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|29 March, 2002: Email from Dr. Anie Kalayjian|
TRANSFORMING ANGER AND HATE INTO LOVE -- Dr
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
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
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
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
Letter from President, Roswith Roth
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
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.
Lenore Walker, Treasurer / 915 Middle River Drive #401 / Ft.
Lauderdale, FL 33304 /
954-563-9771 / e-mail: DrLEWalker@aol.com
will be pleased to respond any inquiries you may have – by letter or by
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.
Dr. Roswith Roth / ICP President 2001-2002
|14 Sept.: Minutes from August APA
meeting are located under "Conventions" bar
| 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.
|17 April, 2001 Email from Matti Gershenfeld,
President of ICP |
RE: Ee-Li Hong, Co-editor of the International
"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."....
|3 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: email@example.com
|3 April, 2001: A note from your Web Editor,
Dr. Walter S. Griesinger: This website has been non-responsive to the
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|The ICP is sorry to hear of the death of
C.W. Maio on August 10, 2000.|