This week I speak with Alice, an asylee from Burundi who now lives in Maine. She talks about her work in both countries to support and empower women who have faced cultural silencing and endured trauma. Together we explore ways that refugees might be connected with therapists who can help them tell the painful stories they need to document in order to apply for asylum.
We conclude this series on loneliness, guilt, humiliation and jealousy with a story that combines all four. We also revisit an earlier interview with Dr. Aaron Lazare about shame and humiliation and how these self-conscious emotions intersect with the feelings we hide.
This week our series on hidden feelings continues with jealousy. We’ll hear two stories from people who have experienced jealousy in their professional lives, from the kind of jealousy that makes you feel inferior, to the kind that makes you want to disappear. We explore where it comes from and how to change our relationship to it.
Today we continue our series on hidden emotions with a show about guilt. We hear stories from two people who carried guilt for decades and then decided it was finally time to confess.
Musician and educator Monica talks about how the intense insomnia that began in her 40’s led her to a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She talks about several habits, including skin picking and intrusive violent thoughts, that suddenly made sense after this diagnosis, and about the combination of medication and therapy that has allowed her to sleep better and live with less anxiety.