Peeling the Onion

When you meet someone for the first time, you’re generally on your best behavior. You’ll present the most polite, least objectionable version of yourself that you can come up with. This is called the public face, the mask, or the persona. Most of us cultivate this persona as carefully as we edit our Facebook page.Continue reading “Peeling the Onion”

Guilt and Shame: Good and Bad Ways to Feel Bad

As soon as you see how you are responsible for trouble, you are met by two emotions who offer to be your guide: guilt and shame. Which one should you go with? Is there a difference between the two? It’s easy to confuse guilt with shame. People refer to them interchangeably, like twins who areContinue reading “Guilt and Shame: Good and Bad Ways to Feel Bad”

What Can’t Be Hurt

If you were hurt by someone you love, it’s important to get real about the injury and account for all the damages inflicted: the common money the compulsive gambler spent, the trust the adulterer squandered, the confidence the abusive parent wrecked. It’s equally important to note the damages that were not done, the parts ofContinue reading “What Can’t Be Hurt”

The Shrink’s Links: Movie Review of Ways of Seeing

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. Most movie reviewers try to be the first to give you their take on up and coming movies. Not here at the Shrinks Links. Here we include those old classics that you might not have seen before, but are worth seeing now. One of these isContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: Movie Review of Ways of Seeing”