Self-Compassion > Self-Criticism

“You’re a beautiful girl,” the old man from her ancestral country said. She felt the warmth of his compliment glow deep inside her. He continued, “Don’t ever shave your mustache.” Poof. It was out. Dr. Kristen Neff is a leading researcher on self-criticism and that’s one of her stories. It made me laugh out loud … Continue reading Self-Compassion > Self-Criticism

Help (I Need Some Continuum)

There's a continuum to helping. If you want to be helpful, it helps to know where you're coming from. On one end is the bad samaritan. They see and don't help. We'll assume that's not what you're looking to do, but we have to acknowledge it exists. Next is the non-judging-but-passively-listening friend. This is good … Continue reading Help (I Need Some Continuum)

Crisis Text Line Data In A Time Of Coronavirus

Nancy Lublin leads a non-profit called Crisis Text Line. They offer text message-based crisis services for people in need. With an army of trained volunteers, they stand (or, more likely, sit with laptops) at the ready to engage with people who just need someone to talk to via text message. While most of their efforts … Continue reading Crisis Text Line Data In A Time Of Coronavirus