Strengthening IDENTITY | Preserving INTEGRITY | Advocating PARITY
Carl Jung introduced us to the concept of shadow, a state that invigorates the self but also scares us to death. How do we reconcile the self we wear each day, that pleasing, ever agreeable self to our shadow? What do we get for exploring those dark corners of our psyche? Maybe this essay will help us to soldier on.
What’s the difference between these two concepts? Most of us have been acquisitive in our development of knowledge within our field. We know something, we understand something. But when does this cross over to wisdom? Read on.
Trauma is a gift given to us all in the course of our lives. Statisticians will say with a long life, you might have five or six significant traumas. How do we survive all of this? The cliché is that trauma makes us stronger. Not so, it’s what we do with the experience that actually makes us stronger. It’s the aftermath that counts. Give it some thought.
Criticism is the monster in the closet. We all overreact to negative feedback and dismiss the positive. Not good odds and not good math. If we give power to the one who objects and ignore the 20 who agree, we are overweighting the negation. Read on.
Taking an educative role with our clients, we can increase their accuracy in recognizing when they are making errors in perception of the many situations that present themselves on a daily basis. Using this tool, helping them to discover their biases will truly change their minds.
How can we aid clients in dealing with their worst enemy? Especially when their worst enemy is themselves and the perspective they have of themselves. This creative approach to changing the image of the threatening perception to one manageable by not banished. We need those images to help us recognize real problems, but not stop us in our tracks.
Traditional folk and fairy tales are a means of communicating social values within a group. This article focuses on the use of those stories as a vehicle in group therapy to offer alternative ways of dealing with the stresses in life. Within a session, a folk tale was read and discussed as a means of addressing problems the group members were experiencing. Read on for the effects from this type of interaction.
Within the context of a book, a client might find that character who approaches a crisis in a way they admire. Stories can give us a chance to see how things might turn out differently. Reading allows us to try on alternative lifestyles and see if they might fit. They might also read about thoughts or feelings that they have but find it impossible to express. Novels show us our own and others reality and may be useful as dialogue in psychotherapy.
Narrative therapy has many merits and helping a patient 'see' behavior or personality characteristics that they either can't comprehend or have yet to try on for size can be well worth the price of admission. Sometimes a discussion brought forth by the client about a recent movie can be
a peek into their psyche. What character did he identify with? Which plot theme reminded him of his own life. What turn of events created a memory surge? Read on for more ideas on the use of cinema in therapy.
Many of us have had losses that need to be addressed but often feel our clients are suffering also and therefore need us. So how do we grieve while being present in the workplace? Here are some coping strategies for self care and opportunities to grieve.
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