Wow! I love the concept of shame as a wonderful gift and a strength. She also talks about vulnerability as a strength. What a wonderful life-changing opportunity to change perspective…. I love how she points out that when we have shame about something, we automatically want to shy away from it. I really learned a lot. I love how brave, courageous she is. ‘Way to break new ground and a topic sorely missing solid research.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/brene_brown_listening_to_shame.html

Frank Clayton LPC

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Today I appreciate this holiday for it gives us a day of rest to pause and remember those who have passed. It is also a time to honor the brave men and women who have given the greatest sacrifice that we may be free. Is there any greater gift than that? A few days ago I posted the question “if you knew someone had given their life for yours, would you live differently?” I was thinking of “Saving Private Ryan” at that moment. I realized that just because I do not have a specific face to put with that sentiment, makes it no less a gift. I would like to also many of my uncles who served in many branches of our armed forces. Thank you to the those who have gone before me.

Frank Clayton LPC

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Report from IPPA Conference, Day 3

Wow! What an absolutely amazing day! In case you’re just “tuning in”, today is day 3 of the 2nd Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association.
Here are the highlights:

  • Barbara Fredrickson (author of my #2 pick on Happiness, Positivity) talked about Love
  • Meeting Todd Kashdan and (what may be his last) talk at IPPA
  • Possible collaboration with positive psychologist and local, Lynn Johnson
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with a Positive Spin
  • Positive Computing
  • Meeting Jane McGonigal and using her on-line game to enhance Happiness 101
  • How much you think you can do something effects whether (and how hard) you try *
  • The use of strengths in therapy – the intermediate lesson *
  • Gala and the National Constitution Center *

* I will report on these tomorrow.

It was much cooler today. A blessing for my walk to my third download of information in the realm of positive psychology, a.k.a. Happiness! As I walked through City Hall in (literally) the heart of Philadelphia, I hummed a little tune. I was distracted by the richness and variety of the people as I walked. Per haps distracted enough by the suits, the homeless, the street venders, the skaters and the provocative dress, the song’s lyrics did not bubble to the surface until in the shadow of the Downtown Marriott. I murmured, “All you need is love. Bump-ba bump-ba bump. All you need is love. Bump-ba bump-ba bump. All you need is love, love – love is all you need.” As I realized I was humming a Beatles standard, I also realized that the topic of Barbara Fredrickson’s talk was “Love: A new lens on the science of thriving” Continue reading Report from IPPA Conference, Day 3

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