A painting of an adult black man riding the bus behind an older, "better" dressed white man, the former looking dreamingly pensive.

Reading Time: 21 minutes Excerpts from Large-Group Psychology: Racism, Societal Divisions, Narcissistic Leaders and Who We Are Now (2020), written by Vamık D. Volkan, M.D., DFLAPA, FACPsa, in response to the deadly 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Volkan is currently President Emeritus of the International Dialogue Initiative (IDI) and the Senior Erik Erikson Scholar at the […]

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An abstract painting of with horizontal panels of varying colors and shading.

Reading Time: 3 minutes I had an interesting discussion with a woman who came to play the transformational board game I invented called the Game of Clarity over the weekend. We start the game by formulating questions, regarding which each player wants clarity and direction. This woman had two different directions to choose from and after talking for a […]

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A colorful but not bright drawing of a multilayered heart.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Do you have a strong drive to make others—family, co-workers, friends—feel better (helper syndrome)? Are you so used to taking care of others—putting their needs first, making them comfortable, ignoring yourself in the process—that you don’t even notice when someone offers to support you? Do compliments pass you by—you hear the words but just don’t […]

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A painting of a naked woman holding something like a rope above her.

Reading Time: 4 minutes When I started graduate school for my MSW, I remember thinking that it was time for me to change in myriad ways. The jig was up! I could no longer continue my unhealthy or self-sabotaging behaviors, or else everyone would find out that I was a fraud. The behaviors did not change overnight, so instead […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes According to all of the psychiatrists I’ve seen I have a mental illness. I’m not currently insane but I have been before which nonetheless makes me one of the crazy ones. Is this fair? I certainly didn’t think so when I was diagnosed as bipolar and seven years thereafter. Even now, although I’ve finally accepted […]

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