Coca in Context: From The Andes to Paris & Atlanta An early documentation of the use of the medicinal properties of the coca plant came from the Spanish friar, Vincente de Valverde, reporting on the importance of the coca tree to the Incas: "...coca, which is the leaf of a small tree that resembles the…Read more Freud & The Cocaine Episode in Context
Transcript Continuing and concluding our discussion of assessment and research practices in personality theory, we now come to the clinical interview. Typically, a clinical interview takes place over an extended period of time and goes into either a surface level, a medium level, or an in-depth survey of the individual who is being interviewed. It's…Read more How do we Study Personality? (Part 4)
Transcript I'd like to begin our exploration of personality with the word itself, "personality." If we look into the etymology of the word "personality," we find the Latin word "persona." This term has its most recent origins in Etruscan language of northern and central Italy meaning "mask." So we have the Latin use of the…Read more How do we Study Personality? (Part 1)
Our earliest years form the foundation of not only what we think about, but more importantly, how we think. It is evident that how we think is shaped by the culture from which we emerge and the unique situations that we experience. William James likened our minds to clay on the potter's wheel; each of…Read more Rod Serling & The Postmodern Condition
Originally published on February 29, 2012 The 1933 illustration Freud used to depict the psyche. About ten years ago I was heading to teach a class in introductory psychology at a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. As I walked passed the social sciences office I encountered a box of books marked "free". Little did…Read more The Myth of Freud’s Iceberg Model
*This blog originally appeared on July 20, 2012. I recall the moment when I decided to work at becoming a more skillful sight-reader. I was taking an audition as a trombonist with a rural orchestra in Pennsylvania. I had just performed for one season with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Lima, in Peru, and assumed that…Read more The Skill of Sight-Reading
Qin Shu, Lotus flower with dragon fly the morning .The Western psychologist who wishes to explore Eastern psychology may wonder where to begin their search. Buddhism is an ancient tradition that has many variants and thousands of years of texts to explore. In this essay I would like to introduce a few basic concepts about Buddhist…Read more Buddhist Psychology: On The Development of The Ego
Performance anxiety is an issue that many performing artists deal with. In this podcast I explore a technique for dealing with performance anxiety through Buddhist psychology of Chögyam Trungpa in his book Meditation in Action.
In this episode, Dr. Giobbi introduces an exercise from Adlerian psychology in the exploration of the experience of performance anxiety for the performing artist.