A Failure of Empathy

My first video blog post! For professional organizers and other nonclinical in-home/onsite professionals: Recognizing inadequate empathy in a mental health professional’s description of a client. Video link: A Failure of Empathy

Death and the Longest Day

Today, the summer solstice, was indeed the longest day for two friends: one who mourned the death of her son on what would have been his 19th birthday, the other whose husband’s funeral was yesterday. The mother spent today bathed in the love of friends and family, marking a painful milestone: the first birthday, after…

What do you think about the TV shows about hoarding?

I find most of them infuriating for their shaming, watch-the-train-wreck emphasis and deplorable lack of empathy for the people they profile. There have been a few isolated instances that weren’t all bad, for example the pilot episode of TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive, but overall the phenomenon of hoarding on television is an exploitative disaster.  It’s important to recognize that…