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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 Comments on the 6/30/12 Wall Street Journal Article “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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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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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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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:

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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Just For Fun:

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…

read more

 

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…

read more

 

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…

read more

Just For Fun:

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…

read more

 

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…

read more

 

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…

read more

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