Moral Foundations

Moral Foundations

Every addictive substance and activity activates our dopamine system. This network of neurons alerts us that “what comes next is important.” What would happen, then if every cocktail napkin offered moral guidance? Would that help reduce the tide of...
A Bridge Too Far?

A Bridge Too Far?

Kappasinian desensitization allows a client to manage emotional reactions that inhibit normal behaviors. The most common emotional reaction is panic in confined spaces (elevators or airplanes) but can also present as shame that causes us to rebuff intimacy or...
Elephant of the Mind

Elephant of the Mind

If one was to specify an affliction ideally suited to investigation of personality structures, depression qualifies. The condition is progressive, starting as a mood that, left unchecked, slides into debilitation. While it can be comorbid with suicidal ideation, the...
Separate, Then Equal

Separate, Then Equal

It is hard enough for doctors. A patient ignores the warning signs, arriving for treatment with a life-threatening condition. The doctor’s tone is determinative. Reassurance galvanizes the body, rallying healing powers that are essential to recovery. But when...
Honoring Emotion

Honoring Emotion

The movie “Inside Out” reinforces the idea that emotions are all in your head. They are not. Emotions are your organic response to experience. They involve hormones and blood flow and muscle tension and more – all contributing to create subtle...