing, it is a good time to lighten up. For that, we can call on the Jester. You may know this archetype best in the comedian, the entertainer, the party planner, the cruise director, the satirist, the practical joker, or the friends or colleagues who always crack you up.

 

The Art of Lightening…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on June 15, 2018 at 11:56am — No Comments

Need to Lighten Up? Activate Your Jester Archetype

When life feels like a drag and events are depressing, it is a good time to lighten up. For that, we can call on the Jester. You may know this archetype best in the comedian, the entertainer, the party planner, the cruise director, the satirist, the practical joker, or the friends or colleagues who always crack you up.

 

The Art of…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on June 15, 2018 at 11:54am — No Comments

Are You a Warrior? And If So, What Kind?

Warriors generally are associated with two kinds of courage: (1) the ability to fight to protect themselves and (2) setting goals and developing the strength and skills to accomplish them. If we do not have enough access to the Warrior archetype, we may let other people push us around, lack direction, or fail to achieve our goals because we do not persist. Too…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on April 23, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Archetypal Remedies for #MeToo and #TimesUp: How Not to Be Part of the Problem

Gender roles are in flux in a good way, so that we all have access to archetypes related to human attributes that have been divided up by traditional sex roles. Psychologists believed for much of the 20th century that mental health required fidelity to traditional sex roles, which often, when viewed in archetypal terms, meant Warrior and Explorer…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on February 27, 2018 at 10:32am — No Comments

Ghosts, Zombies, Vampires, and the Apocalypse: What Are They Warning Us About?

The most profitable film genre in America today offers horror, as does television: These include narratives about the apocalypse, ghosts, zombies, and vampires.

Why do we like them, and what are they telling us?

Given nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and climate change, it is no surprise that people are drawn to movies about the apocalypse. Some…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on February 9, 2018 at 9:09am — No Comments

Why Do People Think Such Nutty Things, and How Can We Talk With Them Anyway?

Fights over conflicting viewpoints, including those between young adults and their parents, are common in life. Now, in the U.S. and elsewhere, the political opinions of different groups have begun to ossify, so that it is difficult for citizens to hear one another or have civil discussions about areas of disagreement. If this continues, solutions to major…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on January 22, 2018 at 11:13am — No Comments

Brothers and Sisters: Friends or Foes? Oh, My!

Most of us get little help in navigating sibling relationships or seeing how they affect us. Recently, I was asked to give a presentation on sisters and brothers and found there is very little written about this important topic. Even family system literature focuses more on parents and addressing children’s problems, which, of course, are very important…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on January 22, 2018 at 11:08am — No Comments

Brothers and Sisters: Friends or Foes? Oh, My!

 

By Carol S. Pearson

 

Most of us get little help in navigating sibling relationships or seeing how they affect us. Recently, I was asked to give a presentation on sisters and brothers and found there is very little written about this important topic. Even family system literature focuses more on parents and addressing…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on August 23, 2017 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Arrival: How the Feminine Saves the World

Life in the 21st century is challenging for all of us. We are living in a globally interdependent world, where time has accelerated, learning challenges are constant, and it is difficult to keep up with the pace of change and not feel overwhelmed. On top of that, physicists tell us that time and space are relative, which is difficult for any of us to…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on May 15, 2017 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Finding Yourself in the New Tribalism

Neotribalism is a sociological term that describes the way many countries are splintering apart in response to a global society in which it is difficult to find our individual identities with so much coming at us to choose from in terms of lifestyle, values, and beliefs. Ancient ethnic and racial identities are re-emerging internationally, accompanied by…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on March 22, 2017 at 5:28pm — No Comments


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