Listening for Joy

One of the reasons I became a psychologist is, as it turns out, one of the reasons I also quit the profession: My nuclear family life was filled with drama, mostly between my parents. As I sat out of the way in the basement and listened, I became a very good listener, but I became “addicted” to listening – to drama. Even now, 10 years after giving up my license to practice psychology, and in the midst of developing a “joy coaching” practice, I sometimes catch myself listening for drama, even inviting it in and relishing it. The truth is that I would much prefer listening to people tell me about their enjoyments, accomplishments, joy; wouldn’t you?

Listen (and watch) here for some “joyful noise” —


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