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May/June 2018

May/June 2018
Taking on the largely unnamed complexities of the #MeToo movement for men, this issue explores how therapists can help men respond to women’s experiences in healthy ways, rather than going silent, stewing in guilt, feeling helpless, or loudly protesting their own innocence.
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Silent and Confused

Opening Conversations with Men in the Wake of #MeToo

May/June 2018
Most men publicly support #MeToo, but privately—very privately, often too privately even to share with their intimate partners—some are disoriented and wrestling with questions about the changing norms that shape their relationships with women. Meanwhile, therapists are examining how to bring issues raised by this movement more directly into their clinical approaches.

The Challenge of the Healing Apology

Highlights from Symposium 2018

May/June 2018
At this cultural moment of the #MeToo movement, which has heightened awareness of a broad range of transgressions, psychologist and bestselling author Harriet Lerner offered a penetrating analysis of the truly healing apology.

Our Myths about Sexuality

Highlights from Symposium 2018

May/June 2018
Esther Perel called on the Symposium audience to challenge the various myths, especially those about male sexuality, that get in the way of deeper relational authenticity and more fulfilling ways of navigating modern relationships.
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The New Science of Couples Therapy

Highlights from Symposium 2018

May/June 2018
In their featured address, the Gottmans explored what research has revealed about the crucial role the brain’s seven different command systems can play in enhancing the quality of couples’ emotional connection.

Karaoke on Five South

From an Evening of Storytelling 2018

May/June 2018
A karaoke performance on a psych ward helps a mother and daughter find a way to reconnect.
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A New Stretch of the River

Navigating Life’s Final Stages

March/April 2018
As we age, our bodies and relationships change, and the pace of change accelerates. At 70, we’re unlikely to be able to function as we did in our 50s. We require fresh visions and new paradigms for framing our experiences. What worked yesterday will not be sufficient for tomorrow.

Occupational Wisdom

What Therapists Can Teach Us about Growing Old Gracefully

March/April 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 Power of Apologizing

What It Takes to Really Be Sorry

March/April 2018
Unlike the faux public apologies from men accused of sexual misconduct that 2017 will likely be remembered for, our private apologies have the potential to heal broken connections and restore trust. But an apology that opens the door to forgiveness and healing for serious harm is a long-distance run that requires courage, clarity, and integrity.
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Case Study

Second Adolescence: An Alternative to the Midlife Crisis

March/April 2018
Instead of viewing midlife as a time of emotional unraveling, therapists can see it as an opportunity to help clients gain a fuller sense of purpose in life’s later stages.
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