Self and Society
While studying medicine, I suffered from mental health problems that required treatment. My doctor told me they needn’t stop me pursuing my dream.
When it comes to self-advocacy, we talk a good game. We tell patients to ask questions, to seek clarification when they don’t understand the answers, and to make sure their values and goals are part of the discussion.
This exceedingly bizarre election has made one thing very clear: many people are not happy. In fact, many seem quite angry. Now, for a sizable portion of our country, add depressed or scared.
New research suggests a crucial factor in someone’s decisions to act in a socially responsible manner is how much they believe their actions make a difference.
Hanging out. It seems like a trivial term. A time-waster. Something that young people do, perhaps, before they grow up and begin useful lives with adult responsibilities. But since the peer support team at Austin State Hospital (ASH) converted the old client library into a lounge, my perspective on hanging out has changed. The idea Read more
Reading what other people are feeling is an important skill that helps us navigate conflicts, deepen relationships, and negotiate effectively. So what’s the best way to approach this?
Like life itself, technologies evolve. So it is that the telephone became the smartphone, that near-at-hand portal to the information superhighway. We have held these powerful devices in the palms of our hands for the better part of a decade now, but there is a palpable sense that in recent years something has shifted, that Read more
A pervasive sense of shame makes many of us—particularly in America—feel unworthy of human connection. Why the shame?
Our drinking and drugging have impacted every aspect of our life. Many of us drank up jobs, our families, friends and royally screwed up our self-esteem. Now that we’re in recovery, how do we work on the self-esteem part of sobriety?
New research looking at events ranging from college football games to US elections shows that our predictions about others are less accurate when we have information about the groups they belong to.
“We’re BFF’s but if you ever have problems with me, keep them to yourself.” A fair-weather friends is there when things are going well for you, but disappears during your rough patches. A clear-weather friend is there as long as it’s smooth sailing, but if you ever want to process a disagreement, suddenly you’re the Read more