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physician wellness

How to Lead a Sustainable Life: a Physician’s Victory Over Burnout

Eighteen months out of residency and into outpatient psychiatry private practice, for the first time since before medical school, I'm coming home actually feeling a surplus of energy to put into my life outside of clinical practice. Sure, I did my best to maintain my interests and relationships during my training, but doing so felt… Continue reading How to Lead a Sustainable Life: a Physician’s Victory Over Burnout

Cognitive Functions, Myers Briggs, physician wellness

Why Extraverted Feeling Needed Sleep but Didn’t Want it When I Was in Residency

No one likes sleep deprivation, right? And as much as residency (and aspects of practice for a lot of specialties and services where physicians take call etc.) demand this, I realized in residency I was depriving myself of sleep when it wasn't really called for by my duties. I later came to understand I was… Continue reading Why Extraverted Feeling Needed Sleep but Didn’t Want it When I Was in Residency

physician wellness

When You Can’t Help Any More

  I bid farewell to four people this month who I’ve been caring for in my outpatient psychiatry practice — all under sensitive circumstances but ultimately moving in positive directions. As I write formal discharge letters, the unique role psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians play in the lives and minds of the people we… Continue reading When You Can’t Help Any More

Enneagram

What Didn’t Make Sense to me About the Enneagram of Personality until Now (Or: Sister Mary Francis’s Geometry Class Wasn’t Sacred Enough for You?)

I’ll admit I was a late convert to the Enneagram system. Having studied typology personally and professionally for about 8 years (focusing on Myers-Briggs), it wasn’t until about 2 years ago that I started coming around to really appreciate the Enneagram. While it has always been present and beaconing as a tempting tangent to my… Continue reading What Didn’t Make Sense to me About the Enneagram of Personality until Now (Or: Sister Mary Francis’s Geometry Class Wasn’t Sacred Enough for You?)

Enneagram, Myers Briggs

Finding Your Personality Type is Hard When Your Colors are Different

Finding both one’s Myers Briggs an Enneagram Types can be so bloody hard sometimes going by through the generic profiles and ambiguously worded online tests. My observation is that most of the descriptions of types are narratives of the behaviors (and sometimes thought patterns or values) that occur with the highest frequency in people of… Continue reading Finding Your Personality Type is Hard When Your Colors are Different