Mad in America: Emotional Pain and the Possibility of Finding Hope

Hi All,

Here’s my new essay about the value and necessity of finding hope when we feel trapped in unrelenting emotional pain – and how receiving the compassion of others can kindle that hope.

Best wishes,

Michael

How Parents Can Help Their Children Without Psychiatric Meds

Hi All,

Here’s an interview of me in Psychology Today exploring ways parents can help their children who are having problems without the use of psychiatric medications.

Michael

Revisioning Madness: Compassionately Responding to People in Extreme States, January 27-29, 2017

Hi All,

I’ll be leading this upcoming weekend workshop at Esalen Institute with my friend, Dr. David Lukoff, on January 27-29, 2017. Since 2011, I’ve organized and co-led six week-long or weekend workshops at Esalen, all aimed at a group exploration of expanding our understanding of extreme states, and the development of enhanced ways to compassionately respond to people in extreme states.

Best wishes,

Michael

esalen chair

Mad in America: The Elusive Emotional Wounds of Omission That Our Culture Inflicts On Us – and the Healing Balm of Love That Can Heal Them

Hi All,

My new article on Mad in America about the price we all pay for our universal and core needs for empathy, compassion and love not being met in our wasteland culture.

Best wishes,

Michael

Mad in America: “My Ego Strength is Too Developed for Me to Ever Become Psychotic!”

Hi All,

A brief new article here about mental health providers who believe they never could suffer in the ways many of the people they serve experience, and how that belief limits the provider’s capacity for empathy and compassion.

Best wishes,

Michael