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I Do Not Have Much To Say...

Chaim Sender, LCSW
July 23rd, 2014

"Should I marry her?" "Should I change my son's school?" "Do you think that this is a problem in Halacha?" "If I get divorced, will I be able to get remarried?  Will it be bad for the children?" "What should I do?" Some of the above may be typical questions a therapist hears at the onset of the therapeutic process.  I do not answer these questions.  To be fair, I am really unable to answer these questions.  There is n …

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Empathy Part 3

Rabbi Yitzchak Shmuel Ackerman, LMHC
July 21st, 2014

I taught Ariella how to empathize with her two year old son. She said she would try to imagine how much a couple of minutes of play means to him, and weigh it against how important it was to her to bring him somewhere right away, depriving him of those minutes of play. It was really thoughtful of Ariella to let me know what happened.   I have to tell you that since I began waiting for the extra five minutes or telling him he could go on the …

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Empathy Part 2

Rabbi Yitzchak Shmuel Ackerman, LMHC
July 21st, 2014

What‘s the difference between a judge and a leader? What are the qualifying criteria for judges and for leaders? Which role is more appropriate for you as a parent to play in the life of your child, the role of judge or the role of leader? What does any of this have to do with an article about empathy?   Let’s answer the questions in the order in which we asked them:   What‘s the difference between a judge and a leader …

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Empathy Part 1

Rabbi Yitzchak Shmuel Ackerman, LMHC
July 21st, 2014

I want to let you know that I tried some of the things you suggested. One of them was what you said about, “don’t get him to do something, help him to do something.” I have found that we get a lot more done when I work with him instead of telling him what to do and trying to get him to do it. Another thing you told me that’s been really helpful was to think about letting him play with something for five more minutes when I …

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