This post was written by Dr. Robert M. Gordon, Usha Persaud, M.S., and Sara Schapiro, M.S. Dr. Gordon is a member of the COVID Psychology Task Force (est. by 14 divisions of the American Psychological Association) working group: Hospital, Healthcare, and Addiction Workers, Patients and Families that sponsors this blog. COVID-19 has been a sudden, unexpected, and existential challenge for many, provoking uncertainty of our safety in the world (Hoffman, 2021). We are all struggling with the dilemma of taking care of others when we need to take care of ourselves. Just as on an airplane, where parents are urged in case of an emergency to put on their own oxygen masks before their child’s, we are also faced with the challenge of prioritizing our compassion for ourselves and kindness to others. The humanistic values of self-compassion and kindness are potential healing factors in navigating the uncertain and turbulent waters of the pandemic. Source: Randalyn Hill, … [Read more...] about Self-Compassion and Kindness During COVID-19
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People may fear that being kind to themselves when they make a mistake could lead them to become complacent or lazy. But research suggests that self-compassion typically does the opposite , making us more honest with ourselves and more motivated to pursue our goals . If you’re unsure whether you’re being genuinely self-compassionate or just letting yourself off easy, ask yourself the following four questions. 1. Are you able to acknowledge both your strengths and weaknesses? When faced with criticism, it’s not uncommon to react defensively, downplaying negative feedback and affirming our positive qualities. Sometimes this response is warranted (not all criticism is fair), but other times we may miss potentially useful information. By contrast, self-compassion involves a mindset of accepting imperfections and recognizing that we’re all human, which may make negative information easier to accept. Research has found that self-compassionate people tend to feel less … [Read more...] about Self-Compassion vs. Letting Yourself Off the Hook
Why won’t you just do what I tell you to do?! It’s so frustrating. I’ve listened carefully to what you’ve said. I’ve asked questions to make sure I have a good understanding of who you are, where you’re coming from, and why you’re plagued by the troubles that hound you. Believe me, your problems are not so unique. I’ve helped literally dozens of people in your situation before. This is a made-up stream of thought to be sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if it expresses a sentiment to which many people who have provided help at one time or another, can relate. Giving advice is exorbitantly prolific in our society. The dynamic: A tells B about a problem A is experiencing; B listens attentively; and then, Once B has a sense of having a firm grasp of the problem, B offers A a solution that B considers ideal. In fact, we're so confident of our ability to provide meaningful and effective strategies and suggestions, we often skip the first two steps. At … [Read more...] about Your Way Is Not My Way
Key Points: As more vaccine formulations become available, it may be possible to allow patients to choose which vaccine they'd prefer. Research suggests that allowing vaccine choice could help bolster the immunization effort by increasing patient autonomy and engagement. However, constantly changing information about vaccines could confuse patients trying to make a decision, and logistical factors could force some clinics to limit choices. Policymakers should aim to frame the choice in a straightforward manner and focus on factors (side effects, effectiveness, etc) that consumers care about most. Imagine that you are on Yelp searching for a gutter cleaning service before winter rains arrive. In your query, you find two companies with dozens of customer reviews and nearly 5-star averages. There are a couple of others with just a handful of middling reviews and one carries the unfortunate tag “Gutters will be clean, sort of.” It looks like all will cost about the … [Read more...] about Should People Be Able to Choose Which Vaccine They Receive?