-by Dr. Richard Marshall
I took advantage of the extra time that the July 4th holiday provided by first perusing the news. I’m glad I did, as I stumbled on a gem of an article about addiction in teens. It is beautifully written by Maia Szalavitz, a twenty something former addict and it appears in the June 25, 2016 issue of New York Times Sunday Review. I was initially attracted by the title, “Can You Get Over an Addiction.” We have a special interest in this topic, because we see many teenagers in our practice who are just beginning to use drugs and it is devilishly difficult to convince them to stop. Read More
TMB Episode 76: I’ll Never Do That Again (YouTube)
Have you ever said to yourself, “Man, I am never going to do that again!” While we all have, most of us have also made the mistake of doing it again, anyway. We do so for a variety of reasons, and tend to find ourselves regretting it, once again, the next day.
When we think of bravery, we tend to think of heroes and knights. People who have done amazing and life threatening things. Those who did not allow fear to stop them from accomplishing their mission. But what if consider the idea that bravery goes just a little bit deeper? What if we consider the fact that many of the things we do every day require bravery? And if we can imagine that, what does it mean when we fail to stand up for ourselves or take the risks necessary to make our lives better?
In our modern culture, we work more than twice as much as our hunter-gatherer ancestors. According to most researchers, hunter-gatherers “work” approximately 20 hours per week (7 days), whereas statistics suggest that modern Americans work approximately 45 hours per week (5 days). So in our “progressive” world, we actually work more than ever before.
Episode 73: The Consequence of Competence
Why do we work so hard when it seems as though our hard work results in more work? There are many explanations for why we work hard – our individual personality, what has been modeled for us, and our overall view about the purpose of life. But how do we accept the fact that when we do a good job, we tend to be “punished” by being asked (or told) to do more?