Linda Hartling, Ph.D.

A world without humiliation
dignifies us all!

Linda's Profile
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award

September 18, 2010
Linda Hartling received the
Association for Creativity in Counseling
Research Award
!
CONGRATULATIONS!
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Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D.
Director


Life & Work

Linda Margaret Hartling, Ph.D., is the HumanDHS Director, and also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Core Team, HumanDHS Global Coordinating Team, HumanDHS Research Team, and HumanDHS Education Team. She is furthermore the Editor of the Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (JHDHS).

Until November 3, 2008, Linda was the Associate Director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) at the Stone Center, which is part of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. Dr. Hartling is a member of the JBMTI theory-building group advancing the practice of the Relational-Cultural Theory, which is a new model of psychological development. In addition, Dr. Hartling coordinates and contributes to training programs, publications, and special projects for the JBMTI. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical/community psychology and has published papers on resilience, substance abuse prevention, shame and humiliation, relational practice in the workplace, and Relational-Cultural Theory.

Dr. Hartling is co-editor of The Complexity of Connection: Writings from the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Stone Center (2004) and author of the Humiliation Inventory, a scale to assess the internal experience of derision and degradation.

Linda is the recipient of the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award. Please see the Video and Powerpoint presentation of Evelin Lindner's announcment of the recipient of the 2015 HumanDHS "Half"-Lifetime Achievement Award, Linda Hartling!
If you feel called, and have not already done so, it would be great to have also your birthday wishes for dear Linda on her birthday page! She turned 60 at the end of December 2015.

 

Publications, Presentations & Articles


Please see Introductory Videos created by Linda Hartling:
•  Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, created on October 10, 2015, for the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 3 – 4, 2015.
•  Dignilogue: An Introduction to Dignity + Dialogue, created on 31th May 2015 for the 2015 Kigali Conference
•  Greetings to All (short version), created on 16h April 2013 for the 2013 South Africa Conference
•  Greetings to All (long version), created on 16h April 2013 for the 2013 South Africa Conference
•  Welcome to Everybody, created on 12th August 2012 for the 2012 Norway Conference
•  Our Open Space Dignilogue Format, created on 12th August 2012 for the 2012 Norway Conference

•  Please see also the videos on our Appreciative Frame, created by Linda Hartling:
- Appreciative Enquiry 4, a video that was recorded on May 27, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Linda Hartling, for the 25th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, in Kigali, Rwanda, 2nd - 5th June 2015.
- Our Appreciative Frame 3, a video created in December 2014 (see also Pdf), for the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 4–5, 2014.
- Appreciative Enquiry 2, a video that was uploaded onto YouTube on August 11, 2012, in preparation of the 19th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 27th-30th August 2012, in Oslo, Norway.
- Appreciative Enquiry 1, a video that was recorded on October 30, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Evelin Lindner, for the World Dignity University initiative.

 

Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner in Dignilogue on the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination of Our Dignity Work, December 3, 2015 (Link to Nobel Peace Prize nomination page | Video | Powerpoint | see also Pdf 2014)
Evelin Lindner and Linda Hartling contributed to the Public Event on the afternoon of December 3, 2015, at the 12th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, which took place at Columbia University in New York City, December 3 - 4, 2013. Linda Hartling is the Director of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network. Evelin Lindner is the founding president of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network and she explains the background of, and the intentions behind the Nobel Peace Prize. See also her reflections on her 2015 nomination, and meet the inspirer of the prize, Bertha von Suttner. We very much thank Gabriela Saab for the video-taping!

A Global Dignilogue with Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner, Honoring the Message of Alfred Nobel and Bertha von Suttner, December 3, 2015 (Link to Nobel Peace Prize nomination page | Video | Powerpoint | see also Pdf 2014)
Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner engaged in a Dignilogue (Dignity + Dialogue), on the morning of December 3, 2015, at the 12th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, which took place at Columbia University in New York City, December 3 - 4, 2015. Linda Hartling is the Director of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network. Evelin Lindner is the founding president of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network and she explains the background of, and the intentions behind the Nobel Peace Prize. See also her reflections on her 2015 nomination, and meet the inspirer of the prize, Bertha von Suttner. We very much thank Gabriela Saab for the video-taping!

