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critical reflection

What is “mental health”?

It may sound kind of strange, but I’ve never bought into the idea that mental health is an “either/or” proposition. I don’t think it’s realistic to suggest that mental health is a goal; to do so would assume that someone… Continue Reading →

Is being a writer worse than being an alcoholic?

There wasn’t a lot left – a couple of drops, really. But it called to me and awakened something inside of me. Not really lust, not really gluttony, but more of a memory than anything else. It was a drop… Continue Reading →

A simple framework for building better relationships

Relationships are key to mental health.  If our relationships are strong, then we more than likely will be healthy.  If, however, our relationships aren’t strong (or worse), then there’s a strong likelihood that not only will our mental health be… Continue Reading →

My framework for critical reflection

I value reflective writing very much.  It’s at the heart of everything I teach and learn.  To me, it’s easier to start reflecting from within a role (role-based reflection is at the heart of psychological empowerment) than it is from… Continue Reading →

Critical Reflection isn't Mental Masturbation

I’m always advocating that people critically reflect about roles in their lives as a first step towards defining and creating healthier realities.  I don’t think, in any way, that it’s mental masturbation to do this exercise.  To me, understanding the… Continue Reading →

We should look at ourselves objectively and try to improve

Every once in a while, something crosses my path that says exactly what I’m always trying to say.  The Peanuts strip I’ve included in this post ran yesterday and sums up pretty much what I know can work to developing… Continue Reading →

Critical reflection of our roles increases confidence

I truly believe that strong leadership can make or break any situation.  I developed a leadership model, after studying many different approaches to leadership, that I have since used in many different domains.  I call this approach, Contextual Leadership. To… Continue Reading →

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