Archives for December, 2010
How much therapy is enough therapy? Well, that's for you and your therapist to decide, unless you have been stuck in therapy without reaching goals after setting target dates for those goals (as we wrote about in the Mental Health Treatment Plan series). Then it's time to ask: Is therapy helping me? Recently C.R. and I had two interesting conversations. One was about a man whose wife has been in therapy over four years. We'll call her Amanda. Amanda has received no diagnosis--not depression, not anxiety, not a personality disorder or any mental illness.
According to a recent study (as reported by PsychCentral), couples that wait to be intimate, especially those that wait until marriage, have stronger relationships. There does appear to be a trend towards slowing down, getting to know someone, treating sexual relations with the emotional seriousness that they deserve.
I came across this interesting story in the Wall Street Journal about high-flying workers in the London financial sector and their increased use of psychotherapy. Having worked with Wall Street go-getters, physicians, attorneys, as well as more than a few national athletes and others in high-pressure and/or high-paying jobs, I am familiar with many of the pitfalls such pressure takes on the human psyche. I'm glad to see those who need it are getting help.
You can read part one of our interview with NY ARTIST and ART THERAPIST ATARA GRENADIR. Atara teaches art therapy at Touro College in Brooklyn. Her new show, Conscious Community, is at the New Art Center in Manhattan at 580 8th Avenue, at 38th Street now through December 30th. If you're visiting family or friends in NYC (or just live here) take an hour or two to check out this passionate, vibrant, show. Can you share some insights into some of your paintings? The painting ‘Red’ from the Conscious Community series was the first in this new series. It carries the inspiration from the great scholarly book called Conscious Community by Rabbi Klonimus* Shapira [the spiritual leader of the Warsaw ghetto during the horrors of WWII]. I felt it embodied those war years when he wrote and disseminated these teaches of faith and loving each other, and I thought it was amazing how he could transcend the horrors surrounding him. The white spots in the painting reflect the holy souls that were living amidst such darkness and revealed such light. These holy souls sustain the world and reveal the good which will bring redemption.
(Part 1 of our talk with Sean Seepersad can be found here). You have a pretty interesting web site, webofloneliness.com. Can you tell us a bit about it? The website actually started because of the research I was doing looking at loneliness and online coping behaviors in 2001. In order to attract participants to answer the online survey, I figured it made sense to provide some information on loneliness. Thus, the Web of Loneliness was born.
Johnny Cash's version of Hank William's country song I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry is sung without pathos or drama. Johnny's rich bass-baritone twang makes us believe that he and the birds and the stars share our feelings. Anyone who is familiar with Johnny Cash's life story knows the man definitely earned the right to be the Man in Black. He was a deep thinker who belied the simplistic image of country singers.
NY ARTIST & ART THERAPIST ATARA GRENADIR teaches art therapy at Touro College in Brooklyn. Her new show, Conscious Community, is at the New Art Center in Manhattan at 580 8th Avenue, at 38th Street now through December 30th. If you're visiting family or friends in NYC (or just live here) take an hour or two to check out this passionate, vibrant, show.
We’re working on some new video projects and one of the topics that keep coming up is loneliness. This time of year people often say they experience more loneliness--and loneliness can be simply devastating. While researching the topic, we came across an amazing loneliness investigator, Sean Seepersad, PhD, who teaches human development, close relationships, and family science at California State University, Fresno, California. He’s also the creator of webofloneliness.com.
Yes! And your biological clock might be to blame. An MSNBC article reports that the online journal Nature Neuroscience, shows research that mice born in a "winter light cycle" had major problems with their biological clocks when they got older, compared to baby mice born in the summer. Science has shown that people with winter birthdays have greater chance of having depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder and other mental health problems. This study shows that your biological clock may be actually "set" or imprinted at birth. Scientists even believe that this could influence your general personality.