*Make sure to read part 1!* --- "Okay, so strengths aren't just about being good at something, they're also about how hard you work..." Right. Seems like they've got the main point here, that talent doesn't do much for you if you're not willing to put a lot of effort into it. Seems like we've … Continue reading The Problem With Helping People, Part 2
"I want to help people." I quietly chuckle to myself a little bit every time somebody says it. If only they knew how many times a week I heard those exact words. So, I usually ask them to explain what they mean by 'helping people.' "Hmm. I haven't thought too much about that. I just … Continue reading The Problem With Helping People, Part 1
How do you make important decisions? I’ve been reminded in my visits with students recently of the difficulty that can be a part of making big decisions. I’ve also been reminded that when working with people struggling with a choice between two or more alternatives, each with clear benefits and drawbacks, it can be challenging … Continue reading Embracing Fear Makes For Better Decisions
Emotions are a subject of considerable importance in most therapy settings. It's pretty hard to do any kind of useful therapy without bringing emotions into the picture in some way. Traditionally, this equates to the old standby that therapy is just talking about your feelings. Although this is partly true, it would be a great … Continue reading Depression: Inward Anger?
One of the final classes of my degree - the long, painful, exceedingly expensive (okay, also purposeful and rewarding) last 2 years of my life - is an introductory course on addictive disorders, their treatment, and the pharmacology of substance use. While dark, disturbing, and downright depressing, the subject matter is also curiously intriguing and … Continue reading Addict for a Day: Inside AA