 
Reflections on the 25th Dignity Conference in Rwanda in 2015
This report of the 25th Dignity Conference was written by Evelin Lindner in June and Linda Hartling was able to it cut down from 60 confidential pages to 20 public non-confidential pages. We have received clearance of the conference hosts, the Rwandan Commission of Reconciliation (NURC) and Emmanuel Ndahihama, to publish the final version on our website. We have reason to believe that also the President of Rwanda will read it most attentively.
 
A Global Digniloguewith Evelin Lindner and Linda Hartling (Pdf | Video)
A dignilogue (dignity + dialogue) shared at the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 4-5, 2014.
 
Linda M. Hartling, co-authored with Evelin G. Lindner, and Michael Britton, and Ulrich Spalthoff
International Day of Democracy: The Contribution of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Network (see also here, listen to Evelin Lindner reading the article)
In Global Education Magazine, Nr. 5, Special Issue, "International Day of Democracy," 2013 (ISSN 1155 - 033X), invited by Javier Collado, Director of Edition of Global Education Magazine, a humanistic and educational magazine supported by the Regional Office of Latinamerica and the Caribbean of UNESCO and UNHCR. The initiative started after the most voted proposal on Rio+20. The Global Education Magazine promotes complex thinking as a way to achieve a holistic understanding of the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations (MDG) by the world-society, creating a horizontal dissemination of the knowledge, where teachers, Nobel Prizes, volunteers, UN workers, students, etc. could share their reflections in a common space. See their academical philosophy, ISSN 2255-033X.
 
Linda M. Hartling, co-authored with Evelin G. Lindner, and Michael Britton, and Ulrich Spalthoff (2013)
Beyond Humiliation: Toward Learning That Dignifies the Lives of All People
By Linda M. Hartling, Evelin G. Lindner, Michael F. Britton, and Ulrich J. Spalthoff
In: Gary P. Hampson, Matthew Rich-Tolsma (Eds.), Leading Transformative Higher Education Volume Two: Studies, Reflections, Questions, which forms the second volume of a three volume series titled Leadership in Transformation of Worldview and Higher Education, chapter 8, pp. 134-146, Olomouc, Czech Republic: Palacký University Olomouc Press, 2013.
ISBN: 978-80-244-3918-1
 
Human Dignity, Humiliation and Violent Conflict - Interview with Dr. Evelin Lindner and Dr. Linda Hartling
The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) Radio is dedicated to promote positive interaction among people of different ethnicities and religious persuasions, and to increase tolerance, understanding and acceptance through programming that informs, educates, engages, mediates, and heals.
Tziporah Pronman interviewed Evelin Lindner and Linda Hartling on December 4, 2013, upon invitation by Basil Ugorji.
 
How to Dialogue and Why: S. M. Miller (January 25, 2013)
One of the most important skills we can develop as educators, organizers, leaders, and peace workers is the ability to initiate and facilitate mutually-dignifying dialogue! S. M. Miller dedicated his life to advancing this crucial skill as a community organizer and consultant to programs around the globe. Mike Miller coined the phrase verdict thinking, and Linda Hartling the phrase let-it-flow thinking.
 
Linda M. Hartling, co-authored with Christina Clark (2013)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Environmental Summit, May 9-11, 2013, Portland, Oregon.
 

Linda M. Hartling, co-authored with Evelin G. Lindner, and Michael Britton, and Ulrich Spalthoff (2013)
Humiliation: A Nuclear Bomb of Emotions?
In Psicología Política, Número 46, Mayo 2013, pp. 55-76.
This is a monograph on political psychology in Europe, compiled by J. Francisco Morales, monograph coordinator, and Adela Garzón, main editor of Psicología Política.

