This is a frightening and dangerous time, and a time to try to call on the best within us to help each other through. The horrific terrorist attack on Israel has ignited a situation with no end in sight. And yet we all hope for an end to the bloodshed … we hope that terrorism will be eliminated from our world and peaceful solutions can be found.
We continue to have news of war, slaughter, and violence elsewhere as well. As indirect as our efforts may seem, we must continue to try to help people have a better understanding of the irrational forces of the mind that contribute to the violence and to try to make progress in increasing reason over unchecked passion.
In the world of TFP, we tend to be optimistic that our efforts can help those individuals who come to us with their pain and suffering. Issues of pain and suffering outside the consulting room are much more challenging.
Frank E. Yeomans, MD, PhD
Frank E. Yeomans, MD, PhD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University. He is a Senior Consultant in and teaches internationally for the Personality Disorders Institute, and is in private practice in White Plains and New York City.