Year: 2017

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New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Seems a little facile. I’m more for making resolutions whenever… meaning thinking about life and my direction. George Yancy’s Dear White America article below helped me to pause and think about all the “ism’s” in the world and in our lives. He confronts the reality of racism in all white […]

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Books about Death…Morbid or Uplifting?

Andrew Solomon had written an eloquent and moving piece in the New York Times Book Review about books dealing with death. The New York Times commented “To say that books about death are morbid may seem a truism, but of course, most books are about death. They deal directly or indirectly with the contrasting temporality of […]

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Therapists as scout or soldier

As a therapist and learner: are you a soldier or a scout? Sometimes our training encourages us to be better soldiers; to see our clients and the world in a particular way and to validate and enforce that perception. As an alternative, Julia Galef encourages “scout mind”. A good Scout is curious, open-minded and well […]

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Remembering Michael Stone

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller – I first met Michael around 2005. I received a call from a young man. He said he would like to talk about the possibility of presenting a workshop about mindfulness for Leading Edge Seminars. At […]

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RECOVERING FROM GRIEF

In the aftermath of her husband’s sudden and unexpected death during a vacation, Shery Sandberg turned to her friend Adam Grant (a psychologist and researcher who studies how people find motivation and meaning) for advice on how to talk to her children. She writes: “We can start by showing children that they matter. Sociologists define […]

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Meeting the popular demand for meditation training… SAFELY!

As personal meditation apps become more popular and more affordable, more and more people are learning to meditate on their own. After talking to neuroscientists, Bob McDonald recently discovered meditation isn’t a cure all and for some it can be harmful. And it can come down to something as simple as your meditation state and […]

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If You Are Thinking of “Firing” A BPD Client

Borderline Personality Disorder is notoriously difficult to treat. Not only has it been poorly understood, specific traits of this disorder can make clients particularly resistant to treatment in the first place. No wonder then, that survivor and advocate for BPD Lisa Waters writes: “It’s not uncommon for people diagnosed with BPD to be “fired” by […]

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The Internet, Your Clients and You

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat argues “online life breeds narcissism, alienation and depression, that it’s an opiate for the lower classes and an insanity-inducing influence on the politically-engaged, and that it takes more than it gives from creativity and deep thought” in this article. I was glad to see this though I’m not in total agreement. What’s […]

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Michael responds to “My Misgivings About Advice” by Parker Palmer

Reading “My Misgivings About Advice” by Parker Palmer (click here for full article or see below), I was both appreciative and shaken. Appreciative because I know there is much truth in Parker’s commentary: our clients often arrive fully equipped with their own ideas about what ails them and the available strategies to best manage their distress. They […]

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Is it time for a brain tune-up

The latest research about neuroscience has taken hold and is influencing popular culture and therapy. This article about “brain tune-ups” presents further evidence about the value of neuroscience and I’m sure we will continue to see similar articles in the media and scientific journals. We are proud to have speakers like Sebern Fisher and Ed Hamlin […]