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Do You Know How to Listen?

  • January 21, 2020
  • General
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD How to be a good leader: Learn by listening. That struck me as the main message of a small book sent to department chairs throughout the country some time ago by the American Association of Medical Schools. I’ve tried to do just that throughout my career, sometimes more successfully than […]

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Holiday Harmony with Difficult People

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, M.D. If you are expecting holiday harmony, you may have to think twice. The family gathering just may not turn out like the Norman Rockwell images of perfect family bliss. Instead, as a Thanksgiving-day op-ed in the New York Times put it, “Make Room at the Table for Difficult People.” Grumble, […]

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The Power of Humility

  • November 08, 2019
  • General
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, M.D. “Humility Is Something to Boast About.” That was the headline on a recent article in the print edition of The New York Times.  Benedict Carey reports on a recent review of studies of people with a personality trait characterized by an ability to perceive one’s own flaws and strengths, and […]

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Personality and Power

  • October 18, 2019
  • General
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, M.D. Personality influences behavior. No doubt about it, certainly for someone in my field.  So information about someone’s personality should help make sense of how–and how successfully–that person acts at school, in the workplace, at home, in social relationships, and in the world of politics. The New York Times recently reported […]

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NFL receiver Brandon Marshall speaks on borderline personality disorder at Menninger luncheon

Diagnosed in 2011, the athlete–introduced by John Oldham, M.D.– now works to break the stigma of mental illness* By Britni R. McAshan |May 3, 2019 Brandon Marshall has fielded opponents during a storied career in the National Football League with the Denver Broncos, the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets, but he also has battled mental health […]

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CAN KIND THOUGHTS ABOUT OTHERS BOOST YOUR MOOD?

How you think about the people you encounter will alter your well-being throughout the day. In a bad mood? Feeling anxious? Iowa State University psychologists found that thinking well of others can lift your spirits and calm your nerves, whether you realize it or not. Previous research has shown that what psychologists called “downward social […]

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Does This Personality Trait Put You At Risk of a Cybercrime?

Being easily distracted makes you a target for pickpockets, and experts know that extroverts are more likely than introverts to be preyed upon by con artists. Now researchers are zeroing in on a personality trait that makes a person a target of cybercriminals. According to research published in Social Science Computer Review, that trait is […]

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