A therapist against the death penalty? I'm sure no one is shocked by this. We are famous for being flaming liberals. However, my primary objection to the death penalty may not be what you suppose, i.e. that criminals can be rehabilitated. I do not believe that people like John Wayne Gacy or Ted Bundy could have been rehabilitated. However, I still do not think we should have been given a death penalty. Why?
There is an adage in parenting, "Praise the Positive". This concept, which is so important in parenting, is equally applicable in the work place."
In working with clients struggling with depression I often find that the work environment provides a lot of distress and discontent. I've not been exempt from these influences myself and always find the strategies of management to be somewhat curious.
When battling depression, many people go to their medical doctor and get a prescription for an antidepressant. The recommended treatment for mild to moderate depression is psychotherapy and, if needed, a prescription for an antidepressant. Medication seems to be the first line of defense. Psychotherapy is rarely mentioned. In addition, there are many things clients can do for themselves to reduce depression symptoms, yet this information is rarely presented either. You can try these techniques instead of medication if you are mildly or moderately depressed. You can use them in addition to medication if more severely depressed. What are some of these things you can do for yourself?
In his book, "Games People Play", Dr. Eric Berne describes the game of "Let's You and Him Fight". I see this game played out all the time in office politics. Let's say "Joe" is upset about something that has happened in the office, usually something done by the boss or someone in a position above him. He goes to his colleagues, Sam and Maria, to vent his frustration and to ask for advice. What does he get? Sympathy, for sure. What advice may Sam and Maria provide? "You should file a grievance." "You should go have it out with the person." "You should confront them about that." "You need to stand up for yourself." But is this really the best advice?
My family of origin can generate a lot of drama during the holidays. If the holiday is Christmas, the drama can sometimes start as early as October. This Christmas I made up mind that I was going to have a good holiday no matter what anyone else did. I wasn't going to get caught in the drama. What do I mean by drama? Starting gossip about another family member and trying to get me involved in it. Criticizing another family member and trying to get me incensed about whatever "awful" thing that person had done. Trying to start fights between other family members. One sibling is mad at another and wants me to join her. Those kinds of things. I decided I wasn't going to internalize other people's dramas and concerns and make them my own. And I kep repeating this for three months and throughout the holidays. What happened?
On his blog, The Daily Minder has three very interesting articles about depression, anxiety and work.