Thursday, February 22, 2007

Guys: why hide from Karen?

Speaking to students at a seminar on stress at the Law School attached to the Law Society in Dublin last night, I was struck by the absence of men in the attendance. The student body is made up of roughly equal proportions of men and women but the attendance was over 90 per cent female. That men experience stress at least as much as women is obvious but we still seem less willing to come out of the woodwork and say so. Anyway, we had a valuable evening with Karen Ward (right), a holistic therapist who runs the Rhiannon Clinic in Dublin and who is also a presenter on RTE's Health Squad who spoke on nutrition and exercise; with Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Friar working in Dublin in the areas of youth ministry, meditation and holistic health; and myself on mindfulness and the pressures we impose on ourselves through unrealistic expectations. So expect the next wave of female lawyers to be more chilled out than their male colleagues.....

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