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Whose life are you living?

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The longer I work as a psychotherapist, the more amazed I am at how we all – myself included – keep doing things that make us unhappy. Call it a pattern or a habit, whatever you call it, we keep repeating behaviors and thoughts that…

The Tao of Travel   

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For seven years I read the book “365 Tao” and did the daily meditations. Taoism – an ancient Eastern philosophy – emphasizes compassion, spontaneity and harmony with nature. It says “go with the flow” and don’t be attached to things happening in a certain way….

The new PTSD: President Trump Stress Disorder

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Traditionally, PTSD has stood for “post traumatic stress disorder”. It describes how we may have to tough it out to get through something traumatic (war, rape, bodily harm) and then, when it’s over, we typically “collapse” into a big, ole mess. In this after-the-trauma-is-over phase,…

Prestige, Power and Possessions

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The above title came from a TED talk I watched recently. In it, the speaker – a contented, wise elder – said that only young people expect that prestige, power and possessions will bring them happiness, and that spending a lifetime searching for them is…

How to Say Goodbye

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I just saw the documentary “Restless Creature” at the Digital Gym in North Park. In the film, New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelen talks about “how to say goodbye” to her thirty-plus year career as a prima ballerina. At the age of 47, Ms….

Consciousness, Change and Humility

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This column is inspired by a phrase in a terrific book I am reading “Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life” by Jungian psychologist James Hollis. The author wrote that many of the life’s hardships are “… a summons to consciousness, change and humility”….

Do I Need Anger Management?

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Dear Michael: I am embarrassed to be writing to you, but so what?  I am 37 years old, and angry all the time.   The weird thing is, I don’t know exactly what I’m angry about, but I have to admit that lately my anger seems out…

Old on the Outside

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Recently, a client told me: “I feel old on the outside, but so young on the inside. Why doesn’t anyone see this or understand? I am just learning (in my mid-sixties) how to enjoy myself and not worry about what other people think of me….