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The Psychology of Everything

Articles where I discuss a variety of subjects including:

Psychological Topics of Interest

 

My Views on Psychiatric Medications and “The Medication Generation.”

I’m an agnostic on the question of psychiatric medication, by which I mean that I am not automatically for them or against. Actually I am a pragmatist– I am for them when they work for a client and against their use when they don’t. My comments on this topic have…

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Premarital Advice

I have just contributed to the book Making Marriage a Success by Jaleh Donaldson. She asked therapists and other marriage experts from around the United States to contribute “words of wisdom” for people contemplating marriage.  She  asked the participants to be…

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When Sorry Seems To Be The Easiest Word

Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote, “When Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” in 1976. It’s a relatable sentiment. We all get in situations where we take a strong position and conflict results. We have acted badly and guilt follows.We take time to see things from the…

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In defense of “conscious uncoupling.”

Gwyneth Paltrow is in the celebrity news cycle again regarding her divorce from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. This time she is setting the record straight that she was not the author of the term “conscious uncoupling,” which has gained notoriety as being…

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An Interview with John Bogardus, LCSW: Overcoming Feelings of Failure

I wrote an article published on the Yahoo website Associated Content. How to Overcome the Feeling of Failure An Interview with Therapist John Bogardus, LCSW Jaleh, Yahoo! Contributor Network Jan 23, 2011 “Share your voice on Yahoo! websites. Start Here.”…

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On Dandelions and Orchids: Adaptation Beyond Nature Versus Nurture

There is a new way to describe or type people making the rounds. People, and especially children, can be describe as either being “dandelions” or “orchids” in response to their sensitivity to their environment. Most people are considered to be dandelions in that they…

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When No Plan Is Pro-Plan: At an Intersection of Mindfulness and Control Mastery Theory

The simple paradox I explore in this entry is the intersection of psychotherapy, which is often goal focused, and meditation, where one is instructed to be still and present without thought and to not seek a desired end. Let’s see how we can understand the seeming…

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Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Do I Have an Alcohol Problem? How Understanding One’s “Relationship to Alcohol” Can Help

  When people come to me seeking help for drinking issues, it often feels palpable that they are hoping I will just suggest ways they can successfully cut back and so be able to continue drinking. Some problems with drinking can be episodic in nature, however…

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About the Concept of Powerlessness in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Alcoholics Anonymous The famous first step of Alcoholics Anonymous has acquired many admirers and detractors over the years. I find this to be fascinating because how one…

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Review of the Arts:

Why the new ‘Queer Eye’ moves me, a review

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy made it to TV in 2003. American society was already well integrating the power messages of a post-Will-and-Grace world. The Gay Rights Movement didn’t make the move from hated and abused minority to a kind of legitimacy overnight. It is…

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Another season of Sherlock on PBS is upon us. For those who can’t quite cotton to Downton Abbey then maybe this updating of the Holmes saga is your cup of tea, although I bet most would enjoy taking both.

 

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Frozen–Movie Review–Psychological Themes Suggested by Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ice Queen”

It’s good to see Disney Studios has not lost it’s touch in this entertaining story, oh so loosely based on Han’s Christian Anderson’s The Ice Queen. Some of the characters and plot are taken from the famous Anderson fable. Let’s dive into the story and psychological…

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Commentary: Oz The Great And Powerful, Plus a Look at Psychological Themes in The Wizard of Oz

I can see how the critics have been tepid to OZ The Great and Powerful while audiences, at least as measured by the box office, have been favorable. It is easy to review OZ The Great and Powerful cynically as a formula stealing rehash of the beloved original The…

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Black Swan Movie Review

I loved The Black Swan. Any time acting transports, like it did here, one is in for a real treat. The story works as drama and psychology.  Let me hasten to add I understand anyone who felt disturbed after this viewing experience.  In the small town movie theater…

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Tal Wilkenfeld, the precocious and talented bass player performed with her 3 piece band in the intimate Sweetwater club.

Unbelievable to say that she first landed on my radar 10 years ago when performing in…

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Spry, regal, fun– these were a few descriptors that came to mind for Ray Davies of Kink’s fame after his show tonight. Actually “showman” should top the bill. A legend but not quite mentioned in the same breath as Lennon, Jagger….

 

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A great treat for any music lover is to catch an artist when she is young, talented and on a trajectory that will be fun to watch for quite some time. For those really into the experience, an identification with the singer occurs and a one-sided relationship, perhaps even a feeling akin to love affair can ensue.

 

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Rarely have I attended a show where I was so familiar and intimate with almost every song performed. So I am disappointed to report such strong mixed feelings about Dave Mason and his band last night in Napa, Ca.

 

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Daniel Radcliffe is now well into his run on Broadway playing J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He appears none the worse for wear. Not an overly talented song and dance man, Radcliffe would be a great catch for any decent college production of this show. What he does bring to the role is the shear pleasure of getting up in front of an audience and letting it all out.

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