 
Linda M. Hartling (2013)
Greetings to All (long version), video created on 16h April 2013 for the 21st Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 24th-27th April 2013, in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Greetings to All (short version), video created on 16h April 2013 for the 21st Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 24th-27th April 2013, in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
 
Linda M. Hartling, co-authored with Evelin G. Lindner (2013)
Healing Humiliation: From Reaction to Creative Action
In: Journal of Counseling and Development (JCD), Special Section focussing on Relational Cultural Theory.
•  Abstract: In the midst of a confluence of global crises, feelings of humiliation are intensified. Local and global crises force individuals, communities, and nations to struggle with demoralizing disconnections and deprivations. Counselors and other clinicians are the social-psychological paramedics and healers on the front lines of suffering during these turbulent times. This paper explores how the dynamics of humiliation are coming to the forefront of concern at home and around the world. It will offer an analysis that places humiliation within a relational framework, identifying three categories of humiliation: (1) internal experience, (2) external interactions, and (3) systemic social conditions. It will examine the impact of humiliation using a case example that illustrates how counselors can lead clients out of destructive reactions into creative action.
 
Linda M. Hartling, co-authored with Evelin G. Lindner (first draft 2012)
Healing Humiliation: From Reaction to Creative Action
Accepted by the Journal of Counseling and Development (JCD), Special Section focussing on Relational Cultural Theory.
•  Abstract, draft 2012: In the midst of a confluence of global crises, feelings of humiliation are intensified. Local and global crises force individuals, communities, and nations to struggle with demoralizing disconnections and deprivations. Counselors and other clinicians are the social-psychological paramedics and healers on the front lines of suffering during these turbulent times. This paper explores how the dynamics of humiliation are coming to the forefront of concern at home and around the world. It will offer an analysis that places humiliation within a relational framework, identifying three categories of humiliation: (1) internal experience, (2) external interactions, and (3) systemic social conditions. It will examine the impact of humiliation using a case example that illustrates how counselors can lead clients out of destructive reactions into creative action.
 

Linda M. Hartling (2012)
• 01 Greetings! An Introduction to Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
Linda Hartling gives an introduction to Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies. See also its World Dignity University initiative. This video was uploaded onto YouTube on July 12, 2012, in preparation of the 19th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 27th-30th August 2012, in Oslo, Norway.

• 02 Presenting the Frame of Appreciative Enquiry
Appreciative Enquiry is an approach to global collaboration developed by and for the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network and the World Dignity University. This video was uploaded onto YouTube on August 11, 2012, in preparation of the 19th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 27th-30th August 2012, in Oslo, Norway.

• 03 Introducing the Open Space Format to the HumanDHS Network
This is a brief introduction to the Open Space format. This video was uploaded onto YouTube on August 15, 2012, in preparation of the 19th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 27th-30th August 2012, in Oslo, Norway.

 
Linda Hartling, co-authored with Ulrich Spalthoff and Evelin G. Lindner (2011)
Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies: A Global Network Advancing Dignity Through Dialogue
In: Policy Futures in Education, 9 (1, Special Issue: The Council of Europe's White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue), pp. 66-73.
and in: Besley, Tina and Michael Peters (Eds.) (2011), Interculturalism, Education and Dialogue, New York, Peter Lang.
 
Linda M. Hartling (2011)
• 01 Linda Hartling: A Portrait
In this video clip Linda Hartling presents herself. She is being introduced by Evelin Lindner. The clip was recorded on October 28, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Annette Engler, for the World Dignity University (WDU) initiative.

• 02 Relational-Cultural Theory
"Relational-Cultural Theory" is a video clip that was recorded on October 30, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Evelin Lindner, for the World Dignity University initiative.
In this brief video presentation, Linda Hartling shares her work with Jean Baker Miller. Until November 3, 2008, Linda was the Associate Director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) at the Stone Center, which is part of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. Dr. Hartling is a member of the JBMTI theory-building group advancing the practice of the Relational-Cultural Theory, which is a new model of psychological development. In addition, Dr. Hartling coordinates and contributes to training programs, publications, and special projects for the JBMTI. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical/community psychology and has published papers on resilience, substance abuse prevention, shame and humiliation, relational practice in the workplace, and Relational-Cultural Theory.
Dr. Hartling is coeditor of The Complexity of Connection: Writings from the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Stone Center (2004) and author of the Humiliation Inventory, a scale to assess the internal experience of derision and degradation.

