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The Work-Love Balance
Andrew Goetz: I think the biggest challenge in running your own company is running your own company. When we started it was the two of us and we were packing the boxes and now I think we’re at twenty something people and so you have a different set of problems that you have six years down the road than you did when it was just the two of us. And the biggest challenge is adjusting to those new responsibilities and those new challenges and managing everything.
Matthew Malin: Maybe just never being able to sort of stop, too. I would say that is probably one of the biggest challenges for me. And I don’t say this from a negative perspective because I actually really love what we do, but it’s so all the time, 24 hours a day.
Andrew Goetz: Yes, technology has allowed us to continue 24/7 and of course…
Matthew Malin: But you don’t know that until you do it.
Andrew Goetz: The brand is eponymous, so our name is on it. Not that it would make a difference one way or the other, but you’re company when you’re an entrepreneur is your child and you spend a lot of time with your child all the time.
Andrew Goetz: Or one of the challenges is saying all right basta, cut, I’m going to balance my life and do something; not think of Malin and Goetz every waking moment. And that’s hard because it is an addiction and we live in New York where that addiction is a prime real estate for that. You see a lot of people doing the same thing and I think that is a challenge, but we’re trying to work on that.
Question: What’s it like being both business partners and life partners?
Matthew Malin: It was more of a challenge in the beginning. I always say that like my response to that question, because we get asked it a lot is that it’s like when you first move in with somebody for the very first time. The first few weeks are bliss and it’s great and you’re in love and have all this stuff. And then a month or two later, you’re fighting over the sock drawer and you’re learning to adjust to each other’s idiosyncrasies and the little things about living together.
Andrew Goetz: I think there are definitely challenges. Most of the things are benefits. No doubt, our office can attest that we’ve had our fair share of Sid and Nancy moments and I think those personal boundaries become a little too overexposed in the office just because you’re used to that dynamic. I would like to assuage that as much as possible. On the other hand, there is nobody in the world I trust more, so unlike a regular business partner where you may have a certain decorum where you want to say these things, but you can’t. And it builds up and it creates tension and animosity. Usually we can clear the air fairly quickly when there is a disagreement. I would say the biggest problem is when there are disagreements, they tend to be we’re onstage, so, which is unpleasant.
Matthew Malin: I feel from my own personal perspective that I was much more protective of our personal relationship having gone into this business because we are so different. We are so opposite and I anticipated disagreements and I really didn’t want that to affect our personal life. We already had a successful personal life and we didn’t need to sacrifice that for a successful business, so I may have been more conscious of that going into this in the respect that I didn’t give the relationship from a business perspective as fair of a chance in the very beginning and I think once we sort of ironed out the idiosyncrasies of living together again for the first time it’s been fine. We sort of fight and shrug it off and move on because it’s the best thing for the business
Andrew Goetz: Yeah, but you know every relationship has its moments and you know we’re no different for sure.
Matthew Malin: We just celebrated 17 years together in February, so it’s still going.
Andrew Goetz: Business is going. We’re going.
Question: How do your business skills compliment one another?
Matthew Malin: How are we the same? That’s really the question.
Andrew Goetz: Like we’re very black and white. I mean honestly I mean it’s…
Matthew Malin: Andrew definitely has a much more creative mind. He thinks very detailed, very specific. He works on the project. I think that I’m much more analytical. I think much bigger, longer term. I plan farther in advance. That’s some sort of general business concepts, but you know just personally I mean…
Andrew Goetz: It’s very yin and yang. If one says black, the other one says white, so in some ways that is very good because when we find middle ground on something to agree we know it has legs to stand on, so when we’re developing something and if I hate it or he hates it we know it’s not right and when we find things that we can have a union about we know that that’s a good idea.
Matthew Malin: Andrew really has oily resilient skin. I’m dry and sensitive. I mean everything about us… And the brand is really built around this idea of how these two opposite extremes create balance, so a cleanser and a moisturizer how they ph balance your skin and they are these very opposite ideas and the kind of technology or natural ingredients that go into those being opposite, but complimentary and the two of us, how we’ve sort of complimented each other and made each other better and made this business better because we come from such opposing ideas and places.
On being in business with a life partner: "We’ve had our fair share of Sid and Nancy moments, but there is nobody in the world I trust more."
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Gender and sexual minority populations are experiencing rising anxiety and depression rates during the pandemic.
- Anxiety and depression rates are spiking in the LGBTQ+ community, and especially in individuals who hadn't struggled with those issues in the past.
- Overall, depression increased by an average PHQ-9 score of 1.21 and anxiety increased by an average GAD-7 score of 3.11.
- The researchers recommended that health care providers check in with LGBTQ+ patients about stress and screen for mood and anxiety disorders—even among those with no prior history of anxiety or depression.
