Temperament as a Therapeutic Issue
Recent books, like Susan Cain’s Quiet, have celebrated the unique qualities and contributions of introverts and challenged our culture’s bias toward extraversion as a personal style. Through case examples, this session will focus on the importance of recognizing the role of temperament in clients’ lives and examine how introverts and ambiverts—those with a mix of extravert and introvert tendencies—are often misdiagnosed by therapists who conflate their temperament with depression or an anxiety disorder. In this workshop, you’ll discover:
- Creative ways to broach the topic of temperament with clients to spur hope, self-acceptance, and new possibilities
- Steps for disentangling the characteristics of introversion and ambiversion from mental health symptoms
- Methods for helping introverts and ambiverts find their strengths through the use of “energy conservation” strategies, reframing techniques, and powerful metaphors that clarify how they can thrive in an extroverted world
Michael Alcée, PhD, is a therapist in private practice and a two-time Ted-X speaker. He teaches at William Patterson University and is the Mental Health Coordinator at the Manhattan School of Music.