Episode 5: Relationships and Illness: How To Increase Hope and Connection Through Vulnerability and Courage, An Interview With Just Such a Brave Couple

Today’s interview epitomizes the entire reason I started this podcast. In it, I have a conversation with an incredibly brave and courageous couple. As we talked and I heard their story, my ambivalence around whether it is possible to convey the magic of vulnerability through this medium faded away. What is central to this podcast…

Episode 3: The Art of Suffering: A Closer Look at Buddhism’s Contributions to Our Relationship with Strife, an Interview with Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dr. Sean Smith

I thought it was important to take a closer look at the notion of suffering, particularly from the point of view of Buddhist thought, as many of the tenets and practices of Buddhism have progressively entered the Western popular imagination.  I found myself reflecting on what must be a misconception and oversimplification of Buddhist thought…

Episode 1: Welcome to The Dignity of Suffering

My name is Mitchell Smolkin, I am a registered psychotherapist, certified couples therapist, Jungian psychoanalyst, author, and speaker. I have been interested in the field of psychotherapy for almost three decades and have had the opportunity to walk through some of the hardest circumstances in life with people from all over the world. On this…