Bullied for the first time during recess in second grade, Spencer recalls the kids laughing at him for being pale and skinny. I met Spencer shortly after his fifteenth birthday. He was released into my care after an unsuccessful suicide [click to continue…]
Cutting or self-injury (SI) is about scratching or cutting your body with a sharp object (scissor, razor blade, paper clip, glass, tweezers etc.) enough so that the skin is broken and bleeds. As was mentioned in Cutting Part 1, this behavior is not usually meant as a suicidal gesture.
Every story regarding why an adolescent would engage in cutting behavior is different, yet there are certain commonalities.
We hear about cutting in the media when celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Princess Diana, and Courtney Love, to name a few, come forward. We may learn of instances of cutting in our communities, but it remains a poorly understood and difficult to treat behavior. Yet cutting is becoming more prevalent in young women.
Rachel is 16 years old. Her tall, slightly overweight body conveyed awkwardness and her learning disability only made matters [click to continue…]
Sandra King speaks with her melodic Jamaican accent, “Leadership requires you to be confident and not afraid to take risks.” After years of marketing positions in greater Boston, Sandra King emerged as a leader and trailblazer in the field of college marketing in the early 1990’s. Before that, she channeled her mother’s entrepreneurial skills while owning an upscale children’s clothing store in the suburbs. Her work within college environments(Northeastern University, Babson College, and Bentley University) has been transformational with institutional strategic planning, policy development, marketing and problem solving.
She is currently the interim Vice President of Marketing and Communication at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and consulting for a company in Natick, Long Term Solutions. King still finds time to mentor young women [click to continue…]
Leadership appears in our everyday lives when we engage with our children, spouses, friends and colleagues. Leadership is present when we attend social functions and do our jobs as homemakers, doctors, volunteers, lawyers, business women, or whatever roles we have.
We do not have to define leadership as “dominant” or “superior.” Nor do we need to dichotomize leader vs. follower or superior vs. inferior. In fact, when we behave aggressively and try to dominate, we generally feel less good about ourselves and there is a decrease in self-esteem. When we behave passively [click to continue…]