• 03.1 Appreciative Enquiry 1, a video that was recorded on October 30, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Evelin Lindner, for the World Dignity University initiative.
• 03.2 Appreciative Enquiry 2, a video that was uploaded onto YouTube on August 11, 2012, in preparation of the 19th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 27th-30th August 2012, in Oslo, Norway.
• 03.3 Our Appreciative Frame 3, a video created in December 2014 (see also Pdf), for the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 4–5, 2014.
• 03.4 Appreciative Enquiry 4, a video that was recorded on May 27, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Linda Hartling, for the 25th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, in Kigali, Rwanda, 2nd - 5th June 2015.
In these brief video presentations, Linda Hartling shares her adaptation of the appreciative inquiry (sic) approach as it was originally developed by David Cooperrider at Case Western Reserve University. She writes August 2004 (see more on the Appreciative Enquiry or "Waging good Conflict" page on this website):
"For me our approach means daring to "move toward mutuality" in all of our efforts. I conceptualize "movement toward mutuality" as an powerful act of resistance to organizational practices that implicitly or explicitly propagate exploitation. In "Relational-Cultural-Organizational Theory" (my variation on RCT), exploitation might be called "relational-organizational malpractice" (a variation of Joyce Fletcher's term). Far too many for-profit and nonprofit organizations depend on countless forms of relational-organizational malpractice, including shameless exploitation. Whether this occurs in an organization that is working for good or not, it is still malpractice."

• 04 Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction: An Introduction by Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner
"Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction: An Introduction by Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner" is a video clip that was recorded on October 30, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner, for a course with the same title for Professor Adenrele Awotona's Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, as well as for the World Dignity University (WDU) initiative.
Course Description: Understanding the intersecting dynamics of human dignity, humiliation, and human rights in today’s world is crucial for those working in post-disaster reconstruction. Greater awareness of human rights ideals brings to the forefront the risk that post-disaster strategies and responses, once accepted and considered helpful, are perceived as deeply humiliating. This course will explore how globalization dramatically alters how we engage in helping relationships at all levels. It proposes that post-disaster reconstruction can be an opportunity to implement innovative and sustainable solutions that support the healing, health, and dignity of all involved in post-disaster recovery.

• 05 Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Evelin Lindner's Contribution
"Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Evelin Lindner's Contribution " is a video clip that was recorded on October 30, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner, for a course with the same title for Professor Adenrele Awotona's Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, as well as for the World Dignity University (WDU) initiative.
Course Description: Understanding the intersecting dynamics of human dignity, humiliation, and human rights in today’s world is crucial for those working in post-disaster reconstruction. Greater awareness of human rights ideals brings to the forefront the risk that post-disaster strategies and responses, once accepted and considered helpful, are perceived as deeply humiliating. This course will explore how globalization dramatically alters how we engage in helping relationships at all levels. It proposes that post-disaster reconstruction can be an opportunity to implement innovative and sustainable solutions that support the healing, health, and dignity of all involved in post-disaster recovery.
See the chapter by Evelin Lindner "Disasters As a Chance to Implement Novel Solutions that Highlight Attention to Human Dignity," in Awotona, Adenrele (Ed.), Rebuilding Sustainable Communities for Children and their Families after Disasters: A Global Survey, chapter 21, pp. 335-358, Proceedings of the International Conference on Rebuilding Sustainable Communities for Children and Their Families after Disasters, convened by Adenrele Awotona at the College of Public and Community Service University of Massachusetts at Boston, USA, November 16-19, 2008, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Newcastle upon Tyne), and as e-book by MyILibrary (LaVergne, TN), 2010.
 
Hartling, Linda M. (2010)
The Power of Right Relationships: Encouraging Creativity through Connection
Presentation given at the Association of Creativity in Counseling National Conference, a Division of the American Counseling Association, Portland, Oregon, September 18th, 2010.
 
Hartling, Linda M. (2010)
An Appreciative Frame: Beginning a Dialogue on Human Dignity and Humiliation
Updated introductory text prepared for "Peace at Home, Peace in the World," 15th Annual Meeting of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies in Istanbul, Türkiye, April 28-30, 2010.
 
