January 2018

 

The Art of Loving

Posted by Michael Dale Kimmel in Columns

Some subjects are timeless, like love. Many self-help gurus say stuff like, “You can’t love anyone else if you don’t love yourself.” Sounds good, but, what does that mean? Loving yourself is a process, it doesn’t happen overnight. It progresses – in stops and starts…

The new PTSD: President Trump Stress Disorder

Posted by Michael Dale Kimmel in Columns

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,…

The Pros and Cons of Older/Younger Relationships

Posted by Michael Dale Kimmel in lgbt

In my psychotherapy practice, I often assist lesbian couples where one of the women is significantly older than her partner. Last month, one of these women asked me: “Why don’t you write a column about age differences in lesbian relationships and how to handle them?”…

The Psychology of being Sick

Posted by Michael Dale Kimmel in Columns

Does this sound familiar? You don’t feel well. Sure enough you’ve got a cold/the flu and your body feels like crap. You’re sick. Your mental state begins to suffer too. You grow increasingly pessimistic, wonder if you’ll ever get over this “thing”, start to watch…

Practical Spirituality

Posted by Michael Dale Kimmel in Columns

I don’t consider myself religious, but I do consider myself to be on a spiritual path. I want a kind of spirituality that is practical: something I can use every day to enjoy my life more. Spirituality can exist within the context of religion or…