– George Sheehan
I am a child psychologist by training, and am fascinated by human behavior. I am particularly interested in the legacy of early experience. How do the events and experiences that we have early in life manifest in our later patterns thoughts, feelings, and behavior? And, if we know that we have liabilities, or “baggage”, from these early experiences, how can we get ourselves back on track? At work, I have the great fortune of being able to analyze large data sets to answer such questions. But sometimes the answers also reveal themselves in less obvious places. Like at the gym.
It would be a stretch to make any conclusions about my infant attachment security based on my proximity to CrossFit coaches during mobility “circle time”. Yet, over the past year and a half, as I’ve gained more confidence in my abilities with the help and encouragement of coaches and fellow Prelude athletes, I find myself sitting next to the coaches less and less during circle time. This self-observation led me to reconsider the variety of environments that may provide people with “corrective” experiences for whatever insecurities they may have. In my research, I focus on the transformational power of romantic relationships in adulthood. My experience at Prelude makes me recognize that there is “ordinary magic” in going to the gym, too.