Musings From a Psychotherapist About the Effects of Secrecy and Shame in Our Lives

Last night, I had the privilege of leading a talk-back following a production of Neil LaBute’s “In a Dark, Dark House.” I read the script for the play last month and thought the playwright brilliant for his ability to comprehend what actually goes on as a result of childhood sexual abuse. Himself a survivor of child sexual abuse, LaBute crafted a play that asks the audience to bear some pain, experience some confusion and appreciate some of the complexities involved when a person grows up living with being sexualized way before they’re even old enough to know about sex.

I woke up today thinking about the play. I thought about how…

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Outsmarting Stress and Negativity

A number of months ago, I had the good fortune of traveling to India with my family. I wasn’t so keen on taking this trip, fearing that I’d get depressed from seeing the country’s massive poverty. Having read many novels written by Indian authors, I was primed to witness people living in conditions that I’d never before set eyes on.

For a number of months, I had a nagging sense of worry that got me feeling way more stressed than I wanted to be. The Inner Worrier would beckon me from out of the blue, telling me to worry about how I was going to feel while in India. It got me doubting whether I would feel OK or not — and got me squirming…

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Overcoming Doubt and Fear in Order to Foster Self-Confidence

There’s a surge in conversation about the challenge for women to claim confidence and counteract self-doubt. The newest book on the topic, The Confidence Gap, shows, yet again, that women are less self-assured than men, and to succeed in the work world, confidence matters as much as competence.

Let’s dispel the mystery behind the scenes so that we are not so shocked by what the headlines tell us. Females, by and large, grow up playing the game of life with different rules than our male counterparts. I remember many years ago walking into my daughter’s day-care center and noticing how the boys…
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Dr. Beth Weinstock at an event for AWE (Alliance for Women Entrepreneurs)