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Faith Bethelard

Returning: Finding Tender Moments in This Unfamiliar City

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 […]

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A Synchronicity of Words: Many Ways to Say What We All Need

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 […]

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How Our Tenderness IQ Can Help Us Cope With Stress

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, […]

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Taking Our True Temperature: Is Tenderness Rising?

Last summer, the summer of  2019, which seems so long ago now, I was telling a friend about writing a new book, and that it would be on tenderness. My intention, I explained, was to do a shorter and “friendlier” version of my previous co-authored book, Cherishment: A Psychology of the Heart. In the new […]

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How Developing a ‘Tenderness Consciousness’ Can Change Your Life.

It’s April, 2020. Spring Equinox has passed. I am in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where Spring has sprung early. On a leisurely walk with my friend yesterday I was rewarded with a magnificent feast for the senses: daffodils, forsythia and magnolia blossoms preening happily, showing off their beauty and strength. Though I live in New York City […]

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Tending Your ‘Garden’ in the Time of the Pandemic

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 […]