The systemic approach views people as not only the accumulation of their personal experiences but also as carriers of a collective consciousness. As we face the terror, of the shootings in San Bernardino and elsewhere -- looking and then looking away -- we can look at these events with a wider lens. My op-ed article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Is mental illness an individual or systemic problem? offers a different view.
Isn’t it ironic?
Many people actually dread the holiday season. The combination of holiday stressors – rushing around to buy gifts and worrying about money, seeing extended family, feeling lonely or depressed, and the temptation to overeat and over drink - can feel overwhelming to many people.
Yet inside each of us we yearn for more joy, more worthiness and more connection. In every culture and every century, we're hard-wired for celebrating, getting together and feasting. It seems like finding a reason to celebrate is truly part of our DNA.
Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP, is an author, trainer and psychotherapist who promotes, practices and teaches experiential methods including psychodrama, Family and Systemic Constellations, mindfulness and Tarot imagery.