Schadenfreude: Celebrating the Misfortune of Others
Like Sunday afternoon visits to London’s fetid insane asylums, we stare and gawk, fascinated yet repulsed, at unfortunates like Joseph Merrick (1862–1890). Joseph Merrick, incorrectly identified as “John Merrick” and also as “The Elephant Man,” his degrading stage name, attained a macabre celebrity status not because of wealth, success, or glamorous looks, but because of a grotesque physical deformity.
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Laying the Groundwork for a Medication Conversation
Therapists and counselors can have very different opinions on the role of psychotropic medications in mental health care. The majority of mental health professionals appear to agree that medications are necessary in the most severe forms of psychological disorders, especially when psychosis is present.
This is the second and final installment in a series focusing on cultivating the quality of deep-seated contentment, which constitutes an integral component in enhancing our recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction, other addictive disorders. This installment focuses on practical steps we can take to manifest the qualities of contentment and equanimity in our lives.... To read the entire article, please subscribe to Counselor Magazine
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