Why tech founders are an underserved population, and why we should all care more than we do.
You really crystallized an insight I can confirm with some of my own clients. Similar to how elite athletes need a special set of training and rehab / recovery activities to achieve at their highest levels.
Thank you very much for this.
At a software event last Thursday, I spoke with a serial founder, who is a professional psychologist himself. He graduated not from one, but two schools of psychology. He said something, I’ve been saying for a long time: that graduates of a one of the schools he graduated from should NOT be allowed practicing. That’s my perception from my numerous conversations with psychologists; I would not trust 99% of them.
So, Gena, you need to be careful speaking on behalf of “mental health advocates,” significant number of whom is woke. Be mindful that associating with the group as a whole, you squander your precious reputation of competent professional, who impressed me as one of The Few, The Proud, The Marines of the psychology field.
Your reliance on headlines is another worrying signal. As we know most headlines are penned by woke, marketing articles by woke - not good source for support to your arguments.
You point: “ And many have come across the headlines signaling a “mental health crisis in startups,” with several high-profile suicides calling attention to the generally high prevalence of mental health issues among entrepreneurs.”
What were the contexts of these suicides and are these suicides representative for the entrepreneurial segment as a whole? After all, as your experience evidences: “ … many of the high-performing founders I work with are, in fact, in pretty good mental health already.” So who is correct here your experience or, as Obama’s advisor Rhodes branded them, “27 years old know nothings that would gulp anything I feed them”?
There is a lot of evidence that successful startup founders spend their waking hours exclusively on building products and talking to customers. Why the extremely limited time they have for their own sanity is better spent in therapy rather than exercising, or spending time with family, friends, etc if, as you point out they are in “… pretty good mental health already.“