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Guest Speaker: Ross Ellenhorn, LICSW, PhD, Owner/CEO, Ellenhorn, LLC

Host: John A. Warnick, Esq., Founder, Purposeful Planning Institute

Handouts/Resources: The Ten Reasons Not to Change

Description: The result of hoping and then experiencing deep disappointment can be a profound poisoning of hope. You recoil from hope, because hoping risks another disappointment. In this situation, hope appears tainted, so you stop hoping altogether.

Dr. Ross Ellenhorn calls this “Fear of Hope”. He joined a team at Rutgers University to study it, developing a Fear of Hope Scale, showing that fear of hope is a valid variable in people’s lives. In his talk, he discusses this research, the theories behind it, and how they apply to understanding behaviors often associated with psychiatric issues. In fact, Ellenhorn is concerned that much of what we ascribe to issues of the brain have to do with people fearing hope. He also discusses with participants how fear of hope is a helpful concept in legacy and family business planning.

Purposeful Quote: “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” ― William Faulkner​

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