'Hi, my name is Shari and I am excited to be at this conference/retreat/class.' This is how it usually begins. We all go around the room and introduce ourselves, give a reason or two why we are here and it moves onto the next person. But at my most recent retreat, I decided to try something different.
In boxing, one of the fundamental necessities of the sport is the presence of a good cornerman. In an article written a few years ago providing insight into and describing the sine qua non of the cornerman, the author declared, "he [the cornerman] must be a psychologist, able to assist the fighter through the emotional minefield that is the preparation for combat.
When I was product testing my children's book Ella's Tummy: A Story of Understand for All Ages -- in other words, having kids read it and tell me what they thought -- one very bright eight year old girl said she thought it was mean that I, as the author, called the main character fat. This was an interesting response, because the book is about fat bullying, and how it is not okay to do it.
Now that Donald Trump is improbably close to becoming president, several frightened commentators are suggesting he receive psychiatric evaluation to ensure he is not mentally ill. The amateur diagnoses most often floated for Trump are Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder.