Reflections

Breaking the Habit of Making Matters Worse

By Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. , 2001

Pain is a fact of life. Suffering is all of what we add on to the pain: all of the explanations, blame, worry, and fear. In most cases, all these added-on emotions and thoughts do little to help us actually work with painful situations.

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The Physician Personality: Overcoming “Overcare” and Perfectionism

By Lee Lipsenthal, MD - Vol. 5, No. 4. , 2004

Perfectionism, competitiveness, and a sometimes overwhelming desire to do good are very common personality traits among people drawn to a career in medicine. Unfortunately, these very traits can wreak havoc in physicians’ personal and professional lives. Beneath the drive to know everything and always make the right treatment decisions is often a deep insecurity. Dr. Lee Lipsenthal explores the hidden fears underneath the mask of medical authority.

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