In graduate school, I had the interesting experience of working with Bruno Bettelheim at his then world-famous Orthogenic School. Bettelheim has received much posthumous bad press, some of it personal--allegations of physical abuse--and much of it professional--his idea that autism was caused by what he called an emotionally cold “refrigerator mother.”
One of the things I do in life is talk to strangers whenever I have any inkling of a possible human connection, however momentary. These acts feel precious and a little subversive. Yesterday I experienced two in a row that were so meaningful I decided to risk the embarrassment for the hope of inspiring others to join me.
Cyberbullying words can cut and oftentimes the victim feels alone, scared, anxious, depressed and like there's no one who understands them. Although cyberbullying doesn't directly inflict physical harm it does cut psychologically. Sometimes it leaves scars that don't heal.
Some of you might be wondering, “My partner is selfish, mean, stubborn, nagging, needy, distant narcissistic, smelly, snores, sucks her teeth (check all that apply) and my relationship is in trouble. Am I on the road to becoming a gay divorceé?”
I review the premise of Craig Nakken's Reclaim Your Family from Addiction, that four fundamental drives guide our behavior, and in order of descending importance, they are the drives for connection, meaning, pleasure, and power. In addiction, pleasure and power take precedence over meaning, and recovery requires a restoration of proper priorities.
When someone criticizes you, how can you figure out whether to accept it or reject it? With help from leadership legend John Maxwell, Life Coach Dr. Susan Biali, MD demonstrates a practical and compellingly simple framework for evaluating negative feedback.
Twitter content is made up of a combination of personal, "this is what I 'm doing and where I am," messages, informational or educational messages, and pure commercial or business related tweets. A study concluded that 40.5% of the messages were "pointless babble."
Gratitude is a key element for a happy life. People who cultivate gratitude get a boost in happiness and optimism, feel more connected to other people, are better-liked and have more friends, are more likely to help others—they even sleep better and have fewer headaches.
Several studies have pointed to people's smartphone addictions. "The Power of Slow" author Christine Louise Hohlbaum looks at her own iPhone behavior and takes on the five-week No iPhone Zone challenge.
Dr. Rettenberg's response to my post on being yourself rather than what you think other people want you to be makes several excellent points, all of which focus on what it means to "be yourself"—and there may be more to that than you think.
Last Friday, thirty-two-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian citizen with an apparently privileged education and background, allegedly massacred at least sixty-eight teenagers at a political youth camp located on a tiny island just off the coast of Norway. Norwegians have suddenly lost their innocence. Evil is undeniably now openly in their midst.