Last week’s annual workshop of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) Network in New York City featured the presentation of an award (posthumously) to Jean Baker Miller, M.D., a visionary psychiatrist, social activist, and co-founder of relational-cultural theory (RCT).
RCT (link here) holds that:
Growth-fostering relationships are a central human necessity. Chronic disconnection, whether on an interpersonal or societal scale, is a primary source of human suffering.
The Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women is devoted to transformational personal growth and social justice, building its programs around an RCT model.
Five Good Things
Dr. Miller boiled her core ideas down to a set of “Five Good Things” that empower people in growth-fostering relationships:
1. A sense of zest or well-being that comes from connecting with another person or other persons.
2. The ability and motivation to take action in the relationship as well as other situations.
3. Increased knowledge of oneself and the other person(s).
4. An increased sense of worth.
5. A desire for more connections beyond the particular one.
So here’s the question: Does your organization nurture these qualities? To further explore this subject, you might take a look at these posts:
- NWI’s “Eightfold Path” to a Psychologically Healthy Workplace (drawing heavily on relational-cultural theory)
- Typing Your Workplace Culture (by RCT psychologists Linda Hartling and Elizabeth Sparks)
For a short report on last week’s HumanDHS workshop: