Susan G. Bednar, LCSW

Speaking Indirectly

Speaking Indirectly

Speaking indirectly means communicating in a style in which much is said through innuendo or vague suggestion rather than being stated explicitly.  Indirect comments may be used to check someone’s reaction to a potentially touchy subject, to soften a request…

Runaway Polarization

Runaway Polarization

Do you find runaway group polarization disturbing?  So do I. The term “group polarization” describes a well-known phenomenon in which a group of relatively homogeneous individuals tends to make more extreme decisions as a group than they would have made…

Who is Your Scapegoat?

Who is Your Scapegoat?

Scapegoating is a very common interpersonal process—one you’ve undoubtedly witnessed throughout your life: in your family, at work or at school, and in your community. Actually, you have probably participated in this process as well, although you may have denied…

Managing Care Away

Managing Care Away

One of the most challenging relationships that mental health care professionals may experience is their relationship with managed care. The huge increases in the number of people who have insurance coverage since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act is…