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Temperament: A Factor of Nature or Nurture?

How Therapists Can Help Us Accept and Break Free from Our Dispositions

Marian Sandmaier • 1/19/2016

New investigations are beginning to shed new light on a question that's hounded psychotherapy for more than a century: what's the relationship between nature and nurture, and what does it mean for the human project of change? As we come to understand more about the complex process of temperament development, therapists may be able to better help clients master one of life's trickiest balancing acts---making peace with one's inborn nature while knocking against its boundaries, in search of a larger self.

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The Last Dance: Awakening a Mother’s Joyful Spirit

Marian Sandmaier • 1/11/2016

Toward the end of her life, a woman turns back the clock by performing the goofy ballet of her youth.

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What the Cactus Knew: The Reward of Not Getting What You Want

Marian Sandmaier • 7/1/2013

A much-anticipated vacation demonstrates the rewards of not getting what you want.

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4/8/2013
Authors:
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
MARIAN SANDMAIER, MA
 
BARRY JACOBS, PSYD, LP, DBTC
 
JAY LEBOW, PHD
 
MICHAEL VENTURA, PHD
 
TERRY HARGRAVE, PHD
 
WALTER LOWE, MD
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2/6/2013
Authors:
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
MARIAN SANDMAIER, MA
 
BARBARA GOODRICH-DUNN
 
ROB FISHER, MA, MFT
 
CHRISTINE CALDWELL, PHD
 
MARY SYKES WYLIE, PHD
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Family Matters

Coming Full Circle: Learning to Choose Where You Look

Marian Sandmaier • 1/1/2011

Understanding your place in the great circle of life is often a matter of where you choose to look.

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Who Do You Think You Are?

The Enduring Mystery of Temperament

Marian Sandmaier • 5/5/2009

Clinicians have long considered theories that emphasize inborn predispositions as antiquated and even reactionary. but the work of researchers like Jerome Kagan and startling developments in fields like behavioral molecular genetics are making therapists think again.

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Family Matters

Time Traveler - An empty nest can portend a freer life

Marian Sandmaier • 5/1/2008

Life in the empty nest can be humbling, exhilarating, and occasionally, just plain weird.

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The Secret Lives of Clients

Probing the Alchemy between Client and Clinician

Marian Sandmaier • 3/2/2004

What really makes therapy work? Clinicians invest prodigious amounts of time and energy trying to find out--comparing notes with colleagues, poring over journals, attending workshops, reflecting on their own recent sessions. But how often do therapists go to the source—their own clients—for wisdom on this vital question?

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Flying Lessons

Discovering Another Way of Being

Marian Sandmaier • 3/2/2004

In a single, unforeseen moment, a self-lacerating young woman takes a risk and discovers, deep in her bones, why we're a live.

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Copyright:
4/8/2013
Authors:
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
MARIAN SANDMAIER, MA
 
BARRY JACOBS, PSYD, LP, DBTC
 
JAY LEBOW, PHD
 
MICHAEL VENTURA, PHD
 
TERRY HARGRAVE, PHD
 
WALTER LOWE, MD
Product:
NRC095567
Copyright:
2/6/2013
Authors:
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
MARIAN SANDMAIER, MA
 
BARBARA GOODRICH-DUNN
 
ROB FISHER, MA, MFT
 
CHRISTINE CALDWELL, PHD
 
MARY SYKES WYLIE, PHD
Product:
NRC095555
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Growing Up Transgender

Parents and Their Transgender Children Find a Healing, Validating Community

Marian Sandmaier • 4/7/2019

By Marian Sandmaier - Until very recently, most families with transgender children had never met another family like theirs. Now, parents and children from the trailblazing Ackerman Institute’s Family & Gender Project talk about their experience of joining a healing community that offers acceptance and a validating mirror of their own experience.

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Helping Traumatized Communities Become Their Own Healers

After Decades, a 77-Year-Old Therapist and His Global Program Show No Signs of Slowing Down

Marian Sandmaier • 2/2/2019

By Marian Sandmaier - For almost 25 years, Jim Gordon and his team at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine has worked in war zones, refugee camps, and communities struck by natural disasters and mass shootings, both in the United States and internationally. And still doing this work at 77, he has no plans to slow down.

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We Need to Talk About Depression Recurrence

Talking About Staying Well After Therapy May Be Lifesaving

Marian Sandmaier • 7/13/2018

By Marian Sandmaier - Virtually all clinicians make clear to departing clients that they’re welcome to return to therapy at any point. But for clients with recurrent depression, that may not be enough. I propose that before termination, therapists talk with clients candidly about the possibility of another episode of suffering down the line.

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Facing a Parent's Decline

Helping Grown Children and Aging Parents Learn to Nurture Each Other

Marian Sandmaier • 1/25/2018

By Marian Sandmaier - Nearly all therapists will soon be working with substantial numbers of aging families, whether or not they ever consciously choose to. The question at hand, then, is how can this juncture in the family life cycle be transformed from an emphasis on adjusting to loss and disappointments to a focus on growth and possibility?

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The Tony Robbins Experience

What’s the Takeaway for Therapists?

Marian Sandmaier • 1/8/2018

By Marian Sandmaier - Tony Robbins, who will give a special session at the 41st annual Networker Symposium in March, is a pop psychology phenom. Over the last four decades, his work in the area of emotional growth and healing has influenced millions of people. But can therapists learn anything useful from him?

