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bullet29 March, 2002:  Email from Dr. Anie Kalayjian

TRANSFORMING ANGER AND HATE INTO LOVE -- Dr Anie Kalayjian

       As a child of survivor of the Ottoman Turkish Genocide of Armenians, I have been familiar with the atrocities planned and carried out from 1894 to 1915.  The collective pain and suffering of my nation of Armenia and the continued Turkish denial of its Genocide had initially left me feeling helpless, angry and in pain.  Some of this was transmitted generationally.  I was fortunate to have met and worked with Viktor Frankl, a Viennese Psychiatrist and philosopher and a Nazi concentration camp survivor.  His message to my feelings of helplessness and need to help survivors, and the Armenian community in general was: forgiveness.
For the last decade I have been challenged to deliver this message to my family and the larger Armenian community.  The journey has been a difficult but gratifying one.  This journey has helped me endure the pain and horror of being personally threatened in Istanbul, Turkey, when I attempted to present our research findings on the Genocide of the Armenians.
I was also challenged to share my experiences with my students, and with the world at large, through my lectures and written articles and research.  The journey is challenging, and we need to help one another to transform the suffering and pain to healing through meaning.  I found a particular meaning in forgiveness, and transforming anger into love. 
Elisabeth Lukas, a German Logotherapist, a student of Viktor Frankl and my mentor, was also instrumental in my journey.  Here is her poem in response to an enemy that I use as my guiding light:

IN RESPONSE TO AN ENEMY
ELISABETH LUKAS

THANK YOU, MY FRIEND.
YOU ATTACKED ME.
AND WITH THAT YOU GAVE ME
STRENGTH TO AWAKEN MY FORGIVING.

YOU WANTED TO BELITTLE ME
AND THE EFFECT WAS
THAT I WAS ABLE TO RAISE MYSELF
TO MY FULL HEIGHT.

YOU WANTED TO HURT ME.
AND WITH THAT YOU TAUGHT ME
TO ENDURE PAIN
BRAVELY AND WITH DIGNITY.

I THANK YOU, MY FRIEND.
YOU WANTED TO DESTROY ME,
AND WITH THAT YOU SHOWED ME
THE INDESTRUCTIBLE ESSENCE WITHIN ME
.

For this holiday season, be mindeful of your feelings of anger, hate and helplessness and process them and transform them into love through forgiveness and meaning. 

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25 Sept., 2001: Email from Sandra Neil, World Area Chair

Dear ICP Colleagues

    This is the 'Peace, International Relations and Human Rights Interest Group' Millennium Statement written for ICP by our interest group at the turn of the millennium. Our group believes this is a statement of veracity and truth in these troubled times in the world since the 11 September terrorist attack on America.

The International Council of Psychologists in the 21st Century

We, the people of the International Council of Psychologists, look back of  the 20th century with awe and also horror.

We look with awe at women's and men's scientific and technological achievements that have put men on the moon, that are lengthening human life expectancy everywhere, that can bring us visions within minutes of events that take place thousands of miles away, that enable some of us to communicate at lightening speed with others around the world, and to inform and be informed.

We look with horror at our inhumanity toward others, at war and massacres, at hate and honour killings, at abject poverty in a sea of plenty, at technological misadventure, at conflicts in which entire populations are chased from their ancient lands, at the ruthless destruction of our life-giving environment, at what could have been and was not. 

We recognise the neglect of the human spirit. 

We are determined to make this new millennium one in which our achievement of the 20th century will be used for all people to live better and to live in peace, free of want and of war.

To these ends we will work for the democratic promotion of peace education, for endangered people and children, for transforming self and society, for creating community dialogue, for 'remembering' people everywhere, for the strict adherence to its principles of human and cultural rights, and its spirit by living together in peace as good neighbours, by using our efforts to maintain international peace and security ensure that force shall not be used in settling human rights conflicts so the peoples voices are heard and the peoples needs are defended and met.

We take the occasion of the 58th Annual Convention of the International Council of Psychologists to propose specifically: 1. peace, security and disarmament; 2. eradication of poverty; 3. human rights; 4. sustainable development and the environment; 5. facing the challenge of globalisation: achieving equity, justice and diversity; 6. enabling health rights of all people.

    Please join us in doing what you can in your small corner of this world to promote peace within, peace between, and peace among. Our wish is for peace, health, and happiness across the world. If you wish to contribute to the 'Peace, International Relations and Human Rights Interest Group' Forum, at the ICP Convention in the Phillippines in 2001, please write back to me.

Yours sincerely, Dr Sandra Neil, ICP World Area Chair

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 14 September, 2001:  Letter from President, Roswith Roth

 Dear ICP Member,

     This is my first letter to you all as President of ICP and I am happy and proud to serve ICP.

     I would like to express to our members in the US all my sincere sadness over the terrible events which have occurred in the United States during the past few days, and send my sincere condolences.  

     In the next future there are several changes in ICP:  Dr. Ernest Fried is going to resign as Secretary-General by the end of September 2001 and I would like to express my deep appreciation to Dr. Fried for his devoted work for ICP.  ICP is looking for a new Secretary General, we are starting the search process in the October IP please support the Search Committee (Chair: Dr. Matti Gershenfeld). 

    During the interim time, we will share responsibilities: Matti Gershenfeld our Past-President will be our Interim-Secretary-General until ICP has a new Secretary-General. Our new treasurer Lenore Walker will take care of the membership dues.

    Please send your check made out to ICP or the credit card details to Lenore Walker. Fax your dues statement only if paying by credit card.

Dr. Lenore Walker, Treasurer  /  915 Middle River Drive #401 /  Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304 / FAX: 954-563-9771 /  e-mail: DrLEWalker@aol.com

 I will be pleased to respond any inquiries you may have by letter or by email.

I am looking forward to getting in touch with you personally and seeing you next year in Manila, where Naty Dayan is organizing a great ICP convention.

Sincerely,     Dr. Roswith Roth /  ICP President 2001-2002

 

bullet14 Sept.:  Minutes from August APA meeting are located under "Conventions" bar
bullet 20 July Email from Dennis Trent: " ...I have...agreed to take over as the editor of the IP for the next couple of years. I would like to try to move much of it to an electronic medium as I think that would be the fastest, surest and most economical way to get it out. Obviously we will still have to print some as many people do not have internet access, but the more we move in that direction, the better it will be, I think...."  

Also in the same email I was informed that Betty Bishop is our new Continuing Education Coordinator.  Send your best wishes to both Dennis and Betty.

bullet17 April, 2001 Email from Matti Gershenfeld, President of ICP 

RE:  Ee-Li Hong, Co-editor of the International Psychologist

"First, Congratulations on the forthcoming birth of your baby; what a wonderful time. And as if that is not enough excitement, may I extend my best wishes for an early move to New Zealand and a happy future there. I fully understnad your inability to continue to edit the IP, but I hope you can continue to be active in ICP."....

bullet3 April, 2001:  The ICP wishes to thank  to Dr. Sandra E. S Neil PhD  (Australia) for accepting the challenging job of World Area Chair for ICP.  Sandra is a past-president of ICP and we look forward to her success in this leadership position. Her Email address is: icp@netspace.net.au .
bullet3 April, 2001: A note from your Web Editor, Dr. Walter S. Griesinger:  This website has been non-responsive to the web editing tools I have be using to post material to this site.  I am in the process of investigating a new editing tool.  In the meantime, there may be changes in appearance and links on the website to accommodate the difficulties I am having.  Please be patient.
bulletThe ICP is sorry to hear of the death of C.W. Maio on August 10, 2000.