This past week I was contacted by a Greenwood High School student reporting on school safety for their newspaper. She sought my opinions about mental illness within the high school population and my thoughts about the Parkland shooting. My first thoughts were, I’m exhausted from a week of seeing clients in my private practice and
Remember when your science teacher taught you that an atom is the smallest unit of matter that contains the properties of an element? In social psychology, we look to J.L. Moreno who taught that the smallest unit of humankind is not self, but the social atom: self + essential relationships. No man is an island.
Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Tennessee where I interned with Onsite’s Living Centered Program. I am always amazed at the personal transformations that occur in such a brief time on that campus. Fifty or so strangers from around the world—most following a long day of travel—arrive on that first evening feeling awkward,
“I forgive myself.” Stop here. Think for a second. What does that sentence mean to you? We were in a conversation with Denver Daughter when she pointed out to us that when we say to her, “Jessica, you have to forgive yourself,” it might not mean to her what it means to us. “My perfectionism,”
Fear is a core emotion we all experience. It’s neither good nor bad. By design, it protects us, but can also paralyze us. It may provide the physical energy we need to fight or take flight. A quick survey of our Monday group, Freedom To Be, revealed a myriad of fears: heights, public speaking, dogs,