Hartling, Linda M. and Evelin G. Lindner (2009)
Dignity or Humiliation in Economic and Monetary Systems: Toward a System of “Right Relationships,”
Paper in progress prepared for the 13th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 20 to 22, 2009.
 
Hartling, Linda M. (2007)
From Humiliation to Appreciation: Walking Toward Our Talk
Presentation at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA.
 
Hartling, Linda M. (2006)
Bykr, A. S. and B. Schneider (2002). Trust in Schools: A Core Resource for Improvement. New York, Russell Sage Foundation. Please see the notes that Linda made on this book.
 
Hartling, Linda M. (2006)
From Humiliation to Appreciation: Walking Toward Our Talk
Abstract prepared for the Second International Conference on Multicultural Discourses, 13-15th April 2007, Institute of Discourse and Cultural Studies, & Department of Applied Psychology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, as part of the 9th Annual Meeting of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies.
 
Jordan, Judith, and Hartling, Linda M. (2006)
Relationship Tips
Jean Baker Miller Training Institute.
 
Hartling, Linda M. (2005)
Humiliation: Real Pain, A Pathway to Violence
Preliminary draft of a paper prepared for Round Table 2 of the 2005 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York, December 15-16, 2005.
 
Hartling, Linda M. (2005)
Humiliation and Assistance: Telling the Truth About Power, Telling a New Story
Paper prepared for "Beyond Humiliation: Encouraging Human Dignity in the Lives and Work of All People," 5th Annual Meeting of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies in Berlin, 15th -17th September, 2005.
 
Hartling, Linda M. (2005)
An Appreciative Frame: Beginning a Dialogue on Human Dignity and Humiliation
Introductory text prepared for "Beyond Humiliation: Encouraging Human Dignity in the Lives and Work of All People," 5th Annual Meeting of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies in Berlin, 15th -17th September, 2005.
 
Hartling, Linda M. (2004)
Fostering Resilience throughout Our Lives: New Relational Possibilities. In D. Comstock (Ed.), Diversity in Development: Critical Contexts that Shape Our Lives and Relationships. Pacific Grove, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.
 
Jordan, J.V., Walker, M., & Hartling, L. M. (Ed.). (2004)
The Complexity of Connection: Writings from the Stone Center's Jean Baker Miller Training Institute.
New York: Guilford Press.
 
Hartling, Linda M. (2003)
Strengthening Resilience in a Risky World: It is All About Relationships
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Work in Progress, No. #101. Wellesley, MA: Stone Center Working Papers Series.
 
Hartling, Linda M. (2003)
Prevention Through Connection: A Collaborative Response to Women's Substance Abuse
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Work in Progress, No. #103. Wellesley, MA: Stone Center Working Papers Series.
 
Hartling, L. M., Miller, J. B., & Jordan, J.V. (2003)
An Introduction to Relational-Cultural Theory

Project Report, No. 10. Stone Center Working Papers Series.
 
Jordan, J.V., & Hartling, L.M. (2002)
New Developments in Relational-Cultural Theory. In M. Ballou & L. Brown (Eds.), Rethinking Mental Health and Disorder.
New York: Guilford Press.
 
Hartling, L.M., & Sparks, E. (2002)
Relational-Cultural Practice: Working in a Nonrelational World.

Work in Progress, No. #97. Wellesley, MA: Stone Center Working Papers Series.
 
Hartling, L.M., & Ly, J., Nassery, N., & Califa, K. (2007)
Relational References: A Selected Bibliography of Research, Theory, and Applications

Project Report #7. Wellesley, MA: Stone Center Working Papers Series.
 
Hartling, L.M., Rosen, W., Walker, M., & Jordan, J. (2000)
Shame and Humiliation: From Isolation to Relational Transformation

Work in Progress, No. 88. Wellesley, MA: Stone Center Working Paper Series.
 
Hartling, Linda M., Luchetta, Tracy (1999)
Humiliation: Assessing the Impact of Derision, Degradation, and Debasement
First published by: The Journal of Primary Prevention, 19(4): 259-278.
 
Hartling, Linda M. (1995/1996)
Humiliation: Assessing the Specter of Derision, Degradation, and Debasement
Doctoral dissertation.
Cincinnati, OH: Union Institute Graduate School.