This is particularly strong, of course, among people who simply don't like to be told what to do, ever, about anything, especially by the government. Ergo the small but angry “Open Up” protests getting attention from the always-hungry-for-noise news media. The same emotional balancing act between fear of the disease and fear of not controlling our lives is, like a seesaw, tilting the same way for many of us. It’s why people are talking more about going to bars and restaurants or concerts or ball games or the hair dresser or simply being able to go somewhere for exercise without being yelled at for not wearing a mask. The real issue for many of us is not about having a restaurant meal or nicer hair or going bowling. It’s about having the freedom to do so. It’s about having the choice. It’s about having control. … [Read more...] about Should I Stay (Inside) or Should I Go (Back Outside)?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been a de facto standard of care within psychotherapy for the last 30 years. Certainly, CBT has shifted and changed over the years—particularly with the mindfulness revolution of the past decade—but the underlying ethos of CBT which places cognition and behavior in positions of elevated primacy in the psychotherapeutic healing process has remained relatively intact—at least within the halls of academe. … [Read more...] about Why You Can’t Think Your Way Out of Trauma