The Psychology of Secrecy

The Psychology of Secrecy

Secrecy is the thug that does the dirty work for shame. Where we have secrets, there is always shame. They are partners in crime. What’s more? Shame is a time traveler— it moves through families, cultures, systems, and organizations. It shapes us down deep where...

Why My Advice Isn’t Even Worth Two Cents

Why My Advice Isn’t Even Worth Two Cents

Advice is a trap, set by the unconscious to act out our patterns from the past. There, I said it. And here’s the thing: anyone can give advice. You need no qualifications whatsoever. Honestly, all it takes is an opinion and the gumption to say it out loud. People...

I Got Censored

I Got Censored

A week or so ago, I posted an innocuous quote about slander on my Instagram feed. It was quickly labeled as "false information" by "independent fact checkers" and censored— hidden away because it was apparently so threatening. Here's what the quote was: In reality, I...

5 Lessons from the Trenches of 2020

5 Lessons from the Trenches of 2020

Greetings from Boston. This is likely my last blog post of 2020, and I wanted to take a minute and express my appreciation that you all have signed up for my newsletter. The fact that I can write and people will actually read it makes the process all the more...

Coping During COVID-19: The Family Brain Podcast Episode

Coping During COVID-19: The Family Brain Podcast Episode

I recently joined host Megan Gipson on her podcast, The Family Brain, once again. This time, our conversation centered around coping strategies during the pandemic and beyond. You can listen to the full episode here.  I hope it provides some comfort and guidance for...

The Flip Side of Fear: Adaptation and its Discontents

The Flip Side of Fear: Adaptation and its Discontents

Dr. RBF and I hosted the third in our series of House Calls this week; this time looking at the Flip Side of Fear.     In case you missed the first two, you can find them here: The Psychology of Uncertainty Leadership in Times of Crisis We had a great time...

Leadership in Times of Crisis: Reveal your Meaning and Purpose

Leadership in Times of Crisis: Reveal your Meaning and Purpose

I recently had the honor of hosting a second interactive live Zoom chat with my dear friend and colleague Dr. RBF titled, “Leadership in Times of Crisis: Reveal your Meaning and Purpose."     When we were doctoral students in Washington DC, 9/11 occurred. We...

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