The Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society has just issued a book-length report called Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia, edited by Anne Cooke and with contributions by service providers and service users. I highly recommend it to you. In it the contributors take a fresh look at “psychosis” and “schizophrenia,” consistently distinguish between a phenomenon (like hearing voices) and an added-on, unhelpful label for that phenomenon (like “schizophrenia”), and provide insights and resources for sufferers and those who love them. This report is available to you for free and can be accessed here: http://www.understandingpsychosis.net One of their observations is the connection between hearing voices and early childhood trauma. They explain: “We all deal with many stressful events in our lives – divorce, rejection, redundancy, bitter disappointments, bereavement and various kinds of failure. … [Read more...] about What Is Madness?
Source: Eric Maisel The following interview is part of a “future of mental health” interview series that will be running for 100+ days. This series presents different points of view about what helps a person in distress. I’ve aimed to be ecumenical and included many points of view different from my own. I hope you enjoy it. As with every service and resource in the mental health field, please do your due diligence. If you’d like to learn more about these philosophies, services, and organizations mentioned, follow the links provided. ** Interview with Charlie Heriot-Maitland on Compassion and Psychosis EM: What is compassion-focused therapy? CH: Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is not actually a distinct ‘school’ or ‘brand’ of therapy, but more a framework for focusing multi-modal interventions, which is based on evolutionary and neuroscientific understandings of the mind. In particular, CFT draws on the evolutionary understanding that … [Read more...] about Charlie Heriot-Maitland on Compassion and Psychosis
Source: Eric Maisel The following interview is part of a “future of mental health” interview series that will be running for 100+ days. This series presents different points of view about what helps a person in distress. I’ve aimed to be ecumenical and included many points of view different from my own. I hope you enjoy it. As with every service and resource in the mental health field, please do your due diligence. If you’d like to learn more about these philosophies, services, and organizations mentioned, follow the links provided. ** Interview with Olga Runciman EM: Can you tell us a little bit about the Danish Hearing Voices Network? OR: The Danish Hearing voices network has existed for a little over 10 years here in Denmark and yet it has still managed to retain its grassroots touch. We have kept it separate from mainstream, initially because it was seen as odd and harmless; ‘the ‘schizophrenics’ creating an organization for themselves … [Read more...] about Olga Runciman on the Danish Hearing Voices Network
Is ambidextrous leadership simply an updated version of the old catchphrase ‘a jack of all trades and a master of none’? In this age of specialization, is having an expanded range and repertoire more desirable than deep-domain expertise? Ambidexterity poses a fundamental challenge in the field of innovation where one size seldom fits all. It is doubtful that a master product designer of military aircraft would be equally as skilled at creating a fine dining restaurant. What constitutes effective leadership skills is typically defined by the situation. A truly ambidextrous leader would be something akin to a polymath like Leonardo da Vinci or Benjamin Franklin. Alternatively, vague conceptions of the term as an attribute of effective leadership are of limited significance because they tell us little about how such skills specifically create results. Truly ambidextrous leaders are rare. Those that fit the bill are often mythologized, like Steve Jobs. It might be more useful … [Read more...] about The Creative Power of Constructive Conflict
Sean Covey, son of the famous Stephen Covey, has written a terrific book for teens that I regularly recommend to parents: The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make. It’s full of wise, down-to-earth advice regarding the decisions teenagers have to make about friends, school, their relationship with their parents, love and sex, self-worth, and addictions. In the chapter on addictions, Covey calls pornography “the addiction of the 21st Century.” The sexual revolution normalized pornography. The Internet made it ubiquitous. Why should we be concerned about porn’s effects on our children’s sexual attitudes and behavior—and how can we talk to them about it? When Do Kids Start Watching Porn? Unfortunately, exposure to Internet pornography is happening at younger and younger ages. Experts estimate that in the U.S. and UK, the average age at which boys begin to access Internet pornography is now 11. If you have an elementary … [Read more...] about Should You Teach Kids About Porn? Yes, and Here’s How