Monthly Archives: April 2012

Relationships: Connecting the Past with the Present

Robert Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions

Robert Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Written by Kristin Barton Cuthriell, M.Ed, MSW, LCSW

Be mindful and aware of what is really happening in the present. 

Painful feelings stemming from past emotional wounds have a way of resurfacing in our present day relationships.  Although this concept is nothing new, many of us are totally unaware of what is happening when our feelings surrounding old injuries are triggered.  We may believe that the prompting event in the here and now is the sole cause of our emotional distress without connecting the dots to the past.  Many times what is happening in the present is a reminder, either conscious or unconscious, of our history.  Displaced emotion can wreak havoc on our current relationships if we do not really know what is going on within us. Continue reading

Another Day of Inspiration

Kristin Barton Cuthriell, M.Ed., MSW, LCSW

Helen Keller did not need an excuse to stay down, but she chose to get up anyway.  

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.  My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.”  -Helen Keller

No Hearing  No Sight  All Vision!

Kristin’s note: To fully appreciate today’s inspiration, pause for a moment and imagine what it would be like to live your entire life deaf and blind; then read Helen’s quote again.

Now get up and have a great day!

Today’s Inspiration

Written by Kristin Barton Cuthriell, M.Ed., MSW, LCSW

Today when I become frustrated, disappointed, angry, or impatient, I will ask myself three questions.

Will this matter next month?

Will this matter next year?

Is this a life changing event?

I will then calm myself and breathe; knowing that it is only my reaction to the event that is life changing.

What Makes a Highly Productive Manager?

“Highly productive managers have the confidence and respect of their workers and, because of their skills in human relationships, receive greater cooperation and productivity from their workers.  Highly motivated workers have greater freedom, more respect and consideration, greater participation in decision-making, and are part of an enthusiastic and cooperative team.”        -Frank Goble, author of The Third Force: The Psychology of Abraham Maslow Continue reading

Embracing the Pain

Written by Kristin Barton Cuthriell, M.Ed, MSW, LCSW

If you allow yourself to feel, you allow yourself to heal.

When I meet my clients for the first time, most of them are going through some of the toughest times in their lives.  Their strength and courage often amazes me.  Empathizing as their story unfolds, can sometimes be painfully overwhelming.  If it feels overwhelming to me, I often think, imagine what it must be like for them?

Together, we embark on a journey; Continue reading