“Imagination? Art? Play?” A Jolt of Joan for the week of Sept 8, 2013
Rollo May,Ph.D. Psychologist, author of 15 books,
including The Courage To Create,who along with
Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow was a founder of humanistic psychology asks,
“What if imagination and art are not frosting at all,
but the fountainhead of human experience?” Fountainhead? That is a powerful word, defined not only as source, but chief source.
What Dr. May is telling us is that human experience arises out of imagination and art.
An eminent psychiatrist, Stuart Brown, M.D. founder of the National Institute for Play, f
irst discovered the importance of play by discerning its absence
in a carefully studied group of homicidal young males,
beginning with the University of Texas Tower mass murderer, Charles Whitman.
Joan King’s life path embodies the blending of the hard and noetic sciences. At the tender age of seventeen, she stepped into life at the Dominican convent in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Eleven years later she left that religious training to become a chemist, and then received a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology. Her twenty-year tenure as a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, lead her to a dynamic crossroads of personal self-discovery. She left academia. Her new found "inner knowing" ignited the writing of her first book. It became the foundation in understanding how our bodies model the teachings of our beliefs. Joan King’s blending of science and spirituality birthed her professional coaching business, Beyond-Success LLC, in 1998.