The Ash Point Center is engaged in an ongoing project regarding the nature of Hope in our current American culture. Building on the international project regarding the nature and enactment of freedom (and the escape from freedom) in Eastern Europe during the collapse of the Soviet Union (Bergquist and Weiss, Freedom, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1992), the Ash Point Center is exploring how Hope can be both an energizing and sustaining force in modern (and postmodern) society and how it can lead to despair and disillusionment when crushed.
Thriving: The Aftermath of Surviving a Stroke
The Ash Point Center is engaged in a project that builds on the successful study of stroke survivors (Bergquist, McLean, Koblinski, Stroke Survivors, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1992). This second study concerns the ability and willingness of those who survived a stroke to move beyond and build upon their identity as stroke survivors. How does a stroke survivor reframe her identity and become someone who works with others who have had strokes or who becomes an advocate for broader issues regarding health care, disabilities, and the human capacity to heal?
The Human Spectrum
The Ash Point Center is preparing a book on multiple dimensions of human personality, building on the insightful work done by Karen Horney, Carl Jung and Will Schutz. Three fundamental dimensions of human behavior are identified regarding reactions to anxiety and fear, as well as orientation to other people. Three other blends of these dimensions are identified and described. The Human Spectrum project is closely aligned with the Center for Personal and Organizational Assessment and the personality-related inventories created by this Center.