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Medicating Women’s Feelings. Photo WOMEN are moody.

Medicating Women’s Feelings

By evolutionary design, we are hard-wired to be sensitive to our environments, empathic to our children’s needs and intuitive of our partners’ intentions. This is basic to our survival and that of our offspring. Some research suggests that women are often better at articulating their feelings than men because as the female brain develops, more capacity is reserved for language, memory, hearing and observing emotions in others. These are observations rooted in biology, not intended to mesh with any kind of pro- or anti-feminist ideology. The pharmaceutical industry plays on that fear, targeting women in a barrage of advertising on daytime talk shows and in magazines. As a psychiatrist practicing for 20 years, I must tell you, this is insane.

At least one in four women in America now takes a psychiatric medication, compared with one in seven men. The new, medicated normal is at odds with women’s dynamic biology; brain and body chemicals are meant to be in flux. The Three Qualities of People I Most Enjoy Working With. How to develop a compelling + original voice: look to your flaws. “I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.

how to develop a compelling + original voice: look to your flaws

. ” ― Augusten Burroughs “I am not an angel,” I asserted; “and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. . ” ― Charlotte Brontë, JANE EYRE “This thing about you that you think is your flaw – it’s the reason I’m falling in love with you I’ve always been struck by the phraseto find your voice, as if it’s waiting for you to discover it behind the refrigerator or between the couch cushions. According to psychologist Carol Gilligan, there’s some truth to it. As kids, we are powerless, and so we construct the False Self, the social mask, that wins us the love – or at least the attention – we desperately need. 21 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Maya Angelou. “I did what I knew.. when I knew better, I did better” ~ Maya Angelou Maya Angelou, the award-winning writer, poet, actress and civil rights activist, left this world today, leaving behind her beautiful work, the love and wisdom she has shared with so many of us.

21 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Maya Angelou

Take Your Time, Success Is Not A Race. Success has nothing to do with your age.

Take Your Time, Success Is Not A Race

Prominent leaders did not accomplish their goals until their minds matured. If you’re worried about your age as a primary factor for success, view the infographic for some realistic motivation. Is a Happy Life Different from a Meaningful One? Philosophers, researchers, spiritual leaders—they’ve all debated what makes life worth living.

Is a Happy Life Different from a Meaningful One?

Is it a life filled with happiness or a life filled with purpose and meaning? Is there even a difference between the two? Think of the human rights activist who fights oppression but ends up in prison—is she happy? Or the social animal who spends his nights (and some days) jumping from party to party—is that the good life? These aren’t just academic questions. Recently some researchers have explored these questions in depth, trying to tease apart the differences between a meaningful life and a happy one. The controversy surrounding it raises big questions about what happiness actually means: While there may be more to life than happiness, there may also be more to “happiness” than pleasure alone.

Appreciative Futures. Here is a process I have used as an appreciative inquiry of possible futures.

Appreciative Futures

The process involves three journeys through three timescapes. The inquiry is based on the futures triangle and the timescapes of the past, present and future. These timescapes capture the ‘weight’ of the past, the ‘push’ of the present and the ‘pull’ of the future. The following picture outlines how it works. Participants enter the process by arriving in a space where the ground of authenticity is always present. Pitching for Community Engagement. There is a lot that competes for our attention in life and work.

Pitching for Community Engagement

In seems to becoming increasingly difficult to commit to those things we most want to be a part of. In fact, I would go one step further and suggest that it is increasingly difficult to even notice those things that we would like to become a part of because those things we are currently engaged in keep us distracted most of the time. Recently I was with my dear friend Peter McDonald from Uniting Communities in Adelaide. Peter asked me to spend some time at his recent Faith In Action Conference working with community builders wanting to engage more of the community in doing the work of the community.

The key outcomes from my session at the conference will be a focus for another post. How can your organisation also be a Communities Of Practice? Last month I was invited by a friend, Peter McDonald, to spend a day with him establishing a new Community of Practice (CofP) focused on Community Development.

How can your organisation also be a Communities Of Practice?

His organisation is Uniting Communities and it works with some of the more disadvantaged elements of society – youth homelessness, employment, disability services, etc. Uniting Communities is trying to simultaneously deliver essential services into the community and also enable the communities it works with to be stronger, more adaptive, and build resilience.