Study findings<p>For the study, <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11606-020-05970-4" target="_blank">published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine</a><em>, </em>Flentje and her team evaluated survey responses from nearly 2,300 individuals who identified as being in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community. Most of the participants were white, while nearly 19 percent identified as a racial or ethnic minority. Multiple genders were represented with cisgender women (27.2 percent) and men (24.6 percent) making up a majority of the participants. Sixty-three percent had been assigned female at birth. For the most part, participants identified their sexual orientations as queer (40.3 percent), gay (36.5 percent), and bisexual (30.3 percent).</p><p>The JGIM study participants were recruited from the 18,000-participant <a href="https://pridestudy.org/" target="_blank">PRIDE Study</a> (Population Research in Identity and Disparities for Equality), which is the first large-scale, long-term national study focusing on American adults who identify as LGBTQ+. It conducts annual questionnaires to understand factors related to health and disease in this population. </p><p>Participants filled out an annual questionnaire (starting in June 2019) and a COVID-19 impact survey this past spring. Flentje noted that on an individual level, some people may not have experienced a big change in anxiety or depression levels, but for others there was. Overall, depression increased by a <a href="https://patient.info/doctor/patient-health-questionnaire-phq-9" target="_blank">PHQ-9 score</a> of 1.21, putting it at 8.31 on average. Anxiety went up by a <a href="https://www.mdcalc.com/gad-7-general-anxiety-disorder-7" target="_blank">GAD-7</a> score of 3.11 to an average of 8.89. Interestingly, the average PHQ-9 scores for those who screened positive for depression at the first 2019 survey decreased by 1.08. Those who screened negative for depression saw their PHQ-9 scores increase by 2.17 on average. As for anxiety, researchers detected no GAD-7 change among the study participants who screened positive for anxiety in the first survey, but did see an overall increase of 3.93 among those who had initially been evaluated as negative for the disorder. </p>
Risks among gender and sexual minorities<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="fc3fd1ae68b77bbbf58a6995638d6d65"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EnUqDjCqg0A?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>The LGBTQ+ community is a vulnerable population to mental health concerns because of their fear of stigmatization and previous discriminatory experiences.</p> <p>Previous research by the Human Rights Campaign has found "that LGBTQ Americans are more likely than the <a href="https://medicalxpress.com/tags/general+population/" target="_blank">general population</a> to live in poverty and lack access to adequate medical care, paid <a href="https://medicalxpress.com/tags/medical+leave/" target="_blank">medical leave</a>, and basic necessities during the pandemic," said researcher Tari Hanneman, director of the health and aging program at the campaign.</p> <p>"Therefore, it is not surprising to see this increase in anxiety and depression among this population," Hanneman said in the release. "This study highlights the need for <a href="https://medicalxpress.com/tags/health+care+professionals/" target="_blank">health care professionals</a> to support, affirm and provide <a href="https://medicalxpress.com/tags/critical+care/" target="_blank">critical care</a> for the LGBTQ community to manage and maintain their mental health, as well as their physical health, during this pandemic."</p>
What should health care providers do?<p>The authors of the study recommend that health care providers check in with LGBTQ+ patients about stress and screen for mood and anxiety disorders in members of that community—even among those with no prior history of anxiety or depression.</p><p>As cases of COVID-19 continue to mount, the sustained social distancing, potential isolation, economic precariousness, and personal illness, grief, and loss are bound to have increased and varied impacts on mental health. Effective treatments may include individual therapy and medications as well as more large-scale coronavirus support programs like peer-led groups and mindfulness practices. </p><p>"It will be important to find out what happens over time and to identify who is most at risk, so we can be sure to roll out public health interventions to support the mental health of our communities in the best and most effective ways," said Flentje.</p>
What we know about black holes is both fascinating and scary.
- When it comes to black holes, science simultaneously knows so much and so little, which is why they are so fascinating. Focusing on what we do know, this group of astronomers, educators, and physicists share some of the most incredible facts about the powerful and mysterious objects.
- A black hole is so massive that light (and anything else it swallows) can't escape, says Bill Nye. You can't see a black hole, theoretical physicists Michio Kaku and Christophe Galfard explain, because it is too dark. What you can see, however, is the distortion of light around it caused by its extreme gravity.
- Explaining one unsettling concept from astrophysics called spaghettification, astronomer Michelle Thaller says that "If you got close to a black hole there would be tides over your body that small that would rip you apart into basically a strand of spaghetti that would fall down the black hole."
The team caught a glimpse of a process that takes 18,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years.
- In Italy, a team of scientists is using a highly sophisticated detector to hunt for dark matter.
- The team observed an ultra-rare particle interaction that reveals the half-life of a xenon-124 atom to be 18 sextillion years.
- The half-life of a process is how long it takes for half of the radioactive nuclei present in a sample to decay.
A new study looks at what would happen to human language on a long journey to other star systems.
- A new study proposes that language could change dramatically on long space voyages.
- Spacefaring people might lose the ability to understand the people of Earth.
- This scenario is of particular concern for potential "generation ships".