Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Suffering

Instead, we should fear not knowing how to handle our suffering, according to Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. By Thich Nhat Hanh We should not be afraid of suffering. We should be afraid of only one thing, and that is not knowing how to deal with our suffering. Handling our suffering is an art. If we know how to suffer, we suffer much less, and we’re no longer afraid of being overwhelmed by the suffering inside. The energy of mindfulness helps us recognize, acknowledge, and embrace the presence of the suffering, which can already bring some calm and relief. When a painful … Continue reading Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Suffering

Microaggressions?

Photo by Jose Luis Pelaez/Gallery Stock Prejudice remains a huge social evil but evidence for harm caused by microaggression is incoherent, unscientific and weak Scott O Lilienfeld is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Emory College in Atlanta. He is a co-author of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions About Human Behavior (2010) and his articles have appeared in Psychology Todayand Scientific American. Across college campuses and the corporate landscape, a big idea has taken hold: the notion that microaggressions – subtle but offensive comments or actions directed at minorities or other powerless people – can lower performance, lead to … Continue reading Microaggressions?

THE EROSION OF EMPATHY IN MEDICINE

by Brendan D. Murphy, Guest Waking Times …despite the obvious vital importance of feelings to the human condition, little can be found on the subject in modern and medical psychology textbooks. We are being held back by a structure that is ill-suited to our needs. What is needed is the energy and vision to support the emerging paradigm…It is clear that, as doctors, we need your help. –Dr. Robin Kelly, The Human Hologram What Happened to the Doctors? Something is drastically wrong with medical education as it currently stands1, and the effects flow into the professional arena. For decades medical students have been … Continue reading THE EROSION OF EMPATHY IN MEDICINE