Trigger Warnings Have Spread from Blogs to College Classes. That’s Bad | New Republic

by Shaun Kieran

Trigger Warnings Have Spread from Blogs to College Classes. That’s Bad | New Republic. “Trigger warnings” are not just ridiculous, they’re embarrassingly stupid and sad: ignorant of actual human psychology (trauma) and essentially is all about spreading political correctness. Here’s another article about this pathetic tendency in Reason. Shaun Kieran ShaunKpro@gmail.com  (207) 767-3864

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Duh: “Out of sight, out of mind,” means guaranteed disaster for parents and managers.

by Shaun Kieran

I ‘d hardly even bother with this seemingly obvious topic if I hadn’t just had a couple of sessions in which clients – good people, not stupid – sheepishly acknowledged that they’ve avoided situations they actually knew “awhile back” were likely to grow into bigger problems. First they avoided, then they “forgot” they were avoiding. […]

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“Go Ahead, Let Your Kids Fail” – Bloomberg News

by Shaun Kieran

Go Ahead, Let Your Kids Fail – Bloomberg. Obviously, a provocative title.  A while back I did a post about making “better mistakes.” This article does better at exploring that idea.  It seems obvious, but there’s so much at stake these days associated with appearing to be virtually flawless. Shaun Kieran ShaunKpro@gmail.com  (207) 767-3864

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‘All Joy and No Fun,’ by Jennifer Senior – NYTimes.com

by Shaun Kieran

‘All Joy and No Fun,’ by Jennifer Senior – NYTimes.com. This is a New York Times review of a book about modern parenting that’s getting a lot of buzz. I remember well the client, a talented professional Mom, seeking help for her unhappy son, who sadly confessed that she preferred being at work to being at […]

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Small business, addicted employee: a potentially big problem

by Shaun Kieran

My friend Rik is consulting with me as I begin using audio and video more in my posts. He brought this situation to me for my audio “comments.” Here’s his request and my reply:

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Regarding this article: “Every Moment Is Right: Don’t laugh at my fear. I won’t laugh at yours.”

by Shaun Kieran

I ran across this post and wanted to make a comment. Every Moment Is Right: Don’t laugh at my fear. I won’t laugh at yours.. This is an example of a sensibility that I used to (sort of) understand. I see it more and more these days, but still respectfully disagree with it as a […]

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Parenting – and Fighting the Right Battles

by Shaun Kieran

A heartwarming scene:  As friends and family dab their eyes, a 19-year-old young man, in Special Ed since middle school for both “behavioral” and “cognitive” learning disabilities, hears his name over the loudspeaker, and with unself-conscious delight in his face shuffles across the platform to loud applause.  He receives a warm hug from the principal […]

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The Roots of the Government Shutdown | Stratfor

by Shaun Kieran

I remember several conversations in the 70’s about the benefits – and unintended consequences following from the demise – of “smoke-filled rooms” as a crucial mechanism in the political process. And George Friedman harkens to that perspective: The Roots of the Government Shutdown | Stratfor.

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Obama’s Tightrope Walk | Stratfor

by Shaun Kieran

Obama’s Tightrope Walk | Stratfor. Part 2 of of George Friedman’s analysis of our President’s choices in Syria.

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What actually happens when you consult with me (or someone like me)?

by Shaun Kieran

Clearer thinking, less inner turmoil, and more clarity about the best way to make headway on personal goals and/or progress on real world situations – that’s actually what happens. Almost always, people get little glimmers that they ought to consult with someone, then mull it over for awhile, and finally they realize that whatever was holding […]

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