Growing into Adulthood
"We live in a culture of two-year olds." Those who have more direct experience of me and my work have likely heard those words directly. I hold a strong bias that our culture does not produce capable, grounded and balanced adults. Indeed, our culture demands perpetual childhood (or adolescence at best). We have not been given the skills of the adult, have few role models for adult behavior and no sense of how to respond to emotional distress, adversity or challenge without thinking, feeling and behaving as a child. Psychotherapist John Lee refers to this process as regression...I might quibble with this term as I, sadly, see most of us resting in this state rather than regressing to it. Nonetheless, John's approach to grappling with the phenomenon marks him as a true kindred spirit and I greatly value his wisdom and persepective. These video clips are definitely worth 30 minutes of your time.
Bryan Dieterich, MA, LPC