The heartrending suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain shocked and upset us. But are we exaggerating the role of individual defects in suicide, while overlooking the powerful impact of sociocultural circumstances?
My latest blog post asks, “Is Donald Trump out of his mind?” The answer? From a context-centered therapy perspective, not a bit. Sadly, he’s all too much in it.
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From the standpoint of social constructionist approaches to meaning-making, this presumption that how you act stems mainly from stable and enduring qualities inside you is suspect because it fails to fully consider the crucial influence of context on behavior. That thoughtful, deliberative, and soft-spoken person you are at work is quite different from the suave and charming flirt you become on that first Match.com date or the shirtless, face-painted maniac you morph into while tailgating on Sundays. Which one reflects who you “really” are?
New post on my blog, “Making Meaning: Constructing Understandings in a Confusing World.”
We often speak of “getting inside someone else’s head.” When we talk this way, we usually mean that we wish to understand things as others do so that we can grasp what otherwise might seem like utterly incomprehensible behavior. If we could get inside the heads of our boss, our significant other, or that bloviating political candidate on TV then we just might be able to know what they are up to and why.