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Self-Reflective Journaling: A Practice For Achieving Self-Understanding And Acceptance, Overcoming Creative Resistance, And Moving Toward Ideal Self, Courtney Moses May 2019

Self-Reflective Journaling: A Practice For Achieving Self-Understanding And Acceptance, Overcoming Creative Resistance, And Moving Toward Ideal Self, Courtney Moses

Critical and Creative Thinking Capstones Collection

The Critical and Creative Thinking synthesis course provided an opportunity for me to begin a process of self-transformation, using all that I had learned in the program about metacognition, reflective practice, and creativity to inspire goals for my personal growth. As part of my work in the synthesis course, I rediscovered a consistent practice of self-reflective journaling that I had abandoned some years ago and used my synthesis paper to document my process in hopes that others may learn from it and perhaps be inspired to take on a self-reflective journaling practice of their own. As my paper reveals through ...


The Place Where You Are, Gabriel O'Malley Feb 2016

The Place Where You Are, Gabriel O'Malley

New England Journal of Public Policy

We moved to 21 Sparks Street in Cambridge in 1974. A bright yellow triple decker with a red door, it stood at the head of a dead end populated by worker cottages that had once been home to servants who worked up the road on Brattle Street. It housed three women. The oldest, Mrs. Crowley, ancient even then, lived on the third floor. Her daughter, Louise, known to me forever as Mrs. Sughrue, lived on the second floor with her adult daughter, Cathy. Before renting the first floor apartment to my parents, Mrs. Sughrue invited them up to her place ...


Good-Bye To All That: The Rise And Demise Of Irish America (1993), Shaun O’Connell Nov 2015

Good-Bye To All That: The Rise And Demise Of Irish America (1993), Shaun O’Connell

New England Journal of Public Policy

The works discussed in this article include: The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley 1874-1958, by Jack Beatty; JFK: Reckless Youth, by Nigel Hamilton; Textures of Irish America, by Lawrence J. McCaffrey; and Militant and Triumphant: William Henry O'Connell and the Catholic Church in Boston, by James M. O'Toole.

Reprinted from New England Journal of Public Policy 9, no. 1 (1993), article 9.


Important Places (2005), Shaun O’Connell Nov 2015

Important Places (2005), Shaun O’Connell

New England Journal of Public Policy

The author talks about his time and associations with the University of Massachusetts Boston. He also describes Ireland and his family's roots there and how it connects with Boston as well as his life in New York.

Reprinted from New England Journal of Public Policy 20, no. 2 (2005), article 10.


Wars Remembered (2003), Shaun O’Connell Nov 2015

Wars Remembered (2003), Shaun O’Connell

New England Journal of Public Policy

O'Connell speaks about his father, among other war veterans, dealing with the effects of the wars they fought in. He explains his father's history from how he enilisted to how he died. He also touches upon other's war experiences and writing about the after effects of them as well.

Reprinted from New England Journal of Public Policy 19, no. 1 (2003), article 3.


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 22 - 2014, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2014

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 22 - 2014, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.


Appointment At Bu Dop, Brian Wright O'Connor Sep 2013

Appointment At Bu Dop, Brian Wright O'Connor

New England Journal of Public Policy

Brian O’Connor writes about his father, who was killed in Viet Nam. He methodically documents his father’s battle with Viet Cong forces, recreates the circumstances that led to his death, and describes his unquenchable to-the-death devotion to his squad. Lieutenant Colonel Mortimer Lenane O’Connor, the son concludes, was “a gung-ho infantry officer, a West Pointer with a sense of gallows humor who believed that large-force engagements were the quickest way to conclude the war.” Earlier this year the University of Pennsylvania awarded his father posthumously a doctorate for the thesis he was working on when he put ...


On Dumpster Diving, Lars Eighner Mar 2013

On Dumpster Diving, Lars Eighner

New England Journal of Public Policy

Lars Eighner became homeless in 1988 after leaving a job he had held for ten years as an attendant at a state hospital in Austin, Texas. He lives in a small apartment in Austin and continues to scavenge. This article was originally published in the Fall 1990 issue of The Threepenny Review. Reprinted with permission.

This article originally appeared in a 1992 issue of the New England Journal of Public Policy (Volume 8, Issue 1): http://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol8/iss1.


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 20 - 2013, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2013

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 20 - 2013, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 21 - 2013, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2013

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 21 - 2013, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.


Penning The Sociological Imagination: Writing About My Struggles With Writing, Than B. Pham Jan 2011

Penning The Sociological Imagination: Writing About My Struggles With Writing, Than B. Pham

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

I have never liked writing. Writing in general is extremely difficult for me. Throughout high-school and on to college every single paper was the bane of my existence. Every time I heard the word ‘essay,’ I knew it was going to be a dreadful experience. I still remember every single essay that I wrote during high school. Every single one took hours of painful writing and typing. For me the most difficult part of writing was the thinking process. My thoughts were often disorganized to begin with. Writing and typing ideas down were excruciatingly slow. It was a struggle for ...


What Drives A Teenager To Depression?: An Insider's Sociological Look Into Its Causes, Melissa Mejia Jan 2011

What Drives A Teenager To Depression?: An Insider's Sociological Look Into Its Causes, Melissa Mejia

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

This paper explores, through a sociological imagination, what causes a teenager to develop depression. As explained, family is one of the main factors, not only in the development of adolescent depression, but also in the treatment, being a double-edge sword that can affect in both good and bad ways. The first half is a micro-analysis of the subject, being a self-exploration of the time I suffered from depression in my teenage years, when not one member of my family found out my condition at the time. What led me to this point? How did I manage my daily activities in ...


