Archives for July, 2012

Depression

Famous People and the Horses They Love: Lyle Lovett

Certainly the sound of a large band can’t be missed, especially when it's done well. A large band is actually one of Lyle Lovett’s trademarks, among other things. A native Texan, Lovett has recorded thirteen albums and released twenty-one singles to date. Creating many Top Ten Billboard Hits and albums, the singer has also won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album.

Lovett has also appeared...
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Famous People and the Horses They Love — William Shatner

There are few people who wouldn’t recognize William Shatner for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of USS Enterprise, in the science fiction television series "Star Trek," the following animated series, or the seven subsequent "Star Trek" films.

However, Shatner’s roles expand far beyond "Star Trek." He also played the veteran police sergeant Hooker, and hosted the reality-based television series "Rescue 911," which won a People’s Choice Award...
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Famous People and The Horses They Love

While we may know some famous horses such as Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Barbaro, or Man O’ War, what is not so well known are the many famous people who love horses. So as part of an equine therapy series, I thought I would shed some light on the many well-known people and the horses they love.

Patrick Swayze:

While Swayze’s profession was as an actor and dancer, and there aren’t many people who aren’t familiar with...
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Equine Therapy as a Positive Psychology Intervention?

According to Shawn Achor, the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, and the CEO of Good Think Inc., a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers, 90% of happiness can be predicted not by what surrounds a person, (the environment), but rather how he/she experiences this environment.

Alchor, who has used a 21-day gratitude list intervention, in a variety of different settings, in forty-two different countries, explains that when...
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Equine Therapy: A Cure For Self-Obsession?

In July of last year, Newsweek ran an article titled, “United States of Narcissism.” The article explored America’s rather explosive rise of self-obsession, and self-admiration, self-absorption and self-indulgence.

All About The Self

You get the concept. Narcissism is the inability to see past that blindingly imposing thing known as the self to comprehend how one’s actions may affect another. According to Sara Konrath, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s Research Center...
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Equine Therapy: Building Empathy

According to Daniel Goleman, author of "Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead With Emotional Intelligence,"  empathy is the single most important tool in social interaction - especially leadership. Yet, for all it’s importance, empathy is often lacking in everyday life, and as Goleman points out, often overlooked.

For this reason, a few organizations have sprung up that focus solely on teaching and building empathy. One such organization is the Humane Society. This organization has developed what they call the Empathy Connection: Creating Caring Communities...
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