Sunday, October 4, 2015

An Overwhelmed Law Student

My article today consists of the transcript of the last of a career counseling session I conducted yesterday. I believe it offers lessons for helping professionals as well as nearly anyone.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Are Authors Paid to Embed Cigarettes in Their Novels?

The last two novels I read,  both Pulitzer-Prize winners,The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and All the Light We Do Not See, gratuitously include lots of cigarette smoking, described in a neutral if not positive light. 

I'd welcome your posting a comment here to say whether you've noticed this in award-winning novels that you've read.

I cannot help but wonder if the tobacco companies paid the authors to embed that. If so, how hypocritical that these authors, who take pains to write with antiseptic political correctness, encourage people to smoke cancer sticks merely to make more money. It feels especially reprehensible because they're already wealthy and write disparagingly about the wealthy.

The Story Game

There's a little mind game you can play by yourself or with something. It can be most revealing. I use it with some of my career counseling clients. 

In my Psychology article today, I describe it and include a transcript of the "game" I played with a client yesterday.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Use of Music in Counseling Sessions

Of course, there's music therapy. But even in traditional counseling and coaching, music can be a potent and enjoyable tool in sessions, even if you're not a musician. I offer ways to do that in my article today.

A Workover: A Successful Man Wants to Chuck it All

On, I've been posting edited transcripts of calls into my NPR-San Francisco radio program looking for a solution to their worklife problem. I call them Workovers. Here's today's offering.  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Workover: A New College Graduate Wants a Career in Advertising

On, I've been posting edited transcripts of callers to my radio show wanting career advice. I call them Workovers

Today's is a recent college graduate who'd like to launch a career as a creative in advertising. It was a fun exchange about how one might market Crayola crayons.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Career Advice for Men

In the fourth and final part in my series on career advice for boys and men, I finally turn to career advice for men.

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