Archives for May, 2012

Psychotherapy

Emotion — Too Little or Too Much

Neil brought in a dream this week. He and his wife Ellen are somewhere exotic, on an island or maybe in a jungle. Everything has been carved in stone -- buildings, statues -- and he talked about the interesting rock faces and their angles.

"I dreamed it all in color," he said, "and that's unusual for me." He and Ellen were holding hands, which even in the dream, he thought was odd (given their...
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Psychotherapy

Anti-Social Personality Disorder and its Roots in Hopelessness

In session with Naomi, we discussed her ongoing moral dilemma about whether to disclose. She vacillated between an agonizing sense of guilt for occasions in the past when she hadn't been honest, to a dry-eyed cynicism in which she'd argue that she might as well go on hiding the truth because she couldn't undo the past.

"I realize that I'm lying to myself. I can hear it, but I don't...
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Psychotherapy

The Importance of Hope

I've been thinking all week about why some people emerge from a horrendous childhood with hope intact. Given the serial abandonment and sexual abuse, it's astonishing that Adrienne has any hope whatsoever that someone might care about her.

Why do some people have the ability to recognize goodness when they see it, to cleave unto it for dear life? Why do others never seek help, or when they find it, so...
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