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Episode Info: Curt and Katie talk about haters, heated online discourse that seems to delight in shaming other therapists, Schadenfreude, and the laziness of taking other people down while squandering the opportunity for creativity and positive discourse. It’s time to reimagine therapy and what it means to be a therapist. To support you as a whole person and a therapist, your hosts, Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy talk about how to approach the role of therapist in the modern age. In this episode we talk about: The backlash from haters that is created when you step out as a therapist The different theories: dehumanizing therapists, protecting the public from bad therapists, pushing back against innovation Characterizing this dynamic as Schadenfreude (and defining it) The irony that therapists are not showing positive, healthy communication online How jealousy and impostor syndrome can show up The ways that therapist training may contribute to these unhealthy conversations Dehumanizing people into brands or when people become intertwined with their concept and the idea is humanized The entitlement that people can feel when interacting with brands, forgetting that there are people behind these brands The emotionality and righteousness in the communication The act of bringing other people down in a public forum, rather than raising up own arguments The plea to bring in alternative perspectives to add to the discourse, rather than focusing on taking the other person down The laziness in just saying that you don’t like something, a passive “take down” The reinforcement that trolls get (likes, comments, arguments) and a call to action to stop feeding the trolls How the bystander role might be relevant Responsibilities of original posters and commenters The impact of social media on professional reputation Curt’s plea to #CitetheStatute The way that social media can feel like we’re talking to ourselves, or to people who are far removed and somehow not impacted by us The lack of emotional resources that can impact how we engage with our community of therapists online The possibilities when we are able to use these social networks for creativity and discourse Our Generous Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by SimplePractice. SimplePractice is a HIPAA compliant all in one practice management platform where you can schedule appointments, use paperless intakes, file insurance claims, meet with clients remotely using our integrated Telehealth system, and do so much more.  Learn more by going to . You can also sign up and receive a special promotion of getting 3 months of SimplePractice for the price of 1. Please note, this offer is valid for new customers only.    Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together resources mentioned in this episode and put together some handy-dandy links. Scott Miller’s article on Breaking Down Trauma Treatment The Science of Internet Trolls Trolls Just Want to Have Fun Is there a ps...
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