Half Empty Or Half Full?: Sociological Self-Explorations Of An Aspiring Realist, Ryan J. Canillas Jan 2011

Half Empty Or Half Full?: Sociological Self-Explorations Of An Aspiring Realist, Ryan J. Canillas

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

In this paper I use various sociological concepts and studies in order to understand why I tend to be more of a pessimist than an optimist. I explore various different aspects of my life through both micro- and macro-lenses in order to find the causes of my outlook on life. Before this, I had never really looked at myself at a deep sociological level. I never really thought about how I am and why I am until the writing of this paper. My biggest worry is that I may not be able to change myself, let alone the world. I ...


Beyond A Lifetime Of Comparison: A Sociological Self-Exploration Of Body Image Obsession, Michaela Volpe Jan 2011

Beyond A Lifetime Of Comparison: A Sociological Self-Exploration Of Body Image Obsession, Michaela Volpe

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

“People who benefit most from writing about their traumas change the ways in which they focus on the trauma from day to day” (Pennebaker 2004:101). This essay is a project towards acceptance and change. I look at my seemingly life-long struggle with my body image from different angles. I explore how societal demand and familial modeling play a role in body image dissatisfaction and eating disorders. Using micro- and macro-sociological concepts and theories, insightful journal articles, books and movies, I dissect my obsession and investigate its origin.


A Girl Amongst Men: A Sociological Analysis Of My Identity Formation And The Creation Of My Personal Feminine Ideal, Ann Barnes Jan 2011

A Girl Amongst Men: A Sociological Analysis Of My Identity Formation And The Creation Of My Personal Feminine Ideal, Ann Barnes

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Adolescence is normally a period of self-discovery, experimentation and identity formation. It can also be a period of significant turmoil and alienation. My adolescence was spent trying to navigate relationships in an all male household; my parents divorced when I was young, leaving me as the only female in a home with my father and two brothers. As the only female, I often felt alienated; I was considered an “outsider” in many situations. This “outsider” label led to other negative labels; not feminine enough, not obedient enough, basically not good enough and my self-image suffered. It was not until the ...


Shattering A Looking Glass Self: Building An Applied Sociological Imagination, Melanie Maxham Jan 2011

Shattering A Looking Glass Self: Building An Applied Sociological Imagination, Melanie Maxham

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

This essay started as an exploration of my relationship with two brothers and their challenges in life due to current child support enforcement laws. However, through the process, it transformed into an analysis of the profound impact of the death of a parent on other family relationships. Growing up in an addictive family system shaped my life. Through reading about micro and macro sociological theories I have continued the process of self-discovery that began slowly a few years ago.


The Race Against Oneself: Opening Up To Overachievement Using A Sociological Imagination, Iris M. Rivas Jan 2011

The Race Against Oneself: Opening Up To Overachievement Using A Sociological Imagination, Iris M. Rivas

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

This article focuses on the inner struggles that the author dealt with growing up as an overachiever. Drawing from readings in the textbook, Inside Social Life, co-edited by Spencer Cahill and Kent Sandstrom, and James W. Pennebaker’s Opening Up, she highlights past experiences to provide clarity on these struggles. She describes how and when the overachieving mindset was manifested, and explores the ethno racial and self-esteem issues she faced in her personal growth and social development.


An Exploration Of The X-Rated World And Its Related Consequences, Rose Bautista Jan 2011

An Exploration Of The X-Rated World And Its Related Consequences, Rose Bautista

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

This paper explores how the widespread use of pornography came to be. It starts with exploring how our bodies influence our genders and that our genders shape our sexuality and finally how we interact with the opposite sex. The paper investigates how expectations for a certain gender can have a direct influence on our relationships with the opposite sex. It stresses that to have a healthy relationship is to have a healthy understanding of sex by gaining information about our body, gender, and sexuality from reliable sources. The investigation touches upon the reasons why individuals cannot obtain reliable information, perhaps ...


“Getting Stupid To Avoid”: My And Society’S Avoidance Problem With Driving While Drunk, Jennifer Cervantes Jan 2011

“Getting Stupid To Avoid”: My And Society’S Avoidance Problem With Driving While Drunk, Jennifer Cervantes

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

In this paper, using various sociological concepts and the sociological imagination as a conceptual framework, I explore avoidance as both a personal trouble as well as a public issue. As one of my close high-school friends passed away due to a drinking and driving incident, I started to examine some of his, my, and my friends’ reactions to the problem of drunken driving. I questioned many things and ultimately questioned myself about why I took the same approach they took toward the public issue. Avoidance of problems and situations that involve unwanted emotions was a personal problem that not only ...


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 19 - 2010, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2010

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 19 - 2010, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 18 - 2009, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2009

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 18 - 2009, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 16 - 2007, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2007

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 16 - 2007, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 17 - 2007, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2007

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 17 - 2007, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 14 - 2006, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2006

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 14 - 2006, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 15 - 2006, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2006

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 15 - 2006, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 13 - 2005, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2005

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 13 - 2005, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 12 - 2005, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2005

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 12 - 2005, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 11.5 - 2004, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2004

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 11.5 - 2004, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 11 - 2003-2004, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2003

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 11 - 2003-2004, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.


The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 10 - 2002-2003, University Of Massachusetts Boston Jan 2002

The Watermark: A Journal Of The Arts - Vol. 10 - 2002-2003, University Of Massachusetts Boston

The Watermark: A Journal of the Arts (1993-ongoing)

No abstract provided.