TheToxic Workplace

What a challenge the toxic workplace is! That’s where you find the myriad forms of dysfunctional work culture lead by the many forms of dysfunctional power bosses. These bosses are one of the following, or a combination : hateful, undermining, indifferent / absent, blaming, abusive, callous and indifferent. These traits are often accompanied by a high level of hypocrisy and a low level of self-awareness. The workplace itself is characterised by repeated loss of staff, very low morale, silent resignationRead more

“The Trauma-Givers”

In the minds of many psychotherapists out there, as they try to make sense of the narratives they have heard in their work and in their lives, sometimes an overarching theme takes form. It is meta-explanation for all the dark material their patients and clients have expressed to them in the near-sacred space of the therapy room. For some, it is biological : dysfunction of brain chemistry. Or it could be social : illness resulting from poverty, social exclusion, unemployment,Read more

Cynicism and Misanthropy Be Damned

    Someone recently complained that being in any profession that involves close emotional contact with others means “losing your faith in humanity”. I would probably say you don’t have to be in a profession for that….just being part of the human race usually suffices. Why? Probably because human beings are frail, confused, power-seeking creatures that are easily caught up conflicts and prone to trivial ego inflation. You might say that human beings traumatise others of their species, despite knowingRead more