Crucible Events: A Moment for Leadership

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / January 15, 2021

Warren Bennis, WWII combat veteran and international expert on leadership observed that all great leaders must pass though “crucible events.” He used the life of Abraham Lincoln as an example. With all that is going on, these times are our collective crucible events and with a resilient attitude we will come out of this better […]

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The Storm That Never Ends

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / January 8, 2021

The tsunami of problems that are confronting us seems to never end. The continued rise in COVID infections and deaths, the domestic terrorist attacks of our Capital, the social and economic upheaval from the pandemic, the lack of leadership and planning in distributing the vaccine are all real. Resilient people are not “pollyannish,” so let’s […]

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Taking Breaks

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / December 18, 2020

Taking breaks from necessary of our wellbeing. Small ones during the day are good, but prolonged breaks can give us perspective about our work, our lives and our relationships. They give us time to reflect on what really matters and strategize how to come back stronger.

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Spiritual Practices and Resilience

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / December 11, 2020

With holidays upon us I am reminded that science has shown us that having spiritual practices increase our resilience. I offer up an example of something my wife and I do each Friday as a spiritual ritual.

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Veterans of the COVID-19 War

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / December 4, 2020

Responders and healthcare workers will be “war veterans” of this pandemic and like many military veterans will feel a “distance” between themselves and the civilian world. This gap already exists. The issue is how do we stop it from getting larger, especially after the war is over.  

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Gratitude and Giving Thanks

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / November 27, 2020

During this holiday it serves as a great reminder to consider the things we are grateful for and focus on them. There are some simple tips to increase our sense of gratitude. Remember, being grateful makes us happier.

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Moral Injury or Burn-Out?

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / November 20, 2020

What has often been referred to as “burn-out” may, in fact, be a “moral injury” among responders and healthcare providers. What is the difference and what can you do about it?

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Take A Deep Seat and Stay In the Middle

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / November 13, 2020

Resilient people aren’t pollyannaish and this is no time, especially for first responders and healthcare workers to pretend that what is coming at you and ALL of us is not going to be disastrous. As my Irish twin brother, who is an old cowboy is fond of saying, “Sometimes all you can do is take […]

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Control What You Can, Leave The Rest

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / November 6, 2020

Despite all of the stress of this election cycle first responders, police and healthcare workers have been “ruckin’ it up” and doing their jobs. The data indicates y’all are stressed out and burning out. And it is no wonder why. Two important coping strategies in these times: 1) reach out to someone on your team […]

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Grief and Loss in the Time of COVID-19

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / October 30, 2020

Too often we try to avoid negative, painful emotions. But to be resilient we sometimes need to “embrace the suck.” Today’s blog talks about ways to create time to acknowledge these feelings, understand, accept them, and then move on with our lives.

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— Confucius

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