Articles by Anthony Marsella, Ph.D

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Genocide: The Ecology of Pathways to Ending Lives and Life
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

21 May 2018 – This may be a tough read for some. It was difficult for me to write. I dislike being a Cassandra, Jeremiah, or any other voice that keeps calling attention to the many challenges ahead for humanity and for the world. And yet, it seems to me that if I do not, then somehow I have betrayed my responsibilities, duties, and obligations as professional psychologist, citizen, and human being.

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Memorial Prose Poem
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2017

Remembering JFK: Voices from a Smoldering Grave . . .

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Beware the “Cides” of July
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2017

4 Jul 2017 – Shakespeare’s oft quoted lines from Julius Caesar are well known. They are used often in conversations to remind us of the perils lurking among auspicious and inauspicious dates and places: “Beware the Ides of March.” The lines are notable for the 15th day of Caesar’s death at the hands of those he trusted, even as he alienated their friendship.

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World Order and Disorder: The “Games” and “Gambles” of Life and Lives
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Apr 2017

In a world of lawlessness, anything goes, and does! We remain in shock at the destructive events occurring across the world. Yet we too often ignore these events as consequences of the protected policies and actions of nations, individuals, private organizations, engaged in protecting their interests. Protected from harm, the perpetrators of harm are engaged in the “games” and “gambles” of world order and disorder. To what end?

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A Drinker’s Hamlet
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Oct 2016

Ah, to drink, and with our sips
To end the heartaches and the thousand natural shocks Flesh is heir to;
Nay, to refrain, and with the virtue
Therein derived,
Face the onslaught, full strength alone.
Aye, that’s the rub!

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Whose Child Is This?
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Aug 2016

Whose child is this? Is this child an Iraqi . . . an Israeli . . . a Chechnyan . . . an Afghani . . . a Kurd . . . a Nigerian? Is she or he English, Indonesian, Spanish, Lebanese, Turkish, Congolese, Bosnian, Persian? Does it matter? Is this child not a daughter or son to each of us?

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Natural and Human-Made Disasters: A Primer for Our Times ©
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2016

The word “disasters” has become much more than a word as humanity becomes aware of the numerous natural, human-made, and human-facilitated disasters in our times…. Albert Einstein, advised: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them” Albert Einstein is no longer with us, but his words remain, and demand attention. Anything less … a disaster!

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Forgotten People © – Human Lives . . .
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2016

One more traffic accident; one more headline of deaths and injuries on our roads. Daily fare now! But what sealed my mind about this accident, this human tragedy, was the anonymity of death. True, many victims will be known and remembered to those whose lives were connected — grieving spouses, crying children, perhaps distant cousins and aunts living thousands of miles away. Yet still: “Forgotten People!”

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“Tapping the Victim Syndrome!” Voters as Victims Fuel Trump’s Appeal!
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2016

Trumpism! No magic, no mystique, no charisma, no aura of invincibility! Just an astute and calculated recognition of the nation’s many discontents, assumed causes, and an appealing public persona fuel Trump’s appeal.

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The “Just Enough” Policy: Behavioral Control of Collective Protest through Minimum Reward
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jun 2014

“A society can assume unlimited diversity, as long as it provides equal access to opportunity.” It is the disproportion in opportunity, rights, and freedoms that lead to resentment, struggle, and violence.

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In Honor of the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jan 2014

Answering ML King’s call, and the call of the thousands of others who have responded to injustice in our time, will not be easy! It will add burdens to your conscience, responsibilities to your daily rounds, and threats to your safety. In answering the call, your life will not be the same.

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“Human is as Human Does:” Reflections on Human Nature
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2014

Conventional views of human nature we hold are gradually and rapidly becoming obsolete in the face of scientific, technological, and medical developments. These developments are of such proportion and consequence that they are altering human nature as we one knew it – or thought we knew it?

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A Lexicon of “War (Redux):” Does Excessive Word Use Result in a Loss of Meaning?
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2013

I must admit, as I gathered the terms, I found myself “shocked” by the widespread use of the word “war.” Was it possible that within the context of our global era, replete with its increased inter-dependencies, we had come to find the tensions of competition for resources and survival itself, pushing us toward “wars” at all levels of interactions? In my opinion, a “versus” mentality had arisen that was pitting different people, organizations, nations, and products against one another in a win-lose arena.

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“It’s the culture, stupid!”
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2013

I would like to build on this iconic utterance, that captures so much in so few words, by calling attention to the dominate sources of continued mass violence that exists in the USA today. Even as well intentioned public and private response to the Sandy Hook massacre seek solutions in highly specific policies, laws, and practices (e.g., background checks, gun registration, armed guards), these will ultimately prove insufficient, and acts of mass violence will continue. “When you go forward for revenge, dig two graves.” It “trickles down.”

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The Complex Calculus of the Permanent Unemployment Crisis: Players, Causes and Consequences
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2012

As I listen to explanations, solutions, and promises from “experts,” economists, financiers, social commentators, politicians, and also lived experiences of the unemployed, underemployed, and hopelessly unemployed, I have become convinced the complex calculus of players, causes and consequences cannot lead to a resolution – a revolution, perhaps, but not a resolution.

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Genocide: The Ecology of Pathways to Ending Lives and Life
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Nov 2012

I dislike being a Cassandra, Jeremiah, or any other voice that keeps calling attention to the many challenges ahead for humanity and for the world. And yet, it seems to me that if I do not, then somehow I have betrayed my responsibilities, duties, and obligations as professional psychologist, citizen, and human being. This article is in some ways a lament. But in other ways, it is voice in the wilderness calling for an awakening to what is occurring as we choose silence as others cry in pain and humiliation.

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People Come Into Our Lives . . .
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2012

People enter our lives at unexpected times
Changing us in profound ways . . .
A glance, a smile or frown,
A word — spoken or written —

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American Popular Culture: Socializing and Homogenizing Mind, Nation, and World
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2012

It is said that a fish does not know or recognize the water about it until it is caught and raised from the depths of its milieu so necessary for survival. It is then it may understand the essence of its survival. It seems to me that the same analogy may be applied to American citizens. We are embedded in a popular American culture to which we seem to be oblivious. Figure 1: The Socialization of American Culture, Society, and Psyche:

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The United States of America: A “Culture of Violence”
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2012

Charting a “Culture of Violence:” Causes and Consequences – As Figure 1 demonstrates, the manifestations and consequences of violent acts are extensive. This suggests the existence of a “culture of violence” that is generated, sustained, and promoted by acts that arise from individual and collective impulse and intent, and that too often find tier tolerance and approval across political, economic, educational, military, and moral policies of institutions.

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The Lexicon of Madness
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Oct 2012

My purpose in writing this commentary is to call attention to the perils of language use and abuse that characterize the “mental” health professions and the public. As the introduction of the DSM V approaches, it is essential we understand the many underlying issues that exist at this time regarding the terms professionals and the public use when referring to “mental” health problems, especially with regard to their denotative and connotative meanings.

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Lexicon of War
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Oct 2012

Overwhelmed by the endless violence and wars in our world, I wrote an email to a number of listservs where I listed a number of different adjectives preceding the word “war.” And I added a request to readers to make any additions they felt were appropriate. The email brought many replies that both suggested additions and that acknowledged the implications of the emerging “lexicon of wars.” Thus I share with you an updated and more comprehensive lexicon of wars, with a figure (in the end) that suggests a socialization process for wars.

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Consequences and Costs of War (Graphic Illustration)
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jun 2012

Reflections on the costs and consequences of war and violence.

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