Sunday, September 27, 2009

Why yet another blog?

Mandala made by members of Imago Peace Project, Austin, TX, February, 2005.

Over the last 32 years I have been working with individuals, couples, families, and groups to help them get past emotionally difficult life situations including resolving or finding peace in interpersonal conflicts, family discord, coworker disputes, and politically tense ideological differences in perspective. My experience has been that most folks who have continually found themselves stuck in one kind of distressing interpersonal interaction after another would like these tension-filled conflicts to stop happening or at least have them happen less frequently and if possible with quicker resolution. I believe that when someone keeps approaching interpersonal conflicts in the same ways used unsuccessfully in the past, then the same unsatisfactory results will be obtained over and over again. The solution seems obvious to almost everyone. It's time to learn new skills with a track record for working rather than a track record of perpetuating conflict or at best reaching an angry standoff. I intend on this blog to share some of the things I have learned from my professional practice as a psychiatrist who has for many years practiced individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy, from Al Turtle and my other dedicated and amazingly caring colleagues in the Imago Peace Project (, from my very loving friends at The Compassionate Listening Project (, and from my experiences with family and friends who have kept loving me even when my skills were less developed or when I've forgotten or been unable to put them into practice. It is my hope that this blog can become a forum for sharing skills that any of us may have discovered which work well in diminishing interpersonal conflict.

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