The Inauguration, The Trojan War, and the Tenderness Cure. By Faith Bethelard (From Faith’s article on ThriveGlobal.com) Watching the inauguration, after the terrible events of January 6, brought up an unexpected connection to a Greek Classics course I took in college, when we were reading Homer’s The Iliad. Written more than 2500 years ago, it […]
As a teenager Faith learned Transcendental Meditation,™ which led her to explore the tenets of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. After undergraduate work at Bryn Mawr College she earned her doctorate from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. Her interest in these ancient philosophies motivated her to also continue her spiritual studies, pursuing and obtaining a Doctor of Spiritual Science (DSS) degree. Her life-long mind-body-spirit approach to health and wellness all came together in Cherishment: A Psychology of the Heart, which she co-authored in 2000 with renowned psychoanalyst Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Ph.D.
While earning her Doctor of Psychology degree at Widener, Faith unexpectedly encountered Japanese psychoanalyst Takeo Doi’s concept of amae in an obscure footnote in a psychoanalytic textbook called The Basic Fault (1968) by Michael Balint. At the time she was undergoing her personal analysis, preparing herself to work with patients directly by doing her own exploratory therapy work.
It’s all about paying attention to the small things in our lives that help us maintain stability and a positive outlook. By Faith Bethelard (From Faith’s article on ThriveGlobal.com) My work in the area of tenderness, as in “tending to each other and to ourselves,” is a kind of therapeutic intervention not terribly dissimilar to […]
A haircut and a clip from a war movie spark a deep desire for more familiar comforts and connections to help us maintain our well-being during these disconcerting times. (From Faith’s article on ThriveGlobal.com) Hair salons are normally hopeful places. We walk in with a need for improvement and come out looking much improved and […]
Tsewa, the Buddhist concept of warm-hearted tenderness, shines a powerful light on the way forward toward greater human connection and overall well-being. By Faith Bethelard, Psy.D. (From Faith’s article on ThriveGlobal.com) If you believe in synchronicity, as I do, and love to read, then you may have had this same experience as I did: the […]
By Faith Bethelard, Psy.D. D.S.S., Clinical Psychologist (From Faith’s article on thriveglobal.com) The time is more than right, right now, for us to define, examine and put into play a new type of intelligence that I call a Tenderness IQ—TQ for short. TQ, for me, is a combination of emotional intelligence and moral character. Specifically, […]
As long as there is enough strength in these hands to reach out to those who come to her, to place her hand on a crying person’s shoulder, Amma will continue to give darshan, to lovingly caress people, to console and wipe their tears until the end of this mortal frame – this is Amma’s wish. […]
The Coronavirus has provided us a crash course in tenderness consciousness. There is a near global shut down of day to day life with widespread concern for oneself, our loved ones, and apprehension about the future. Human beings have never faced a fear of the unknown so collectively. What we do know is that the […]