The empty nest. It’s what some parents dread while others are counting down the days. This podcast is definitely for that first group and might give some good ideas to those that are delighting in their new freedoms. Learning new purpose, finding a fresh passion, letting go and realizing you won’t know your now grown child as well as you did once — all of those are steps in the process. I’ll offer both one conceptual tweak that might help you make a successful transition and five more practical things — as always, I’m about “what to do about it!”

The listener email for today is about the difference between a personality disorder, specifically Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder and Perfectly Hidden Depression, a syndrome I’ve talked about quite a lot (Episodes 003 and 004 introduce the idea if you’re curious.)


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