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Cry. Laugh. Feel.

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Many people tell me that I don’t look my age (66). When they ask me: “What’s your secret?” I can honestly say, “Feeling your feelings is crucial.” That doesn’t mean you have to express your feelings to or at another person (that creates drama, and is a…

The Best Sleep Ever

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Sleep: beautiful, wonderful, drowsy, deep, restful sleep. Don’t we love it? Isn’t it one of the best things in life? Doesn’t it keep us well-rested, content and healthy? And isn’t it a drag when we can’t have it? I was talking with a client recently…

Don’t Suffer

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I used to be in a Buddhist study group. One of the main tenets of Buddhism was: Pain is part of life; suffering is optional. What this means to me is that there is no way to avoid pain and difficulty – they’re just part…

How to Lower Your Relationship Drama

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In my work as a psychotherapist, I see it over-and-over again: a perfectly happy single person meets someone wonderful. They start to date, it gets serious and – boom! – hello relationship drama! Over the past twenty years, how many times have I heard a…

The “Right” Way to Die

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I hadn’t planned on writing a column like this. However, I hadn’t planned on my sister dying a slow, drawn-out death either.  A year ago I was told that my little sister was not going to live long. In some ways, this wasn’t a surprise:…

Am I Ready for a Relationship?

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Finding the right person who will love you for who you are is one of the great achievements of life. In my work as a psychotherapist, I meet many women and men who tell me, “I want to meet someone wonderful. I’m ready and I…

“Shoving Each Other Towards Wholeness”

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Relationships are humbling.  ALL relationships. Whether it’s with your partner, your child, your parent or your best friend…all relationships are humbling because they show us our flaws, fears and weaknesses. And yet, they are also the best path to wholeness. My grandma used to say,…

Do I Really Need Therapy?

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Last week, at a dinner party, someone who knew that I was a therapist asked me, “Hey Doctor Kimmel, do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems by myself. What do you think?”     My response: Perhaps “need” isn’t the most accurate…