Try a Little Tenderness

by Academy of Clinical Excellence on February 15, 2013

This recent Valentine’s Day-themed blog post from the NY Times is surprisingly relevant to our work as clinicians. Its author Gordon Marino offers a powerful reflection on tenderness and how the warmth and intimacy of this feeling compares to respect.  Enjoy!

Some highlights:

“If a primary aim in life is to develop into a caring and connected human being (admittedly, a big “if”), rather than, say, thinking of oneself as a tourist collecting as many pleasant and fulfilling experiences as possible, then surely a capacity for tenderness must play a role.”

“In general, tenderness involves increased sensitivity.”

“…and we are perhaps moved by the impulse to reach out with a comforting hand.”

“While I have all the respect in the world for respect, it is a chilly sort of feeling — if it is a feeling at all. Respect is a fence that prevents us from harming one another. But strengthening the ties that bind and make us human requires something more pliant, more intimate.”

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/try-a-little-tenderness/?emc=eta1

Margaret S. Chisolm, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

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