Have you seen the film, A Miracle on 34th Street? It hinges upon whether people will accept Kris Kringle's claim that he is in fact Santa Clause. What a strange preoccupation. Why does it matter so much whether or not people believe in the material existence of something that seems so clearly to be mythical? … Continue reading Santa Clause and the Narcissistic Defense
I had a conversation recently with a colleague who works with people who struggle with compulsive overeating and are considering or have had bariatric surgery. She told me how frequently the surgery doesn't help very much unless the underlying psychological issues are confronted. Which of course got me thinking about how issues related to food, … Continue reading Sharing The Weight in Group
Help! I just can’t stand that person! Wonderful. What the hell do you mean, “wonderful?” You’re having a powerful experience in Group. You’re getting your money’s worth. What are you talking about? Someone in Group activates you. Their very presence stirs up a lot of emotion. This is a big opportunity for you to learn … Continue reading Help! I just can’t stand that person…
Can I bring a friend to Group? You probably want a simple Yes or No answer. I try to avoid that, whenever possible. My reason is not just to annoy you. Therapy, whether individual, couples, family or group, is a place to learn more about yourself, especially about your unconscious. What is the unconscious? Everything … Continue reading Can I bring a friend to Group?