Turbulent times continue all around the globe for many reasons. Covid-19 is still a major factor, as was largely expected. That the virus is still raging in a number of countries yet under control in others is just one of the disparities we see in the world today. In amongst the “big population issues” we can still be, however, sensitive to our personal and family issues and our concern for others. One thing that has been possible for some people is to take this time of slowing down, of pause, to both reconsider and reconnect with themselves and those they care about. At The Science of Psychotherapy, we continue to relish the knowledge and sensitivity of therapists who take the time to share their mind with us.
I am so pleased to be able to print an excerpt from the new book by Carol Mathews. She tackles an area that I think we need to know a lot more about – hoarding. I have chosen the chapter, What is Hoarding Disorder, because we need to learn the basics. I strongly suggest that you get her book, Recognizing and Treating Hoarding Disorders (Norton, 2020). It is jam packed with great information and practical approaches from someone who really knows.
I have been thinking about the need to feel connected and the opportunity to take this moment to contemplate family and friends. I began to think about the connection that we tend to forget in the hustle and bustle of daily living – the connections within ourselves. I’ve gathered some thoughts and ideas into an article, Conversations between Body and Brain. This is a topic that could fill a thousand magazines, but I hope this stimulates your thoughts and an awareness of the whole of you.
In a flash of serendipity, I asked our good friend of The Science of Psychotherapy, John Arden, if he would like to contribute to this conversation. He sent three articles that are a wonderful triad for our Last Word. He reminds us of some very important approaches to therapy and to better living. The Key to Long-Term Health: Self-care of the whole body; Thriving Relationships, Personal Wellbeing and Effective Therapy; and Good-Enough Parenting: The Pathway to Resilient children are more than the Last Word, I think these are words that will last.
Next issue will be at another change of season. May the fresh breezes bring us all closer into a more sensitive and connected world.