Ode to Alterity (Greek Edition) [Paperback]
Dr Maria Karastergiou (Author)
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Publication Date: July 24, 2012
In the traditional, monocultural societies the motif of death and rebirth appears: death of an era, a monocultural norm, a homogeneous society, and rebirth of a new conception of the human condition, a heterogeneous, intercultural one… A world where travel, the globalised market, the influence of digital culture, … in synergy with the improvised daily lives of heteroclite people around the globe, who deviating from ordinary forms of relating create a new reality ! Everything moves with lighting speed, ever changing & contributing to bring closer people from different backgrounds, from heterogeneous origins, from diverse parts of the globe… Love succeeds to overcome the obstacles of ethnic limitations. A new energy which is not concerned by visas, doesn’t care about passe ports, flows across borders, is circulating in this new era & brings transformations. Connects people from different origins, cultures, languages & promotes the intercultural or mixed unions !!! Those people, especially their children, are the architects of a different world. They are the ambassadors of universal peace & the diplomats of universal love. The creators of a less racist, more creative, less conservative, more compassionate way of life. They follow their own paths by improvising their lives. Their creations unite different concepts, norms, values, patterns, behaviours, ideas, philosophies… Influenced both by the West as well as from the East they love change, transformation, mutations. ‘Synthesis’ is their motto. They approach life in a more universal, heterogeneous, non prejudiced, eclectic, subtle, refined way.They are the creators of a new approach of Being. Thus, in our era, we witness the beginning of a regeneration of the human race through mixture of the East with the West, the North with the South, through union of different worlds, cultures, languages, accents … Everything is changing, moving, flowing and nothing is what it appears to be…
About the Author
Dr Maria Karastergiou ever since she was young, she has been fascinated by cross-cultural issues. She has conducted numerous researches across Europe on intercultural communication, intercultural relationships, bi/multi-lingual & bi/multi-cultural parental upbringing etc. She studied Psychology, Sociology & Education in Canada (Concordia University, Bachelor) as well as in Paris (Masters & PhD, Université Paris VIII). She has written seve4ral books Being trained both as a psychologist & as an educator she has been working as a teacher (teaching psychology classes at the university) as well as a therapist. Working with people from all over the world for the last 21 years, has enriched her life. Different settings, heterogeneous languages, diverse countries, various therapeutic approaches, many teachers have contributed to the creation of her own approach. An integration of her inner guidance, professional training in psychology and intercultural unions, personal experience and research in alternative approaches to well-being and various spiritual traditions as well as a combination of psychoanalysis, Process Work, “Psychosynthesis”… Honoring diversity in all its forms she enjoys working with people from different linguistic & cultural origins. She feels privileged to accompany the unfolding, of a person’s soul & assist to its evolving. Dr Karastergiou’s specialisation is counselling for Cross-cultural issues, like : Intercultural Parental Upbringing, Effective bi/multi- cultural &/or bi/multi- lingual upbringing, Issues stemming from bi/multi-lingual and/or bi/multi-cultural upbringing, Divorce or separation issues of an intercultural or ‘mixed’ couple etc. Many people seek counseling with Dr Karastergiou for her ability to speak Greek, English & French combined with her life experiences in different countries. She travels around the world offering sessions as well as organising workshops, retreats & seminars. Experiencing different cultures has been an important part of her life path, since she has been given many opportunities throughout her life to travel and dialogue with people in many places across the globe. Many individuals living in multi-cultural situations have commented that they feel understood by Dr Karastergiou because of her direct intercultural experiences.
Paperback: 156 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 24, 2012)
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