Dr. Chris Ebberwein
- I am a counseling psychologist in Wichita, Kansas, where I’m the behavioral scientist at Wesley Family Medicine Residency program and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the KU School of Medicine – Wichita. I have a background in teaching and research in career choice and development, as well as in providing individual career counseling. Being a part of this blog lets me do some of the things I love the most—thinking about career issues and writing! That is, I like to write when I’m not spending time with my wife and four kids.
Posts by Dr. Chris Ebberwein:
A recent Stress in America survey shows pretty convincingly that women bear the brunt of stress. I don’t have a hard time believing that. So, I’m inclined to ask myself, “As a husband and father, should I take on more stress by taking on more responsibility?” Not exactly. The answer to how a family deals with stress can be complex but solutions can often be found by looking to the role models around us. For me, that role model is my own father.
A professor of mine once shared his opinion that a one-word definition of mental illness might be “rigidity.” To me that means that mental health must have a lot to do with flexibility.
I wrote in a previous post about having flexibility in our approach to work life, but flexibility can obviously apply to every part of our lives. One of the “tricks of the trade” for psychologists is to help people rethink how they see the world around them and how they see their place in it.
We spend a lot of time at work. So, to be unhappy at work means we spend a lot of time unhappy. No one faults a person for looking elsewhere when work starts to take a toll, and sometimes, unhappiness at work requires a change. But for a variety of reasons, before changing jobs, it …[Read More]
The field of positive psychology looks to enhance good health with a focus on traits and behaviors that cultures through time have valued as worthy or virtuous. The practice of gratitude is a good example.