Thinking about Thanksgiving!! Comments From Social Media

 Ronald B Cohen, MD discusses how to approach your family relationships when going home for the holidays.

Read the article here Thinking about Thanksgiving!!

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Dr. Cohen’s advice is well taken. I have come to love Thanksgivings as an adult and hope others do as well. I have tried to carry on the traditions which I enjoyed with my family and added some of my own. Hosting the feast has been a great way to do this.

However, it is not always so easy and in times past I have heeded a very wise woman’s advice to a young psychiatrist. One way to protect yourself in uncomfortable family settings is to treat your family like your patients. By this I mean, to not expect anything from your family members. To listen and be kind. This does not mean to analyze your family’s behavior or to be kind, but rather to use the professional skills you may have developed to protect yourself. I am only giving away this secret because I no longer need it. Thanksgiving has become a holiday that as one of my patients put it his favorite because, “There are no expectations.” The point of the holiday is to hang out and have a meal. All the rest is bonus.

I like Dr. Cohen’s suggestion of working on the individual relationships by trying to connect one-to-one as well. But this is something to work on the whole year as well.

Jeremy Burd, M.D.

 

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