November/December 2017

Editor's Note

November/December 2017

November/December 2017
In this issue, we take a stab at understanding this larger social phenomenon, a perilous downward spiral of faultfinding that we might call the National Blame Game. We explore how our country has come to a place of such profound and enraged disunion. And in a spirit of humility, we explore whether therapists can do anything to mitigate the damage.
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Is There Hope for a Divided America?

Tales from the Better Angels Bus Tour

November/December 2017
There’s a troubling trend toward viewing people who differ from us politically not just as uninformed or misguided, but as ill-motivated and dangerous. Through an organization called Better Angels, a couples therapist and an intrepid group of other concerned citizens embark on a bus tour to see what they can learn about shifting the standoff between Red and Blue America.
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High Lonesome

Braving the Quest for True Belonging

November/December 2017
High lonesome is a type of music in the bluegrass tradition that captures the mood of isolation many people feel today, as we turn away from one another and toward blame and rage. Our challenge as a nation is to reclaim human connection and true belonging even as, more and more, we sort ourselves into antagonistic tribes. But to do that, we’ll need to choose courage over comfort.

Of Us and Them

Updating Our Picture of Who We Are

November/December 2017
It seems clear that to understand America’s crisis of identity—the fundamental changes that have occurred in the last few generations, and the thoughts and emotions that ensue from them—you need to know more of America than just its affluent coastal cities.

The Tony Robbins Experience

What’s the Takeaway for Therapists?

November/December 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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A Q & A with Tony Robbins

A Personal Look at his Biggest Challenge

November/December 2017
What it’s like to be the focus of so many people’s hopes and expectations for how they might change their lives?


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Clinician's Digest

Going Above and Beyond in Post-Harvey Houston

November/December 2017
In the 12 years since Hurricane Katrina, what have mental health professionals learned about being helpful in the wake of natural disasters?

In Consultation

Taking Therapy Home: Motivating Couples to Do Their Homework

November/December 2017
Motivating couples to do their therapy homework may be the key to successful outcomes.

Case Study

Doing Vulnerability: The Art of Helping Men Open Up

November/December 2017
Helping emotionally closed-off men embrace vulnerability without getting lost in shame requires not only empathy but good timing.

Point of View

The Rise of Neurofeedback

November/December 2017
Neurofeedback has brought a powerful new technology into the consulting room.

Bookmarks

Beyond Illusion

November/December 2017
Review: Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
Exploring contemplative practice may not be for everyone.

Family Matters

Tough Choices

November/December 2017
There comes a time in many families when there’s no choice but to face decisions that test the heart.
November/December 2017
Our National Blame Game
Can Therapists Help Find a Way Forward?