Author: Clay Boykin

Viktor Frankl – On Hope

What does a positive facial expression of hope look like in a man? It was easy to find hope in the faces of babies, but it took me a while to find this one.   *** Viktor Frankl believed that “love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire”. But what allowed him to hold onto this belief so fervently amidst the moral deformity of the Holocaust? In Man’s Search for Meaning, Frankl’s autobiographical testament of his time in Auschwitz, he offers this explanation: “Those who know how close the connection is between the state of...

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Of Glory and Humility

When one conjures up images of General George Patton (portrayed by George C. Scott) in the epic movie, Patton, one can easily think of glory, but what about humility? Much has been written about Patton and his complex nature. Among other virtues, some say he was a man with an iron will combined with humility, at times veiled thinly behind his bluster. Perhaps it is easier to think of Nelson Mandel as a man with an iron will combined with the virtue of humility. It is written that despite Nelson Mandela’s profound impact on South Africa, democracy and the struggle...

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Who Am I? What Do Others See?

The Johari window is a technique that helps people better understand their relationship with themselves and others. It was created by psychologists Joseph Luft (1916–2014) and Harrington Ingham (1916–1995) in 1955, and is used primarily in self-help groups and corporate settings as a heuristic exercise. Luft and Ingham called their Johari Window model ‘Johari’ after combining their first names, Joe and Harrington.       Conscious Vulnerability Vulnerability Wheel...

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Conscious Vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share. (Filmed at TEDxHouston.) The Power of Vulnerability – TED Talk by Brené Brown Another Brené Brown talk and more: The Man in the Arena More on: Vulnerability...

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Dark Night of the Soul

We’ve all been there, our darkest hour, when we hit bottom, when there was no light at the end of the tunnel. Some of us are there now, or soon will be. Some of us can see it all too well in our rear view mirror. However we describe it, whenever we have been there, however we got there, one thing is for sure, it is a point of reference we can all relate to in some form or other. “I hear you, brother, and without judgement, we stand shoulder to shoulder with you”. Despair is Suffering without meaning: Finding...

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