In our current pharmaceutical-based culture, we forget that how we feel, our “moods” are strongly shaped by relationship dynamics. This holds true even for depression. Here’s a case that shows how this works.
Therapists tend to be good at being kind and patient with difficult people and they know how to put up with their patients’ demanding and outrageous behavior. Too often the demand for good manners persuades therapists to compromise their integrity in the attempt to maintain the relationship and to make their patients feel worthwhile. But compromising integrity interferes with the effectiveness of therapeutic work.
We hope you enjoy this rather charming post from The School of Life. The author, Alain de Botton, illustrates how our unconscious wounds from childhood can show up later in […]
Check out this item from Bill Wurtzel’s “Funny Food” collection. Bill is a good friend of ours, and a hugely creative guy. Here’s one of his latest:
Amy: When my friend Jerry Clements showed me this cartoon today, I absolutely fell apart laughing. I felt like my psyche was on display. “How did they know?” I asked […]
We’ve got a new feature on our blog. It’s called “Ask Amy & Dave”. It’s designed for our readers to ask questions about their own relationships, or any relationship of […]
Wishing All Our Readers Peace, Love and Courage for this New Year. Let’s keep the arts–and the art of relationship– alive! Please enjoy this poem by W.S. Merwin, from his […]
Originally posted on George Lakoff:
Without knowing it, many Democrats, progressives and members of the news media help Donald Trump every day. The way they help him is simple: they spread his message. Think about it: every time Trump issues a mean tweet or utters a shocking statement, millions of people begin to obsess over his words. Reporters make it…
On this Thanksgiving day, please enjoy this poem by Mary Oliver, reminding us to notice the beauty in everyday life. Mindful By Mary Oliver Every day I see or […]
Here’s a small morsel to chew on from D.K. about the “Anatomy of An Affair”: The woman’s toughness fits in with my story of the princess and the frog. However in her case it sounds like the threat to throw him against the wall became a pattern of behavior that neutralized the possibility of being peers. She was the supervisor. Sex […]
Check out this hilarious piece from the satirical rag The Onion. They discuss the growing “problem” of Youthful Tendency Disorder (YTD) and what can be done about it. Here’s a […]