A Thank You Note to Donald Trump

Category: Media and Mental Health, Relationships and Sex, Uncategorized

Life has turned into the granddaddy of reality shows – Survivor. We are spending our days figuring out how to “outwit, outplay and outlast” each other. Is it any wonder that Donald Trump’s vitriol and divisive rhetoric are “trumping” many of the other candidates?

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Is Anybody Listening?

Category: Health and Wellness, Media and Mental Health, Relationships and Sex

Listening is curative in its own right. To be heard, to be understood, to experience empathy – there is no pill that can do that.

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Freud and The Fall From Grace

Category: Media and Mental Health

Whether Donald Trump trumpeting hateful vitriol about Mexican immigrants in America, powerful men denying allegations of indecency, or pious families hiding dirty secrets – media is a game of Three Card Monte. If you are going to play (or watch), recognize that you are being had.

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The Illusion of Equality

Category: Media and Mental Health

Equality is by my estimation a basic human right. The lack thereof has inspired wars, protests, revolutions and social change. This country was founded on such principles, but saying we believe in equality often does not translate into practice. This has been an equality inducing week in the United States – marriage equality, age-old symbols […]

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Ode to an Eclipse

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I set an alarm and stepped out of my research lab. It felt that important. On this blistering hot day, in the middle of my university campus in East Los Angeles, armed with a pinhole poked through an index card I stood at 245 PM and took it in. A partial solar eclipse. The sun […]

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Facebook Users – Grow The Hell Up

Category: Media and Mental Health

Lots of bodice ripping and whining today as FB users felt betrayed that Facebook (the company) and some researchers manipulated Facebook feeds by putting in “fake” messages to examine a phenomenon called ‘emotional contagion’. The news shows, blogs, and internet flotsam and jetsam suggest that people feel somehow violated that their beloved ‘private’ space was […]

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Hillary and the Rumpelstiltskin Effect

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I would like to think that most people know the tale of Rumpelstiltskin – the little elf who was able to spin straw into gold – and used that skill to gain further riches. On her book tour/exploratory campaign Mrs. Clinton appears to be channeling her “inner Rumplestiltskin.” I had the displeasure today of reading […]

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One and a half tickets……

Category: Relationships and Sex, Uncategorized

    The envelope antagonized me.   Stared back at me from a bulletin board as a reminder of what was lost, and what still had to be found.   Such is the geography of a broken heart.   As a psychologist, a consistent theme that comes into my office or from friends and family […]

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The Myth of the Fad Diet

Category: Health and Wellness, Weight Loss, Diet, and Exercise

10 Fad Diets that don’t Really Work In today’s impatient world, people try to find ways to achieve instant gratification—whether it’s work, play, communication, health, or beauty. As a result, so many diets promising much weight loss in a short amount of time are making the rounds. Some diets are genuinely good for you and […]

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GUEST BLOG! The Myth of the “Good Diet”

Category: Health and Wellness, Weight Loss, Diet, and Exercise

‘The only good diet is a dead diet!’ – Experts Weigh in on Dieting GUEST BLOG – Rens van der Windt In the last ten years more than half of the world’s female population has been on a diet and around one third of men have tried to shed the pounds by dieting. People will […]

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