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How to Locate Your "Felt Sense"

Eugene Gendlin's Six Steps to Focusing

Marian Sandmaier • 8/6/2017

By Marian Sandmaier - On a hot August morning in 2012, I sat with 25 strangers in a former Capuchin monastery overlooking New York’s Hudson River. We were there to spend a week learning about a therapeutic process known as Focusing. I couldn’t have known then that this deceptively simple practice would alter my life.

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Sorting Through the Bewildering World of Therapeutic Apps

Left to Our Own Devices

Marian Sandmaier • 11/7/2016

By Marian Sandmaier - Today, we’re entering a new and fast-expanding universe of emotional self-help—one populated by smartphone apps. They offer tools for everything from depression, social anxiety, and binge eating to phobias, postpartum problems, and substance abuse recovery. Since solace-by-app is here to stay, how might clinicians become a meaningful part of this mental health game changer, in ways that might benefit both themselves and their clients?

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Temperament: A Factor of Nature or Nurture?

How Therapists Can Help Us Accept and Break Free from Our Dispositions

Marian Sandmaier • 1/19/2016

New investigations are beginning to shed new light on a question that's hounded psychotherapy for more than a century: what's the relationship between nature and nurture, and what does it mean for the human project of change? As we come to understand more about the complex process of temperament development, therapists may be able to better help clients master one of life's trickiest balancing acts---making peace with one's inborn nature while knocking against its boundaries, in search of a larger self.

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Clinician's Digest

A Controversial Study on Abortion Offers Surprising Findings

Marian Sandmaier • 9/4/2019

Whatever one’s position on abortion, it’s hard to dispute that the debate has ramped up radically over the last year.

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When Therapy Changes the Therapist

Five Tales of Self-Discovery

Marian Sandmaier • 5/6/2019

Although it’s not usually acknowledged, change in the consulting room goes both ways. Even as they help clients wrestle with their issues, it’s the rare therapist who hasn’t experienced his or her own eureka moments. Five therapists share their tales of personal transformation.

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Always on Call

When Disaster Strikes, Jim Gordon Gets to Work

Marian Sandmaier • 12/26/2018

Wherever people have been uprooted and stripped raw by the devastating force of war, sudden violence, or natural disaster, you’re likely to find Jim Gordon at work. For 25 years, he’s been bringing the tools of mind–body healing to trouble spots around the globe. His goal? To make himself unnecessary.

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In the Shadow of Depression

How Can We Manage to Stay Well?

Marian Sandmaier • 7/6/2018

Most clinicians know that if a person has suffered one bout of serious depression, he or she is much more vulnerable to another one. But most therapists still don’t address a vital question with their clients—how can they stay well once their most recent bout of misery has ended and they’ve left therapy?

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Moments of Truth

Stories Told at the End of the Day

Marian Sandmaier • 5/9/2018

In our own small way, the Networker has tried to revive the ancient, tribal practice of storytelling. At our third annual Symposium storytelling event, five veteran therapists fearlessly got on stage and told disarmingly revealing stories about therapy experiences that challenged them and taught them something vital about themselves.

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Occupational Wisdom

What Therapists Can Teach Us about Growing Old Gracefully

Marian Sandmaier • 3/9/2018

Does being a therapist give us an edge in coping with the inescapable phenomenon of aging? Three prominent psychotherapists—Irvin Yalom, Joan Klagsbrun, and Erv Polster—share both how their experience with older clients has shaped their slant on their own mortality and how their own aging may be changing the way they approach psychotherapy.

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The Tony Robbins Experience

What’s the Takeaway for Therapists?

Marian Sandmaier • 11/1/2017

Despite his four decades in the public eye, most therapists are only vaguely aware of Tony Robbins and his take on personal change. But if you attract millions of people from a staggering range of backgrounds and interests to your seminars, it’s a good bet you have something to offer. So what’s that elusive “something” that he transmits to people? And can therapists learn anything useful from him?

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Doorways to the Embodied Self

Eugene Gendlin and the Felt Sense

Marian Sandmaier • 7/12/2017

Eugene Gendlin and his work on Focusing and the “felt sense” left an indelible mark on modern mind–body approaches to psychotherapy.

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When All Else Fails

Stories of Vulnerability and Possibility

Dan Siegel, Ken Hardy, Lisa Ferentz, Lynn Lyons, Marian Sandmaier, Michele Weiner-Davis • 5/8/2017

The self-assurance of expert practitioners who publicly present their work can lead everyday therapists to believe that psychotherapy is a far more predictable craft than it actually is. The reality, of course, is much muddier. Therapists on the ground eventually learn that only one mantra applies to every case—it's more complicated than that.
  • I’m Funny and I Faint by Lynn Lyons
  • Thinking Outside the Gift by Lisa Ferentz
  • The Final Shot by Kenneth Hardy
  • First Make the Bed by Michele Weiner-Davis
  • It’s Never Too Late by Daniel Siegel

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Family Matters

Leaping for Joy: The Secret Lives of Children

Marian Sandmaier • 3/13/2017

Recalling a time when kids were supposed to be out of the house—and their parents’ hair—as much as possible.

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Marian Sandmaier is a freelance book editor living in Merion Station, Pennsylvania. She's a features editor for the Psychotherapy Networker.