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Exploring the performing art of living
Mark O'Connell LCSW-R
Self-doubt can help us to connect more deeply with others as well as ourselves.
Can the toxic divide in America be bridged? Here are some tips from a therapist on how to listen to the other side, one person at a time, on social media.
Can the toxic divide in America be bridged? Here are some tips from a therapist on how to take action toward healing, one relationship at a time—at least on social media.
Can the toxic divide in America be bridged? Here are some tips from a therapist on how to navigate our national dysfunction, one relationship at a time--at least on social media.
An invitation for all BIPOC mental health pros to pitch a new blog or article to Psychology Today. Or to write guest pieces on my blog: email me at MarkOtherapy@gmail.com
Internalized homophobia is our greatest obstacle as queer people.
In this open letter to my younger self, I describe how the art of acting saved my life, and how “coming out” is not a single event, but a lifelong process of playing many roles.
Here are some practical tips to help you "audition" potential psychotherapists.
My experience as an actor prepares me to engage in a collaborative, creative, and empathic process with all of my "scene partners."
The greatest challenge for each half of a couple, is to walk in the emotional shoes of our partner. Here's a short and sweet tool to help you do just that.
To move beyond our sexist culture we must look inward, acknowledge the ways we have caused harm to our sisters (and brothers), and initiate dialogue.
Just as same sex couples have done for decades, we can all—yes, straight people too—create our own events, rituals, and celebrations, completely on our own terms.
A conversation with therapist and author Michael Dale Kimmel about open and monogamous marriage, for gay men and for us all.
An interview with LGBTQ+ activists Dior Vargas and Cole Ledford.
An interview with Jillian Weiss of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and Calvin Stowell of DoSomething.org.
An interview with GLSEN (creating safe schools for all, regardless of orientation or identity) and The Hetrick-Martin Institute (a safe space for LGBT youth and families).
An interview with David Bond, Vice President of Programs at The Trevor Project, and Shoko Morikawa, Crisis Counselor Supervisor at Crisis Text Line.
A psychotherapy vignette about navigating traditional milestones as a gay man.
HBO's "Big Little Lies" showed women being compassionate toward one another, even as their world conspired to make them enemies.
No matter what your politics are, it is in the best interest of our collective mental health to protect all of our students, not just some of them.
The exemplary relationship practices the Obamas shared with each other and the world, is a rare and valuable form of leadership that we benefitted from on a daily basis.
Studies show that empathy, generosity, and altruism can lead to a healthier, happier, and longer life. So, let's offer it up to our fellow Americans: old, new, and aspiring.
We can encourage our children to play, and to express themselves fully, without having to blame others when they don't get their way.
Much as same-sex couples have been doing for years, straight spouses-to-be are now creating weddings that reveal who they are as individuals and as a pair.
How can we get through Thanksgiving without harming anyone or being harmed? We must keep our expectations low, and our goals specific. Try to connect over being right.
Ken Corbett's "A Murder Over a Girl," is a must-read psychological diagnosis of our current political and cultural climate.
America is about freedom and opportunity for all, not just a few.
Psychotherapy offers relational support that is crucial to our emotional wellbeing, no matter who or how old we are.
Actors, and all artists, develop their own voices so as to inspire the voices of other people. And in that sense, one can practice their artistic craft in everything they do.
The more diversity of characters and actors we see on our stages and screens, the more opportunities we can create for identification and empathy between one another.
Mark O'Connell, LCSW-R, is a psychotherapist in private practice and the author of the books The Performing Art of Therapy and Modern Brides & Modern Grooms.