Positively Awe-full

Positively Awe-full

Martin Seligman, presiding over the American Psychiatric Association, attempted to shift the focus of psychiatry from illness to wellness. As a counterweight to the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual (DSM), he produced an inventory of beneficial character traits. The...
Growing into Relationship

Growing into Relationship

What does it mean to become an adult? We have social conventions that chart our progress: a driver’s license at sixteen, voting and sexual consent at eighteen, and tippling at twenty-one. While those milestones assume that we have achieved a level of maturity, few...
Character Isn’t Always the Answer

Character Isn’t Always the Answer

In creating the Mental Bank (TM), a comprehensive motivational therapy, John Kappas recognized that American culture conditions us to believe the money equates to security. The method awards fantasy dollars to the subconscious for its support on the intermediate steps...
Let Us Be Reasonable

Let Us Be Reasonable

Trapped in line behind a mother with a squalling child, I took in the grasping toward the candy rack, and advised, “You know, that’s not going to work much longer. You need to learn how to talk.” The child began to pout, and then settled into thoughtful repose. In...
Hypnosis and ADHD

Hypnosis and ADHD

On the Hypnosis Rising home page, I assert that the division of the mind is a choice. Developmentally, the formation of the conscious identity is a necessary step toward independence. The child caught in the throes of that decision, however, is not conscious of that...